H, who I met through Mondo Beyondo, encouraged me to participate in Reverb10 (Thanks H!!) which is a way to reflect on the past year while setting intentions for the coming year. A prompt will be sent to participants each day during December and we are to think on and write about each one. So the prompt for today is:

December 1 One Word.
Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?
(Author: Gwen Bell)

I’ve tried hard all day to think of another word than the first that came to mind. Crazy is the word that came to mind. This year has been series of ups and downs. The ups have been pretty high and the lows pretty low. At any given moment, there was no telling which way the day would end up.

There has been a bunch of travel but not quite enough to earn me Premier status on United so two friends and I are flying to Boca Raton next weekend for an overnight trip – crazy.

M spent 17 days in the hospital and 4 weeks in a rehab hospital after a full round of chemo nearly killed her – crazy.

Because of her reaction to the chemo infusions there’s no way she could continue. Her doc sent her tumor for genetic testing and it came back positive for a genetic mutation that occurs in less than 5% of folks who have smoked for 60+ years. She is a good candidate for oral chemo which she has now been on for over two months – crazy.

I had a melanoma removed in June and the waiting to hear the words “put on sunscreen and go live your life” was beyond crazy.

So, what intention do i wish to set for 2011? Rejoice. I want to rejoice in the many gifts with which i have been blessed. I want to rejoice in little things and take some time to slow down and get back to being creative with photography and paper. I want to rejoice in who i am and work toward taking better care of my body.

I’m very interested to see what tomorrow’s prompt will be.


2 thoughts on “Reverb10

  1. What a great way to start your project. And it’s a good word. A great word. Fits your life, as you said. In all the ways you said, and more–you’ve done crazy good things. You’re a crazy great friend. You have crazy fun times.

    Always remember photographing snowcapolypse!

    You take crazy great shots, too.

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