A bunch of friends - some of which I just met last night - met for book club. I used to read a lot and, for some reason I fell out the habit. I like reading … I needed a book club to force me back into it. We read American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. It had controversy surrounding it and I’m glad I didn’t know any of that until last night; the controversy would have colored my perspective as I read it. I liked it and the discussion was good.
In life, if someone paints someone or something - a book, movie or event with their perspective prior to my encountering that situation, I’ll be biased. Of course, it’s not possible to turn a deaf ear to all praise and criticism, we’re human … that’s what we do, but how deeply I ingest their opinions is up to me.
My friend asked me what my “word of the year” was. I went back through my writings (because I’m sure I would have wrote about it) but I couldn’t find it -- but after a couple of minutes I remembered, I did have one and it was “ok.”. The reason for my word was most people are pretty solid in their perspectives, they are sound in their opinions and my chosen word both acknowledges this and helps to direct my response.
I think with all that has happened in 2020, the collective palate has been cleansed. The trivial details that directed our lives -- the opinions on social media, the political “color”, the stuff that we don’t (because we can’t) worry about now -- give us pause as to what is really, really important in our lives right now. Our priorities have shifted.
Re-experience life. Come up with your own opinions and your own perspectives. Enjoy stuff like you’re trying it for the first time. It’s the age of new beginnings. It’s spring, and new growth, and the clean plate.