Each year I choose one word to focus on. This year I have chosen the word “me”. Yes, this may seem very self-centered or conceited, but in a deeper way, it truly isn’t either of those. Choosing the word “me” will allow me to be an even stronger person in the long run.
Me: used by a speaker to refer to himself or herself as the object of a verb or preposition. That is how the word “me” is defined in the dictionary, but it means more than that. It means the physical presence that I bring. It means my focus on what I do and say. It means how I see myself.
So why the word “me”? 2020 was a year that I would never say was a bad year. I would definitely say it was a challenging year, but it was a year that allowed me to grow in my passion for my work as an educator. At the same time though, I lost my focus on other areas of my life that I needed to remain focused on. So now I need to find ways to bring my focus back to where it needs to be.
Focusing on “me” will allow me to grow even more as an educator, but in a way that finds a balance between my work and personal life. If I can focus on “me” I will become better in the different areas of my life. I will also learn to focus on care for myself in different ways. I want to be more physically active so that I can get into better shape. This focus on “me” will allow me to be more energized and ready to spend more time enjoying nature and life outside of work.
I also want to focus on being more reflective. I want to think about what I want to accomplish each day and reflecting upon how my actions and words allowed me to accomplish the objectives of the day. By creating daily goals and reflecting upon achieving those goals, the larger goals that I want to accomplish will become more defined and broken down into smaller goals and not as overwhelming.
I also want “me” to challenge myself to show my leadership skills. I want to be able to find new ways for “me” to identify areas in my career that I can improve but I also want to find areas of my personal life that I can improve.
My focus on the word “me” is not selfish. Focusing on “me” will allow me to become a stronger person. It will allow me to be a better person. It will allow me to become the person that I know I can be.
So as we move forward in our lives, let us all take this year to focus on “me”. Now I don’t mean everyone look at me, but rather focus on the “me” in your life. We have to slow down and remember that when we are at our best, whether that is emotionally, physically, or socially, we can be our best for others. I need to become the best for myself so that I can be the best for everyone in my life.
So as I move forward in 2021 focusing on “me”, I want you all to support me. I want you to let me know how I can be better. This year is bout “me” becoming better for you!