I was walking through a shopping centre, heading for the toilet block. (Why am I telling you this? Because ideas don’t come at glamorous times. They come while living life. A self retreat & all that Pinterest worthy stuff is great, and can help, but it’s not the only way things can happen.)
I had just parked my car & was thinking about the shops lining the outside as I walked in.
There was a cafe. It got me thinking. I had once had a job interview there that made me realise something about a passion for myself, how I like to work & how needs were making me hide part of who I am.
My Word for 2016
I don’t know what to do in cafes. I don’t like the smell or taste of coffee, I don’t drink juice or milk shakes, I only drink tea rarely (and even then only green tea with honey that I’ve made myself). I also don’t enjoy the cake type food that Cafes serve (nor the price they charge for what I can make at home).
If you remember last week, I was feeling all annoyed about explaining who I am. I hate frustration and I feel it often.
That interview I mentioned above was working for a consultant. I wondered how I would go when I get my consultancy ideas properly defined, and up and running. Would I have to meet people in coffee shops? I mean, my business is aimed to be mostly location independent (for the purposes of both travel & working t home). How do I justify the etiquette of working in a coffee shop when I don’t like what business offers?
I had been sitting in a park just before I went to the shops. So I thought “what if I met clients in a park?”
Honestly? What is the difference? Both can be loud, both can be quiet. Both can have wifi these days. One gets you fresh air and vitamin D. The other is less likely to.
Walking meetings are sometimes promoted in large workplaces. Which can be good – but sometimes you need to sit to meet to refer to materials or laptops or whatever is relevant. Is it socially acceptable to have a walking meeting in a park but not a sitting meeting? How did we arrive at this?
Which all brings me, in a very roundabout way, to my word for 2016. Reclaim. I want to reclaim my values. I want to reclaim who I am, particularly without explaining it to others.
I know Reclaim has had some negative connotations in recent years. But fuck right-wing radicals. The word had meaning before it was used in that way & right now, reclaim is empowering to me.
Did you choose a word for 2016? Do you think it still suits how your year is going?