Several friends of mine tend to have a ‘word of the year’ that seems to sum up how they intend to approach a new year. I usually don’t. For 2018, I had one word on my mind – No.
This is my year of No.
One thing I’ve noticed about myself (and other autistics) is we loathe confrontation so much that we end up saying yes when we’d rather say no. We get roped into doing more and more if only to get out of a conversation or argument. Being afraid to hurt someone’s feelings is also part of it.
Last year felt like a year of yes. It was completely unintentionally. And by the end of 2017, I felt exhausted physically, emotionally, and every other way you can. I’d pushed myself to do more and more and more. And had less and less and less as a result, if that makes any sense at all.
So this year is my year of no.
I’m not saying yes to getting involved in things (whatever they may be) when I’m honestly not interested or if it pushes me beyond what’s healthy for me.
I’d actually started doing it in November of last year and ended up writing the best novel I’ve ever written to date.
If life is all about balance, a bit of no sometimes helps keeps you from tipping over.
(That made no sense.)
How about you?
Do you struggle with saying no to opportunities even when you should?
Do you have a word for the year?