What is one word to describe your 2011? Why does that word sum up your year?
For me, 2011 was about vision, both literally and metaphorically.
I had two surgeries this year to deal with cataracts in each eye. I had my first IOL (interocular lens) implant on March 17, and the second one on June 9. I wrote about each of them earlier in the year, and the transformation has been amazing. Picture looking out of the windows of a house inhabited by 3-cigar-a-day smokers! That’s how it seemed, in comparison to my “after” vision – bright, clear, shiny, actual EDGES on objects.
I’m fascinated by neuroscience, and so I was intrigued by the phenomenon of my rapidly changing brain wiring, as it adapted from relying on one eye, to the “new” eye. The surgery itself was also fascinating, since I was awake (although under the influence of some pretty mellowing drugs!) and eager for the experience. As I said previously, sight is indeed a superpower.
All of that contemplation about my actual vision led to a lot of reflection on the metaphorical level. Now that I had vision, what was I going to do with it? What in my life is clearer now? What can I see now, that I had been blind to? What IS my vision, for myself, my relationships, my work, the world? How do I implement The Vision? How do I enact it? Embody it?
At this point, I don’t have solid answers to any of those questions. Answers will be static, over-and-done. The questions are more interesting, anyway. Even if all I come up with is more questions, they will further define my vision/Vision, and refine it. But I do believe that “Vision” is not just the Word of the Year for me. “Vision” feels like it is the theme for my next stage of life.
THAT feels pretty damn exciting.
What’s YOUR Word of the Year? Please leave a comment.
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