I love words. Obviously, you may say. After all, I’m a writer. But words are so much more than…words. They have a magic kind of power. Some people pick words for a year ahead–a word that they will strive to live by. I love that idea. Unfortunately, I couldn’t choose one. After all, words are a kind of manifesto.
The official definition of manifesto is “a public declaration of policy and aims”. But I like to think of my manifesto as not only the way I present myself to the world, but a statement of who I am as a person—what I stand for, what I believe in.
Kindness. This word is so important to me, because being kind is such a fundamental building block of our world. This word, for me, includes kindness towards friends, family, strangers, people you don’t like, and most importantly, yourself. Never underestimate how big a difference a smile makes, or a cup of tea after a hard day, or a door held open.
Hope. This is my favourite word, maybe ever. (And not just because Albus Dumbledore invokes it so much). I think it’s my fav because everyone, no matter what, hopes for something—it seems so universal. As I writer, I cling to hope. Hope that I will reach my word count goal, hope that my lovely CP’s and agent will like my novel, hope that my first draft doesn’t suck as much as I think it does.
Courage. This is a funny one, because normally I’m the biggest coward EVER. I don’t do rollercoasters, or scary movies or anything remotely terrifying. But a few years ago, I badly dislocated my knee and was diagnosed with Hypermobility. It took me a year till I could walk again. Since then, every time I face something scary I think, “I learnt to walk again, I can DO this.”
Resilience. By this I mean Not Giving Up, at any cost. I always think of resilience as a tug in the pit of your stomach, a rebellion that sparks when someone or something says “YOU’RE GONNA FAIL,” and you instinctively think, “no.” Resilience is the ability to pick yourself up and dust yourself off after a rejection that felt like a kick in the teeth. It’s the drive that keeps you going. It’s the belief in yourself, in your ability, no matter what comes your way.
Self-love. I’m generally a big ball of anxiety. I stress about EVERYTHING, big or small or somewhere in-between. I really have to focus on being calm, on meditation, on taking care of myself. This is something I really have to make a priority. Self-love, whatever that means to you, be it a bubble bath, or a coffee date or a duvet day, is so SO important.
So these are the five words I think are key in my life. They each say something about me, something I *hope* comes across if you read my blog, or if we chat on twitter, or if we’re friends IRL. They’re words I aspire to on a daily basis, and hopefully I’m a better person because of them.