After much consideration, my 2023 word of the year is “worthy.”
At first, “worthy” wasn’t on my short list of words. I had things like “balance” and “grace” and some other things I thought would be a good fit. But then my word of the year struck a chord, and “worthy” was the winner.
I Am Worthy Of Good Things
For some reason, deep down, I have a hard time seeing myself worthy of good things. It’s tough to accept compliments or praise. Even if it means taking a deep breath, it’s time for me to say “thank you” and believe in the good things that come my way.
I Am Worthy Of The Space I Hold In This World
As a taller, larger human being, my default is to take up as little space as I can. I always try to be small, to be diplomatic, to not make waves. But I am worthy of all those things. I deserve to stand tall, claim my space, and speak my mind. It’s a difficult habit to break, but this is the year I plan to try.
I Am Worthy Of Happiness
Another thing I find hard to accept is that I get to be happy. I don’t always have to compromise for others, and I am worthy of choosing things that bring me joy. Teamwork surely makes the dream work, but I also get to put myself first (without guilt) from time to time.
I Am Worthy Of Success
I often joke that I have finisher’s anxiety: I work super hard at something, and when I get to the end, I straight-up choke. No matter how well I am doing, or how much effort I’ve put in, I am scared of getting to the next level. I consider it a devastating case of imposter syndrome. But I am worthy of that success. I am worthy of seeing where those efforts take me. It’s time to let myself experience that.
I Am Worthy Of Grace
As I said earlier, “grace” was on the short list for my 2023 word of the year. However, I find it so much more fitting in this context. I confess to getting hung up in cycles of self-punishment. My kindness for myself is conditional, and I struggle to allow room for rest, downtime, or recharging. With that in mind, I am so worthy of those things, and I deserve to extend myself the grace I happily give others.
Do you have a 2023 word of the year? What is it?