The One Word Inspiration series is a guest post series on Clear the Way which asks different visiting bloggers to share whatever they are inspired to share when they hear only one word. The word changes each month and today Megan from Your Wild Home is here to share her inspiration from the word start.
For me, the word “start” is a very hopeful word. After all, one of the definitions is “the beginning of something,” and to be at the beginning of something means it is fresh and new, with nothing having come before.
That’s all great, but how is it inspiring or hopeful? Well, let me explain.
Many of us, including myself, are often scared away from trying new things because of lack of experience. We don’t want to join a gym because we aren’t avid exercisers. We don’t want to write a novel because we’ve never written one before. We don’t want to try a new DIY project because we don’t craft often. Get the idea? But for me, the word “start” takes away those fears.
Instead of joining a gym, think of it as starting a healthy fitness journey. If you were already an avid exerciser, you wouldn’t be starting your journey. You’d be in the middle of it.
By using the word start, you can turn any scary idea into the first step of a journey that requires no previous experience and no expectations.
Start being a novelist. Start crafting. Start experimenting. Notice the difference? It sets up these new ideas on a blank canvas instead of one where we feel like we need to already be an expert on the things we want to try.
The word “start” is a verb — an action word. It requires doing something. In the most basic sense of the word, you can even start doing something you’ve done before. Start walking the dog. Start doing the dishes. Start getting ready for work.
But I’d rather think of it as a word that allows for new beginnings.
Right now, at the beginning of 2016, there is the possibility of so many new projects, adventures and experiences. I could shy away from these new opportunities because I’m scared of not being good enough or not knowing enough. But I won’t, because I want to start the new year by starting. I want to start doing the things that scare me and start journeys I never thought I could take. The word “start” allows me to do these things without fear.
So here’s to a blank canvas — a fresh, new start to adventure and excitement.
Megan is a writer and blogger at Your Wild Home where she shares environmental home improvement and home décor information and inspiration to help you live well. You can find her on her blog, on Twitter or Pinterest.