Hello, my name is Andie
and I am Queen of the What Ifs.
You know -
"Yeah... we could do that but what if...?"
I mean, I'm not running around town like Chicken Little
(ie. screaming "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!")
But I am pretty thorough in evaluating all potential outcomes of a scenario,
particularly the ones that could end in catastrophe.
I'm the girl who likes to have a Plan A and a Plan B.
Also a Plan C, D, E...
Well.. You get the picture.
And so it is with great intrigue that upon choosing my word for 2016,
I started to see examples of it everywhere.
I hadn't even announced it to anyone yet.
But over the past few weeks, several people, in a variety of conversations about a range of topics have stopped me in my What If tracks and asked
A N D I E , W H A T ' S T H E W O R S T
T H A T C A N H A P P E N ?
Answers to this question have varied depending on the scale of risk involved;
but the consensus is something like
"I might look silly, but I'll get over it"
"It doesn't work out... so then I move on".
I must admit -
even the worse case scenarios tend to be far over-shadowed by the excitement of potential of success.
And so, following on from my Word of the Year in 2015 - Balance -
I am excited to unveil my word for 2016...
Yesterday, at the end of my Hot Yoga class, the teacher spoke to us about... yup, you guessed it ...
Specifically her recent fears related to meeting with someone she had matched with on Tinder.
Let's all take a moment to appreciate that despite their calming voices and ultra-flexible bodies,
Yoga Teachers are real humans too.
What struck me about her story,
(in addition to an ego-driven "See? Perky blonde yoga teachers struggle to find decent men too")
was that fear is relative.
We all have different fears.
These fears are the result of our own stories.
The stories we tell ourselves are not real.
So this year I am making a conscious effort to ditch the What If's.
This year is about being fearless.