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I’m a word person: my first career was in foreign language instruction, I love word games and puns, I read voraciously (good stuff and trash—I’m an equal opportunity reader), and I write.
I write a lot. In addition to my cookbook and all the grants and reports I’ve written the last nine years, I also write a monthly column for We Love Ann Arbor and I blog weekly. An average of 1,500 words per post x 52 weeks = 78,000 words per year, or just about a 250-page book a year.
This year, I decided to identify a word for the year ahead: when I look back in December, what one word would I most like to describe what 2019 was about?
I’m a word person, this should be easy, right?
Mmm. Not so much.
Of course, I had a list of about 10 words, which seemed problematic until I came across this exercise in a workbook called Wellpreneur Planner, in which the author, Amanda Cook, recommends coming up with a list and letting it simmer for a while.
I got down to three … but then I got stuck on the one that feels most important: is it freedom? or is it independence?
I have already reached my decision (because after all, it’s my word), but I was fascinated by the input from friends, family, colleagues, and mentors when I asked them about how those words differ in their minds. (Talk about bio-individuality!)
Before I share my final list, I’d love your input: (How) do the words “freedom” and “independence” differ? Do they feel different to you, or is it a matter of etymology or convention?
Let me know your take on independence vs. freedom in the comments and/or what your word for 2019 is.