My word for 2018

I've chosen a word every January 1st for the past six years and I'm not about to stop now. Here they are so far:

2012: More

2013: Simplify

2014: Me

2015: Real

2016: Delight 

2017:  Power 

This year, my word is STELLAR, and it's perfect. 

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Just the looks of it makes me happy. I have a good feeling about 2018. It's a time to shine!

Meaning outstanding, wonderful, better than everything else, stellar is a word of praise or excitement...Stellar literally means "like a star."  

I like that stellar is such a natural transition from last year's word, power. Maybe all that all that powering up was the push needed to finally sparkle? I don't know, but what I do know is that I'm ready for an outstanding, wonderful year. I love the optimism. I also like that in order to have a stellar year, just like in a performance, a lot of work has to be put in. I don't mind hard work, as long as there is a reward - so I'm going for it. 

But there is more to it, please bear with me as I nerd out a bit.

You know that feeling when you are out in the darkest nights and look up at the sky and it is so star filled that it's three dimensional? That feeling of both infinite smallness and overwhelming greatness, and the knowledge that you are somehow connected to it all, and the fear and comfort in the reminder that all that you know and love and worry and care about is both nothing in the grand scheme of the universe and has always been?

Yeah, that feeling. I'm going with it this year. 

“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore, we've learned most of what we know. Recently, we've waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We're made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” ― Carl SaganCosmos

It's scary to acknowledge that our place the universe is so small and insignificant. But it's also comforting to know that you are made of the same elements as the brightest stars in the sky and incredibly humbling to remember that you are also made of the same stuff as a rotting piece of fruit.  But unlike the stars or forgotten fruit, we have the ability to do what we want. How amazing is that?

“We are star stuff which has taken its destiny into its own hands.” ― Carl SaganCosmos
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Neil deGrasse Tyson nails the feeling, of course:

And as always, here is the dictionary definition:

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Here's to a stellar 2018 for you, and for me!