Instead, I keep coming back to how I want to be in this new year. There is only so much control we can have over the events in our life, but we can certainly control our reactions, our emotions, and our interactions. So I pledge to be the best I can be in 2012 and am taking some inspiration from some of my favorite literary ladies.
Bravery from Katniss. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Her reality is anything but bright, her future grim. But she is fueled by love of those dearest to her. She has pride in her roots. And the guts to fight for her life, even when the odds are definitely not in her favor. In my new year, I want to be brave on my own when the darkest moments settle. Because some obstacles are impossible to avoid, but that doesn't mean a victory can't be won.
Humility from Elizabeth. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I've always identified with Elizabeth Bennett. A wacky, not-rich family. Prideful, smart-witted, unpretentious. The one who will take care of sick family. And I always felt that I knew how hard it was for Elizabeth to wrestle with her feelings towards Mr. Darcy. To admit that she was wrong, her family had made a foolish mistake, and that he really is a nicer guy than she originally gave him credit. In my new year, I want to be able to admit my mistakes better. To open up to new people. And if I just happen to meet my own Darcy along the way, even better.
Curiosity from Calpurnia. The Adventures of Calpurnia Tate by Jaqueline Kelly
Calpurnia is a girl of science but torn between what she wants to achieve and what is expected. She'd rather explore nature than sit and perfect needlepoint. And so much of this has never been me. I like nature when I can sit in or talk a walk. But this year, I'd like that to change. I won't be backpacking hte Appalachian Trail anytime soon, but I'd like to be able to identify a few more trees, spy on a few more birds and plant a few more flowers.
Confidence from Scout Finch. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
She's brash and bold for an elementary school student. Actually, she's pretty bold for a girl of any age. She fights boys. She conquers fears. She tells it like it is. And though I like to think I have a little bit of Scout inside me, I'd like to show it a bit more this year. I'm getting better and better through the years. But like Scout, I don't want to back down.
Glamour from Fancy Nancy. Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor
If you don't know any girls under the age of 7 then you may not be familiar with Fancy Nancy. But all you need to know about her is in her name. She's over-the-top, girly and fun. But also a compassionate and loyal friend. And in this year, I want to be the same. I want to continue loving dresses and skirts and evolving in my fashion. I want to make up silly words to describe my experiences and dream of all the things I might just be as I grow up.
So, dear readers, what qualities do you want to show this year? Are there any role-models in your favorite fiction? Please share in the comments!