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Word of the Year 2023

2023 Word of the year

And here we are welcoming yet another year again. A fresh new page of the year is at our fingertips to make it all ours. I truly wish that we would be able to fill the pages of 2023 with our choicest blessings. 

Every year since 2015 I have been choosing a word of the year without fail. A word of the year helps as a NorthStar guide to navigate through the year. When I started to think about my word for 2023 there were a lot of options staring at me. And honestly all of them sounded fitting to my thoughts. 

But one of those words, the first one of those words, kept coming back to me. It appeared in different conversations I had, random sentences and words I heard, TV shows I saw, books I read. It became impossible to ignore this word even though I was moving toward a couple of different words to choose as my word of 2023. 

I realize that this year I am supposed to make more connections through my words and actions. These past few years I sorely missed connecting with others. As everyone else, I would blame covid and its impact, but I know there were many instances I stopped myself from connecting thinking that’s what was expected of me.  

I had been doing a lot of things, sometimes not doing many things, thinking this is what is expected of me. And this action had led me to dislike myself the most. Trust me, I didn’t set out to do so. I didn’t even know this had been happening. But years later when I compare my latest version with the oldest one the discrepancy is striking. 

Well, life sometimes changes us. But if we realize that we don’t like the parts of us that are changing, I would like to believe that we can try to get back to who we were once. Maybe not completely, but a version that is close to our liking. At least the reminder is timely. 

Over the years I have been working on myself. It is important to me that I am myself, at least for the most part. 

The word connection will anchor me this year. I am not going to burden this word by attaching every bit of my aspiration to it. Often all we need is one thing to go in the right direction to get the other pieces to fall in its place. I am hoping this is that one thing for me. And if it’s true I will find the connection in different areas of my life and make it work as it should. 

I am hopeful. 

Here’s to a spectacular 2023!

© Vinitha Dileep


An IT Professional, an author, an accidental blogger, a lover of words and a recent self-care addict. I love stringing words together, which I lovingly call a poem. You can read my affair with words at Void Thoughts( and Reflections..(

11 thoughts on “2023 Word of the year

  1. I liked your word, Vini. I haven’t chosen any word since two years now, but there’s something I have been thinking about which relates to your chosen word: Connection.
    A couple of years ago, I too thought I needed to connect with people, at least the ones who made me comfortable. But over time, I realised I needed to connect with myself first, understand myself better before moving outwards. And I discovered I didn’t know myself as well as I thought I did. So, since sometime now, I have been looking within, trying to understand why I do what I do, and how I need to learn to forgive myself and the world. I believe, connecting with myself will help me connect with others better. Let’s see how well that goes.
    Was that a bit too long comment? ;P

  2. “The word connection will anchor me this year. I am not going to burden this word by attaching every bit of my aspiration to it. ” I like this thought. So often even though we choose our word to help us grow, it becomes a burden when we obsess too much about it.

  3. That is a very apt word seeing what we went through with covid. Its changed my priorities too and I am more focused on myself than anything else. Maybe I am connecting with myself more these days. I wish you a very happy new year and hope this is the year when connections features on top of your list.

  4. I haven’t chosen a WOTY for a couple of years now. It is too much pressure to unnecessarily provide an update to myself. I blame the control freak in me.

    Connection is such a beautiful word and it makes so much sense considering what all we went through the past few years.

    Wishing you a fabulous 2023, Vinitha!

  5. Wonderful choice of words, Vinitha; given the trying, muted times we have lately lived in. May you exhale and inhale in a world of connections. Wishing you well always.

    Blessed 2023.

  6. Isn’t it amazing how our word pushes through to come to the surface. Connection is a very powerful word and something so relevant for our times. Wishing you the very best in 2023! ♥

  7. Connection can mean so many things and it can be included in your life is so many ways… whether it is with people or your inner self. What a thoughtful word for the year.

  8. Wow! I love the vibe that comes from your WOTY, Vinitha!
    Connection—the word and the energy associated with it must have come to you through the random things sent your way by the Universe, so it is not mere co-incidence that you came across this very word in so many different ways. I hope the word brings out it’s real magic as the year unfolds and it brings you that one thing that makes everything else in every other sphere of your life fall in place perfectly, just as your heart wishes for. May it make your life more meaningful in every sense of the word.
    Much love n hugs for an awesomely fulfilling year in 2023, Vinitha!

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