Ask. Such a simple word. We use it in our everyday lives. Yet, it is so complex. The word 'Ask' leads to many other words. Inquire. Question. Answer.
When you ask, you are curious. You become curious, demanding an answer to what you asked. The first words that come to mind when I think of the word 'Ask', is 'Question' and 'Answer'. When you ask something, it becomes a question. When I ask a question, I expect an answer. I get really frustrated and annoyed if I don't get one. It makes me want to find out that answer, no matter what it takes. A question needs an answer.
When you get an answer, you think about it. You comprehend it. After you get an answer, you build your knowledge. You learn. Your general knowledge is based on asking. Because you asked, you learned. If you didn't ask, you wouldn't learn.
Sometimes, you are not satisfied with the answer you got. You want to ask a question based on an answer. An answer could lead to another question. You might not realise it, but it happens very often. You need to ask more. You need to learn more.
Some people ask lots of questions. Some people don't. When you ask, it says something about you. It shows that you are not afraid to speak up, to give voice, to inquire. It shows that you are interested in the topic, that you want to know more.
My word of the year last year was 'Courage'. I wanted last year's word of the year to be linked with this year's. And it does. Like I said before, asking shows that you are not afraid. Courage is all about not being afraid. Courage is about speaking up, voicing your thoughts. And that is exactly what asking does.
When you ask, you are curious. When you ask, you think. When you ask, you learn. When you ask, you ask more. When you ask, you are not afraid.
Therefore, my word of the year is 'Ask'.