When I saw that the Pantone Color of the year was Veri Peri, I felt a kinship with 2022. As a child, I precociously declared lavender my favorite color. My relatives still see this in me, an anecdote that illuminates my most authentic self.

I still feel lavender — like it’s inside me.

I believe most people have this color connection. They may say their favorite color is blue or red or yellow. But, there is always a specific hue that they see in their head.

And none of us can see that exact hue ever. It’s theirs. They may point to something close — but it’s never quite exactly the tone in their soul.