It’s been well over a month since I’ve last written something new. The only reason I can give is that life has been happening, which has resulted in an extreme lack of inspiration. We are all fully aware of how crazy the holiday season can be; preparing gifts, baking everyone’s favorite sweets, getting together with friends and family- it’s a busy time. We are all rushing around, trying desperately to get everything done on time, that we barely have time to stop and take a breath. Throw work and finals on top of that, and you have the perfect recipe for total exhaustion. As enjoyable as this time of year can be, it’s no secret that it takes its toll.
However, there are those rare moments where you just stop. The world falls away, as you seem to forget everything you have left to do, and you are just left in the void of your own mind. These are the moments when you remember why, despite all the hustle and bustle, this time of year is one that makes you smile. Now, I’m not a religious person, so I’m not going to preach about the Christian version of Christmas, or any other belief system.
I’m talking about us. We, as people, seem to give the world the best version of ourselves this time of year. The time of year when everyone seems just a little kinder, a little more compassionate, a little more understanding. We want the people in our lives to know how much they mean to us, so we try a little harder to get them to see. We spend hours trying to find the perfect gift. We stay up late creating something we hope they’ll enjoy. We bake cakes in jars. We make an effort to see them. We do all of this in hopes that we can make someone else’s life a little brighter.
Now don’t get me wrong; I know this time of year can be far from easy. Some of us come from broken families, that become more prominent during the holidays. Some of us have lost people we love, and this is when we miss them more than ever; when we feel their emptiness so much, it feels like we are suffocating. Some of us are reminded daily of how alone we are in the most brutal ways. But despite all of these things, we still try a little harder to be kind.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned during my time on this Earth, it’s that there are many things in life you will regret, but being kind is not one of them. It doesn’t cost you anything to be a good person. So, paint the picture. Bake the cakes. Wrap the presents. Spend time with your family. Reach out to your friends. Soak in the beauty of the trees, the lights, and the snow. Breathe in the crisp air and watch the flakes swirl and sparkle. Sing along to the music. Enjoy the holiday. I’ve said it many times before, and I’m saying it again: just because life is brutal doesn’t mean we have to be. How you treat other people matters; so, choose to treat people with compassion. Maybe if we acted the way we do at Christmas time all year round, this world wouldn’t be such a dark place. Happy Holidays to all of you, no matter what you are celebrating.