Christmas changes the older you get. My earliest memories of the day revolve around too many presents, too much chocolate and more whipped cream and Pavlova than any child should ever have. Christmas Eve always spent in a flurry of excitement to see what Santa had in store for me, sneaking a peak into the unwrapped parcels as soon as my parents had gone to sleep. Awake at 6.30am, I’d drag my parents out of bed to start unwrapping the many things I did not need (though that was unbeknownst to me at the time).
Alas, what once was a festivity of Santa and presents has evolved into a beautiful understanding of a different kind of Christmas. Forget the shiny and the new, today is all about being grateful for what I have.
It’s a chance to be thankful for my mind, my body and my spirit; to remember each and every privilege I too often take for granted; to count my blessings for having truly wonderful people in my life of whom I couldn’t imagine my world without (you know who you are); to accept the past and look forward to the future; to embrace life and all of it’s ups and downs; and to be happy exactly where I am at this very moment.
Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, take a moment today to be grateful for everything you have in your life. Forget the shitty things and focus on the good stuff. Big and small, life is full of little miracles. Don’t take anything for granted – chances are you forget just how lucky you are.
If you have clothes on your back and shoes on your feet, if you have freedom of speech and the right to vote, if you can date whoever you want and have sex for fun, if you can you wear whatever you want and go wherever you want, if you have parents who love you and friends who would do anything for you, if you have a roof over your head and clean water to drink, if you have an education and access to books, then count yourself lucky friend, you have more than most. Don’t forget that. And maybe you can use a little of your Christmas money to help those less fortunate than you.
Wishing you all a very happy holiday, wherever in the world you may be.