When it comes to December, the number one priority have always been surviving it. Last year I even managed to not let it get me down, a proud accomplishment. But it turns out there is a level above that, and I have reached it. Cracked the code. If I have to boil it down to one thing, it is saying no. Unapologetic, but with a smile.
Hearing about other people's Christmas/jule plans no longer make me cringe or feel like I am missing out. I love giving presents, but I prefer to do so when I feel like it. And I am so happy that no one has been stressing about buying me stuff they can't afford and that I don't need.
The gift tree on a square in Malmö, Sweden, trying to suck me in. It nearly worked.
What little family I have, I don't see, and most of my friends are busy going places they feel obligated to be. We sometimes dream about the relaxed jul with friends, a drama free evening of good food and great company. But in the end they have to go somewhere else, to avoid disappointing someone. I am grateful that I am not that someone. Being endured sucks. Nothing makes a person feel smaller or less appreciated, than being merely endured. And nothing is sweeter than being in the company of people who appreciate you. I hope that you are not just surviving today, but enjoying it. I know that I will.
A merry Monday and a big happy bear hug for you!