Celebrate Good Times, Come On…

I’ve come to a Sudden and Startling Revelation, which is not so much a New Year’s resolution as it is a general life-idea (see earlier post about combating the winter blues)… Revelation as follows: holidays are awesome. We should be celebrating the *hell* out of them; with family, friends, food, and music; all the time—as a bold tactical decision to lead better, happier lives.

I’ve traditionally been kind of a grouch and/or lazy and unmotivated to “do” some holidays (I typically “forget” to plan a Halloween costume in advance, ensuring that I will either not dress up, or throw on a mask at the last-minute), but here’s the thing—and lets be real for a minute—everyday-life can be hard, depressing, and lonely. So my goal henceforth is to make a simple celebration out of whatever, however, whenever possible. It doesn’t have to be elaborate and the goal here is not to stress yourself out with more obligations, the point is to celebrate as often as possible, in a way that makes you feel good, with as many or as few people as you like, just to carve up the grind a bit and make things a little happier.

If it’s a problematic holiday like Thanksgiving, well… rewrite the script. Make it better. Have Indigenous People’s Day, or take your family to volunteer at a soup kitchen, or I don’t know, whatever. Make SOMETHING out of it. Maybe something new with a dash of something old thrown in for fun.

I am jumping on this idea immediately and planning a supper for twelfth night. My dad and stepmom are coming to visit and I’m going to cook something special. Feast of the Epiphany much? Yes, please.

Also, I’m going to keep listening to my Christmas music mix for at *least* a few more days.

Celabratory Glass of Bubbly

~ by matthew olwell on January 2, 2019.

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