The first snow has fallen. Holiday lights are being put up. Christmas music has begun playing on the radio. Thanksgiving is over and Black Friday is in full swing. It is officially now what people refer to as ‘the most wonderful time of year’. I suppose in the spirit of everything we are bound to be oblivious to the things around us. I’m not talking about religion (I avoid that topic). I mean the fact that we all get so caught up in what we want we tend not to think of others. Everyday we cross paths with a stranger. You don’t wonder who they are, where they’re going, or what they have going on in their lives. They’re just someone you saw for a few seconds and you don’t give them a second thought.
This is the part where I wish I could tell you that I am a great person. That I’m selfless, compassionate, thoughtful, and have a heart of gold. Truth is, I don’t always put others before me. I take things for granted. Sometimes I don’t treat everyone with respect. I’m just this human living her life. I have flaws and make mistakes constantly but everyday I try to be a little bit of a better person than I was the day before.
I have been extremely fortunate when it’s come to the life that I live. My family is your average middle class and about half of our town can be considered pretty wealthy. I’ll be honest, I was very ungrateful (realistically a straight up bitch) for the things that I had growing up. I would get upset that our house wasn’t as big some of those around us or how we didn’t go out of town every school vacation. My parents always put my sister and I above everything else. They bent over backwards for us to have all of the things we wanted even if it wasn’t a necessity. All they ever have wanted for us is to be happy and healthy. We have always been encouraged by them to pursue our dreams, love who we want, and be the best we can be. Over the years I learned just how lucky I was and I will forever be grateful.
If you take the time to get to know someone you realize that everyone has something going on in their lives. There are those who seem to have the world at there finger tips when in reality their lives are falling apart. The people who put on a brave face and do their best to get through the day.
I suppose where I’m trying to go with this is that just because people refer to it as the most wonderful time of the year it doesn’t mean that it is that way for everyone. Some may be having their first holiday without a loved one. Others may be trying their best to get by. While we are all caught up with excitement of the holidays don’t forget about others. It’s not all about the lights and the gifts. Give to others if you can. Take some time and appreciate what you have. Enjoy the time with the people in your life. Check in on your friends and family, smile at the stranger on the street, it all may be small thing but it can go a long way.