So tomorrow is a Holiday. Well it is for some people. My wife is not one of them, she works in a grocery store, so she will be in there, hustling your eggs, milk, butter and other diary needs up on the shelf for those of you who forget things or cannot shop until the day of. On top of that, the holidays can be pretty stressful on introverts, because we have to deal with lots of people. But, in the spirit of the Holiday I can mention a few things I am thankful for.
I personally find it disgraceful that our culture cannot get it’s mind around the idea that a Holiday should be a Holiday for everyone (aside from emergency first responders.) In my day I have worked all of the major Holidays: Xmas, Thanksgiving, New Years, Easter, Labor Day, Memorial Day. And I just don’t get it. Particularly the ‘big ones’: Thanksgiving, Xmas. Why this country feels that it cannot set aside 2 days of the year when only emergency first responder types work is beyond me. We just work too much and too hard in this culture in my opinion. The American worker is more productive than ever before, and yet the trend is to expect more hours, not less. So, when you realize you don’t have that one item for your feast tomorrow, ask yourself if you really need it, is it life threatening if it is not part of your meal. And if it isn’t, then skip it and stay home. And if you do have to go get that item, think of the people who are there at the store, working their asses off so you can get that wholly necessary item, think about what they are missing that you have.
The Holiday season can be stressful, depressing, and difficult. For a lot of reasons too long to go into. But I can tell you that personally it is because of the people, so many people. Danny asked me this morning if there will be a lot of people at our house tomorrow. I told him that yes, there will be a lot of people, but Friday we get to recover. That is what makes the Holidays hard for me, I love my family, my very large extended family. And I enjoy much of the time I spend with them. But boy can it get exhausting being around so many people, and that requires some self care for me to manage it properly.
Now that I have finished my rants about things that bother me about the Holidays, in the spirit of this Holiday, let me rattle off a list of things I am thankful for:
- My family: my wonderful, hard working super Mom wife. My kids, be they ever so demanding. My parents, who have done so much for me. My siblings and their families, who have filled my life up to the brim. My In-laws, for showing me a different side of life. And the extended family, for reminding me that family does not have to be blood relatives.
- Mental Health: Learning what that term means, exploring all the facets of my mind. Learning Self care, and passing that along to those who might otherwise have had harder lives.
- Friends: Be they close, distant, never seen or often seen, a source of fun, both now, or only in my cherished memories.
- Hobbies: Providing my life with a richness and depth that helps maintain my mental health.
- Physical Health: Cortisone shots, walking, pain relievers, diet, it’s all a part of me, but I am thankful that I can do all of those things, and try to keep them up.
- Work: Glad to have a job, and to work for a company that respects Holidays and provides good benefits. And while I wish that Kim did not have to work when she does or as hard as she does, it does help keep our lives where we like it.
That about sums it all up. Enjoy your Holiday, and I will return on Monday with hopefully many good tales to recount, and very few bad ones.