The Christmas holidays can be a bit of a lie. We see pictures of the perfect family, with the perfect amount of Christmas presents, having a perfect time.
If life is far from perfect, it can be a constant reminder of what we are lacking in life.
This will be my second Christmas away from my family. The first time, I felt sorry for myself for about a week, and decided I had to do something to survive.
I grabbed all my ‘Christmas-orphan’ friends, decorated my apartment, we baked a lot of cookies, filled up everyone’s mugs with coffee and Bailey’s, and we headed to Vancouver’s downtown-east-side, also known as, Canada’s poorest postal code.
Handing out cookies, was of course, a hit with those living on the streets; but what I noticed even more, was my friend’s smiles. We felt good. None of us had a lot of money, but we took what we had, and gave it those that had less.
What I learned:
When you feel shitty, GIVE, SHARE, BE AT SERVICE TO OTHERS. It is the best mood booster in the world, and I do believe it is part of the reason as to why we are here.
Christmas has become a commercial holiday nightmare. It targets us on an emotional level to feel that completion comes from the perfect life. But no one has a perfect life, even if it looks that way from the outside.
This holiday season give the gift of thoughtfulness, no matter how big or how small. Shovel your neighbours drive-way, leave chocolate’s for the mail man, donate to a charity, or volunteer at a shelter. I promise with one single act of kindness, the sadness will disappear.
From my heart, to yours, Happy Holidays.