Happy Christmas my dear friends! Santa comes tonight! Are you excited?? What are you hoping for this year?
When I was little, tucked into bed, eagerly awaiting Santa's arrival, I used to wish for world peace. Seriously. It didn't occur to me what that would actually and materially mean in the world - I was too young to understand the politics involved. Not to mention how appropriative, colonizing and Western-centric that wish really was - why should people who don't believe in Christ, Christmas, or Santa get along for one whole day based on those very principals? And on PST time, no doubt?
That being said, there's nothing wrong with wanting and wishing for world peace. But let's hope for it for the sanity of each other and the planet. Not because a loud, glutenous, white, English speaking straight man tells us to....Fuck. Women's studies was done a number on me. Why can't I just enjoy life and not tear into the underlying politics of everything? I have a love/hate relationship with my degree, evidently. Bottoms up!
Last December I listed my goals for this year:
- love better.
- live smaller.
- to craft more.
- find joy.
- be in the moments.
I have to say I did not too badly. I definitely loved as best I could. I scaled down my spending to live smaller. I found more joy in the moments - ah ha! Two birds with one stone. And while I didn't get to craft as much as I'd have liked, I did focus more on creativity, publishing real live articles for real live magazines.
This next year I'm striving for the same. I'm going to focus on more love. More joy. More moments. More crafts and creativity. Less booze. And publish more. Though those last two seem contradictory to me - to be a good writer don't you have to be a good drunk, too? Maybe not.
Happy Christmas my darlings - I hope this holiday season brings you much joy, friends, family, presents and of course, alcohol and fabulous food. My wish for you is also to lover better, live smaller, find joy, and be in the moments. Show up, in your own life. And lastly, have an inspiring and active new year.
And now for a 'lil Garfunkel & Oates. Obviously.
Come back next Monday for my year end wrap up - your & my favorite posts from the last 12 months plus the posts I think deserve a little more leg humping.
xo - happy holidays,