Thursday, April 02, 2015
Good morning all,
So, this weekend, I will be celebrating and enjoying Easter alone. My family is all back in Ohio and I am out here in Colorado and don't have vacation time to be able to go home. I am actually grateful that I was able to go home on bereavement leave a few weeks ago, or I wouldn't have had the opportunity to see my family (including my growing nieces and nephews!!!)
I was reading some articles about 'things to do when spending holidays alone' online and everything that I have seen seems to think people are miserable when they are not with family or a significant other for the holidays.
Not in my case. Usually, holidays for me are SUPER stressful. I love my brothers kids, but not having any of my own makes them to be a lot to manage when all together under one roof!! I love hearing Aunt Jackie being screamed around the house and being dragged around to play, but after several hours, I am reminded why I do not have any of them myself. :) Love them beyond words though....don't get the wrong impression. I just very much admire those who parent very young littles. I have zero experience aside from spending time, spoiling, and then sending them on their way!!!
Back to the holiday thing. I really don't mind that I will be alone. I mean, I am sure its sad that I can't see my family, but really--we are down to our immediate family these days, and I don't feel like a few holidays a year give meaning and purpose to our life visits! My baby brother is coming out here in May, my parents are coming out at the end of April, and if my older brother can get away from 2 year old twins, maybe I will see him too. But gathering all together doesn't have to just be a 'holiday' thing in my opinion. I've always felt this way. Family is important 24/7/365. It's nice to all be under one roof, but it's not the holiday that has to happen to make that special.
So, this year. I'm just going to be enjoying my faith and the reason behind the holiday. Sleeping in. Going to church. Maybe making myself a really nice (healthy) meal. You know, doing my thing. Not to say that I wont be a little sad, but more or less, I'm okay with this.... I'm going to make the most of my own company!!! (Which in my world means lengthy workouts and some Netflix).
And that is when you know you were ready to move away from home.
Peace and love and Happy Easter (if you celebrate).