Our lives nowadays are lived at full speed. We keep our heads down, powering on through and barely leaving ourselves time to breathe. Thanks to technology, we are exceptionally impatient beings – everything is instant, and if it isn’t then we don’t have time for it. We get things done, and don’t often sit back and enjoy the life we’re living.
This is never more true than at this time of year. Christmastime is a whirlwind of present buying, Christmas parties, food shopping and eating, and before we know it it’s all over for another year and January has come around again. Everyone makes comments like “It’s December already?! It was only March last week!” and “We’re already halfway through December, I can’t believe it.” Funnily enough, that is how time works! But sarcasm aside, we spend the last couple of months of the year counting down the weeks, wishing (and shopping) our lives away in the run up to the Big Day. It’s easy to get caught up in the festive frenzy! For the same reason, it’s very easy to let the season go by without pausing to enjoy the moment. For many people, January will be here before they realise it and they’ll be back at work having not really rested over the break.
It’s important to stop, sit back and really take in everything that’s happening around you. Don’t let the days go by in a blur of presents and party food! Really slow down and take a moment to take it all in. For me, Christmas is a time for relaxing and spending time with my family, and especially as this Christmas could be my last here for a few years, I am intent on making sure that I don’t let myself get carried away in the hustle and bustle of the days, and that I realy take it all in.
So if you find yourself swept along through the holidays in a hurry of food shopping, cooking, wrapping, gift-giving and running all over the place trying to see everyone, just take a moment and pause for just a minute. Let yourself absorb everything that happens, breathe, and really take everything in. It’ll be over before you know it, and it only happens once a year, so make sure you embrace every minute!
Read the rest of my Blogmas 2016 posts here!