The holiday season can be a hard time for those who have lost loved ones. It can be a hard time for those who are alone, or those who have moved away from family, or those who find themselves in the middle of a transition in their life. Facing the holidays can be daunting as you try to figure out what to do and how.
We all have those moments were we realize that there has been a shift . It could be a change in season, a relationship, a job, or life. And in this holiday season, there has been a huge shift in my life.
Last holiday season was one of the worst I have ever experienced. It was the first without both of my parents. There had been so much loss including love and siblings, that I was truly devastated.
When hard times happen, you have c choice to let it drag you down, or use it to rise above. I chose to make love so present in my life that it is tangible. So, if I didn’t have any family, I was going to make it the best Framily holiday ever.
An interesting and wonderful thing happens with you live life with love forward…it is returned back to you. Several wonderful close friends extended invitations for Thanksgiving. And then I got an invitation from a dear cousin, and immediately excepted. Excited to see them, I hit the road for the short trip Thanksgiving morning. And the adventure began…
It was wonderful, seeing everyone, catching up, and laughing. My heart was full and happy as I saw family that I had not seen in a year or more. There was so much love in that house an in those conversations. Many smiles and hugs and genuine conversations. So much support.
I had forgotten what it was like to have a family. To have those who love you and whom you love around. In the midst of grief and being so busy, I had forgotten what it was like to feel loved.
And then as I snuggled down into the sheets and under the big blankets of my cousins bed, I realized that I was no longer alone.
And I felt so loved and so not alone, that I slept deeper than I had in a few years. I woke up feeling light and happy and wonderful.
The rest of the Thanksgiving weekend was spent at the family compound, then visiting my dearest friends, more laughter, drinks, good food and more love.
Finally, my life has shifted. And I ma so thankful and happy that I just sat down and sobbed when I go home. This is it. This is the life I have wanted and worked and prayed for. This is life as it should be.
I am no longer alone. I have a wonderful family and amazing friends. This is all that life should be. And this is the life that I am blessed to have.
Life is short. Love much, love hard, and love forward.