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It’s Christmas – It’s Okay to Have an Ordinary Day – Thoughts from a Deep Thinker

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Every year, I like to write a holiday post for those out there who might be sad over the holidays.  I’m here to say it’s okay to have an ordinary day.  

I get that many people are happy and filled with love for family, festivities, food and gifts. Others are majorly depressed and even suicidal.

I used to fall into the majorly depressed category on Christmas, so I took the pressure off by not celebrating it.  No tree. No gifts.  No special food.  No family.  None of that stuff.  It’s not that I’m heartless or not a loving person.  It’s that I have to put myself first and do things a certain way in order to survive… and to stay sober.

It’s okay if you treat the holidays as any other day too.  It really is!  Don’t consider it as giving in to depression.  Don’t feel like you are less than because you can’t keep up with the others.  Don’t feel horrid because you can’t feel gratitude for anything right now. Just let the day pass. 

Don’t put pressure on yourself to be happy.  Don’t feel guilty if you are sad, mad or hurt. Don’t worry about disappointing others.  Give yourself permission to survive even you are hurting.  Let the day pass.  Trust me when I say I understand how you feel.

I woke up today not even realizing it was Christmas.  Instead, my thoughts were on how I get to cut fabric all day.  How I have a nice steak waiting for me. How I will make my mother spaghetti for lunch.  How I will prep for my fabric sales.  In other words, it’s a typical day for me.  It’s what I do every single day. No change in my routine. It’s what I love. It’s what I need.  It’s what I must do.

My wish for everyone is to just be okay with an ordinary day.  It really is freeing to let go of the pressure. Everyone deserves that freedom!


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