It's not the cold you're feeling…

December is not for lightweights. I don’t think it matters where you live or what kind of weather you’re in for either. December has become a month filled with the general busyness and stress of living the way you’ve been taught you should live. It’s a time to be joyful as well as celebrate your blessings with those you love, to give as well as receive, and to contemplate the waning year as well as the one coming and your place in it.

No pressure, huh?

Photo by Andre Benz

I was one of those people who always enjoyed this time of year and did many of the things that one would be expected to do — watch me dance, a mere reflection of the holiday season. A few years ago that changed for me. I suddenly became intimately aware of all the people who find this time of year the hardest of all. I even, briefly, became one of those people. Since then, I’ve been rethinking how this time of year has shaped me and how instinctively I’ve been shaped throughout my life by things I have no control over. Perhaps change is not only gonna come, perhaps it’s desperately needed. And where should change start, my friends?

Being an ornery type I find these thoughts liberating . . . and vexing. I already like to think of myself as independent. Individual. Not one of the herd. But, in the end, it is what it is, isn’t it? You can break the chains of stereotypes or you can mend fences with your past but can you do both at the same time and still be happy? We’ll see. It’s a goal, anyway.

Photo by Amariei Mihai

In the meantime, I’ll keep writing and thinking about ways I can continue to heal myself as well as others. Come here or to my author page, whenever you want some insight into what I’m up to on the writing front. Also, if you go to this link, you’ll find a lot more about me there too: linktr.ee/lilyjava.

Thanks as always for checking in. Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy, and loving holiday season.

xoxo, Lily


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