Last week I started to get bogged down in holiday planning. Presents to buy, things to do, concerts to attend, renos to finish, work projects to complete. As my stress levels started to climb I decided to a) drink wine b) eat excessive amounts of chocolate almonds (which then got me stressed about holiday weight gain) and c) procrastinate on Facebook more often than usual.
That same night, in my Facebook feed, appeared the picture of a beautiful young woman. This woman was the little sister of a “friend of a friend”. This beautiful young woman (only 27 years young) had been bravely battling cancer for the past year and was sadly was nearing the end of her journey here on earth.
As I clicked through the posts and pictures written by her sisters and friends it became evident how deeply this woman was loved and how profoundly she had affected the lives of not only her family but so many friends as well. It quickly reminded me that the all the stress we put on ourselves this time of the year is really BS. Who cares if the tree isn’t perfect, or the renos don’t get done or we don’t grab the last “hottest toy of the season” because in the end, none of this really matters.
What really matters is what we have around us – our loved ones, our friends and our health. So I am dropping the stress and the expectations of the season. Instead of lamenting the size of my thighs I am going to be thankful that they help me race up and down mountains and that the lines on my face were earned by my 42 years here on earth. I am grateful for all of my friends and family and all the quality time I am going to spend with them this month.
And that beautiful young woman, sadly her journey ended yesterday and although I never met her I wanted to thank her for reminding me what is truly important. RIP Robin.