On Saturday, Jason I went on our annual Christmas date to watch The Actor’s Theater of Louisville perform A Christmas Carol. We watch the play, treat ourselves to a nice dinner, and stay in a hotel. It’s a present to one another, and we look forward to it for months.
This year has been riddled with stress. I think most of you can relate. Life is overwhelming and often tough. During one of the last scenes of the play, I began to cry. I’m not an overly-emotional person, but suddenly felt overwhelmed with gratitude and thankfulness. I let the tears flow; who can’t use a good cry?
I’ve worked a ton the past few weeks and haven’t slept well. But Saturday night, all of that stress melted away. I was overcome with gratitude for my job and my life. Because of my job, we were able to attend the play, have a nice dinner, and stay at a hotel. We were able to come home to our warm house that’s more than enough for the two of us. I was able to cook us a delicious dinner and we relaxed under the glow of our Christmas tree and watched Home Alone. All of those things are possible because we’re both lucky enough to do what we love.
On Wednesday, we’ll go home and spend the holidays with my family (God willing). We’ll open gifts, eat, and enjoy one another’s company. I’m beyond grateful for a healthy, close family. Many do not share that luxury.
My heart breaks for those struggling right now: those who have lost loved ones, who are struggling with health issues, have lost jobs or homes, or are feeling lonely or sad.
You never know what someone is going through and it’s my wish that we all learn a little empathy. As happy or together as a person might seem on social media, it’s impossible to know what’s happening in one’s life or heart.
Last year, I posted this on my personal Facebook page: