I remember when I was a kid and how I used to look forward to Christmas day 😀 . In fact, it was (and still is) my best holiday season. I get to have new clothes, new shoes and a special hair style. I also get to visit various uncles and aunties who would dash me money *reminiscing smile*. Also, the meals for that particular day were always extra special. I remember that my mom would feed us bread and her “special omelet” for breakfast… we would then go to church for a special Christmas service and come back home to meet a special sumptuous Christmas lunch! This was the day that my mom would put the special casserole dishes stacked high on the kitchen shelf to use. Oh yes, I remember the special sights (Christmas decorations), smells (chin- chin, fried chicken, cake…) and sounds (Christmas carols and advert jingles reflecting the season) of my childhood Christmas and I remember wishing that the day would never end and staying up as late as my eyes could bear just to make this so…
But alas! The morning after Christmas, all the magic disappears and even as young as I was then, I used to feel the emptiness and wonder “where did all the Christmas cheer go?” It’s usually back to square one the morning after. Back to the normal breakfast… The normal chores that I got respite from on Christmas day…. And as for the uncles and aunties that were so generous the day before? Na who born you well to expect them to dash u any money?
And so I would have no choice but to wait for the next Christmas day… or Easter maybe…
OK! Raise your hand if your childhood Christmas experiences were somewhat similar to mine… 🙂
But enough with my ramblings… I’m a grown woman now but it would seem that we sometimes still save special experiences for “special days”.
I mean, what is stopping you from living, really living your life to the fullest now? What’s stopping you from wearing that pretty dress you bought months ago today? What are you saving it for? How about expressing love to your spouse today? Do you really have to wait till Valentine’s Day to do that? Forgiveness nko? Do u set apart a special date in the far future for that or skip out on the process entirely?
The thing is that we still have that Christmas cloth mentality
Truth is every day is special. It all depends on you and how you see it. It is you that can choose to make every day you live a special one by maximizing it to the fullest. I had to break away from the Christmas cloth mentality which was not so easy a task, seeing that I grew up with that outlook, but I’m better for it now. I don’t have Christmas clothes… nope! Instead I try my best to look good EVERY DAY! When my husband and I unwrapped our wedding gifts, I didn’t save the expensive stuff for a special day… nope! I put them to use IMMEDIATELY. When I am busy at work, even during an important meeting, and I feel a sudden rush of love for my husband, I don’t tuck the feeling somewhere in the folds of my heart to unleash on him later in the confines of our bedroom… nope! I reach for my phone and ping him a *Love struck* smiley THERE AND THEN!
My simple message here is this: Maximize every moment… don’t push your best days forward… Live NOW!
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