Reading these posts has me in tears for all the tough things life can throw at good people. This is a difficult time of year for me--anniversary of the most painful loss of my life, so I get teary at just about anything!--but there are some truly inspiring stories of surviving heartbreak here.
I hope noone who posted here minds me praying for them, for peace and comfort and joy to rest on you all, as soft and as gentle as an old comforter.
Turn, turn, turn,....here we are again. It’s Nov. 1 and holidays are here. Call me a grinch but I think holidays are for children. I don’t have any so I don’t pay much attention to holidays. I can entertain myself in other ways. And we don’t live in villages anymore. We are sometimes hundreds or thousands of miles apart. I can’t walk across the street to my families gathering because they are 250 miles away and I don’t like Winter travel. It’s stressful and dangerous. And as mentioned way too much alcohol is consumed.
I like and appreciate the suggestions on how to cope with SAD, nutrition, loss, illness, and other hazards. And now we have Zoom. Kidding.
Jeremy Baker wrote:Call me a grinch but I think holidays are for children.
It's different when they grow up, but it's still wonderful. We have a large, extended family and we're scattered. That means it's a different mix for each holiday, depending upon who can make it. It's great to get together and share what's been going on in each other's lives and to see nieces/nephews/grandchildren growing up.
If you're feeling that it's just for children, try taking some of the suggestions in this thread and get together with adults. If you don't know many, find a club -- chess, Scrabble, gardening, flowers, cooking. There's a group for just about everything. Try not to be alone. For most people (not all), that adds to depression (and Grinch-iness).