As I lay here in my office (bed), watching the snow fall outside my window, it hits me that Jack Frost has finally arrived. Winter is here whether we like it or not. I’ve spent all month trying to fight this fact, but glitz & glam Yorkville has made it literally impossible with their overwhelming light displays and multi- mill designer decor (which I truly secretly love). The holiday cheer is inescapable, but with it comes the sad realization that the year is already almost over and it is giving me anxiety. Anyone else?
I mean seriously, how the f am I supposed to pretend that Winter isn’t here yet when a 30 foot christmas tree is considered more important than pedestrian walkway space? Where did they even find a christmas tree this size? Lance Armstrong’s backyard? This thing is massive, and is totally politically incorrect (ya, I went there). Why not a massive Menorah or ginormous Mkeka? Oh right, because only 10th generation white people live in Yorkville. SOS.
The realization that winter is here to stay brings much more to mind than snow, goose-down parka’s and peppermint peanut brittle. The more I watch the snow fall, the more I question how the f*ck a whole year has already passed by? I could swear that a week ago I was dolled up in cutoffs and crops drunkenly sprinting to Digital Dreams & sweating profusely in a mosh pit of zombies. How am I already thinking about New Year plans? Why am I already spending money I don’t have on christmas party dresses (for christmas parties I don’t have)? I finally got used to writing 2013 instead of 2012 and now 2014 is already upon us? Did I even stick to my New years Resolution? I give up.
How do years go by so quickly but some days seem to drag on forever? That particular thought bothers me a bunch. We should not be taking our days for granted, and with so few of them left in 2013 why not challenge ourselves to make them all worthwhile? It does seem mundane because why will the days of 2014 be all that different from now? But maybe that exact mindset is the reason why time slips away from us so quickly. Time is not a guarantee. It’s a luxury.
So, I vow, from now until 2014, to do something each day that is meaningful and memorable. Little acts of kindness towards others brings mounds and mounds of joy to oneself. And on the other hand, doing little chores that are so easily put off ’til tomorrow can bring a strong sense of satisfaction (cue the Rolling Stones). It’s simple things, like cleaning up your room, or buying a coffee for someone less fortunate, or calling your Mum just to say hi. Maybe you want to get creative and paint a picture or make your own homemade soup or organic brown sugar body scrub. Whatever. Do something to break your routine, to switch things up a bit. Something to define today. To make each and every day worthwhile.
“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” – George Harrison
And with that, I am off to make a snow angel in the streets. Oncoming traffic’s got nothing on me.
Happy Saturdays Toronto xx