Updated: Jan 30
We're closing out one of the toughest years in the past 20 years in the United States, and around the world.
In many places, it's not feeling festive or cheerful.
It would be lovely if life could be like the best version of the holidays we see in media, as well as hear about in so many holiday songs. But there's an inherent sadness for many folx during the holidays. I was reminded of the origins of several holiday songs with Polyphonic's video about Jingle Bells and Joni Mitchell, and how many of the songs during the holidays are about longing for a better time in people's lives.
Many persons have lost quite a bit this year. If it's not loneliness in being isolated for the safety of others, it may be about losing income temporarily or permanently. People have lost friends and loved ones to the SARS-CoV-2 aka Covid 19, and many folx are living with the long-term physical and emotional effects of having survived the virus.
Some folx have a good support network of family and friends that can allow them to lean in and catch their breath during this time. Many persons do not have that opportunity.
There are resources online available, and several good articles about living with sadness/grief in the holiday season - here's just two:
And remember there are services and organizations that can help out if you're feeling overwhelmed:
Please reach out if you need support, help is available. If you're not in crisis, please find a professional to speak to, to be your support.
Be safe, and take care,
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