Halloween's Over... Now What?

Halloween's Over... Now What?

Now that you've had your Halloween fun, and the Christmas tunes are cranking, did you forget about the turkey and stuffing?

Now that Halloween, arguably the most stressful, hectic, and anxiety-ridden holiday, has officially passed, and we all survived (possibly even thrived) what's next? Well as you have probably already witnessed it seems as though we have skipped right from October to December!

Christmas songs are already being played on the radio, and movies have already premiered. Next thing you know, Macy's will have twinkling lights up, sleighs lining their displays, and gorgeous Christmas trees throughout their stores, all before the turkey is even put in the oven!

Now don't get me wrong I love Christmas and winter as much as the next person. I mean, really, ask any family member or friend and they will tell you I LOVE winter and the festivities that come along with it. But not in November! Every year the forgetfulness of Thanksgiving is getting worse, which is extremely concerning considering it is a holiday based around family and being thankful for what you have.

Personally, some of my favorite memories are from Thanksgivings of years past. Whether it be held at a hall (yes you read that correctly, one side of my family can fill a hall with nearly fifty, if not more, people attending every year, ranging from newborns to great-great grandparents), or at one of my relatives homes, I enjoy and cherish the time we spend together.

I always find myself playing numerous card games with my cousins, catching up with my aunts and uncles, and receiving irreplaceable advice from my grandparents, and through it all, I can't stop smiling. It is something about everyone you love being at the same place at the same time.

Even the meaning and purpose of Thanksgiving is often forgotten, which is alarming in our current society. This day is meant to be one full of thanks for what we have and a time to relax with our family and friends.

Instead, many people may use this day to prepare for their early morning of shopping they have prepared for the holiday season. Living in a generation that always seems to want, want, want, and doesn't comprehend the meaning of "no," Thanksgiving is an important holiday to remind us of what we have, and be thankful.

So as the leaves begin to fall this year, take a step back to recognize the beauty. And while you take this pause, think of what and who you are thankful for in your life. Don't forget to appreciate your family and friends, because many times we may take them, and the things they give us, for granted. Take the time to be thankful for the little things, as well as the big things, in life before you hang up your Christmas lights and start making a list.

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Sorry, But "I'm Too Busy" Just Doesn't Cut It Anymore

"Learn to prioritize or find someone who will accept your too busy bullshit."

I'm busy too?

You make time for the things you want to make time for. By telling me you're too busy to come see me (when you haven't for months) I am completely understanding and accepting I'm just not a priority of yours. For some that's okay, but for others-like myself-I'm just not cool with it. I want to be loved, appreciated, heard, and seen. I would assume someone that I care for would want that for me too, but some just don't.

I've lost friends, family, and ex's all because they were too busy. In the long run they made time for the things they wanted to, and that was my point all along. You don't just get to put someone on the back burner and then decide when you're bored-"oh yeah, I remember you!"

It doesn't work that way. Maybe it's something I would have tolerated a few years ago because I didn't know my self worth and I wanted to keep people around because I loved them even though they didn't love me. Nowadays, I'm too busy cutting people out of my life if they do me wrong once. That's because I'm done giving second chances to people who don't work for them nor deserve them.

I'm too busy -- Is a load of shit.

What, you have too much school work?

-Okay maybe I'm not going to school to be the same thing you are, but I have homework too. It may be a different kind of work than what you're use to, but it still requires my time and patience nonetheless. So using the "I have too much homework to do, I just can't." Yeah, that doesn't really fly with me.

Learn to prioritize or find someone who will accept your too busy bullshit.

Oh, so you haven't gotten much sleep lately?

Neither have I! Most of the time, a lot of us haven't slept. Maybe you have children, maybe you have tests that need to be studied for, or maybe you have anxiety so bad through the night that you don't remember your last good sleep.

But I'm tired too. We are all tired. Every minute of every day, one of us is doing something that the other person isn't, so stop making it all about you and your schedule. Start acting interested in the things other people do and realize, "Huh, they're pretty busy and they make time for the people they love..maybe I should try that?"

Because what's going to happen is the people you're putting off, will eventually put you off permanently. We may tolerate you being busy for a good while, but that doesn't mean we'll do it forever.

Hmm, You don't have any money for gas?

Then maybe stop spending it all going out. How is it so hard to say to yourself: "Instead of buying booze maybe I'll save some money to go home and see my family."


"I haven't seen this friend for awhile, maybe I'll put off getting shit faced this weekend and make it a priority to see them."

It truthfully isn't that hard.

Maybe you're hours and hours away and you really are too busy to spend a whole weekend away from the hectic mess of it all. Then for God's sake, call? Text? Write a damn letter. Do something to show that the person waiting on the other end for a sign of life from you knows that you still care.

Eventually we'll start to believe you don't, and we probably won't either.

I'm done with I'm too busy. It doesn't mean a thing to me anymore. Every single one of us has our own obligations and activities that makes life seem impossible, but somehow we make due.

And if you actually cared for the person, so would you.

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It's loving them unconditionally every day, and letting them go when they say it’s time to go.

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