Double lives are hard to conceal at the holidays. (Especially during a pandemic). Families demand more. Schmoopies demand more. Worlds collide. Consequently, a lot of people become newly minted chumps this time of year.
Did you have a holiday D-Day?
Not that it’s easy to have your world fall apart on any calendar day, but I’d argue the holidays are probably the worst. You have to attempt to hold it together for the kids, the in-laws. At least this year, there aren’t parties or kid’s choral concerts to stiff-upper-lip it through.
So, today’s Friday Challenge is to write a pep talk, to some anonymous chump out there, who is about to get the holiday surprise of their life — their first D-Day. Tell them how you got through it. What you wish you had done. What you’re proud you did. And maybe some virtual hugs.
My advice to the newbies — your holidays won’t always suck. Just this one. Also, whatever your financial situation, or feared financial situation, do something kind for yourself. I don’t care if it’s just a York peppermint patty at a gas station, or a diamond brooch — gift yourself. Practice little rebellious acts of self care. Kibble for ME!
It gets better. We’re here for you.