Hey, how are ya?
It is hard to be in a bad mood during the holiday season. It is the best time of year. Between the Christmas movies on ABC Family and houses decorated with lights, the holiday season brings joy.
I love flipping through the channels and seeing all the great holiday classics playing. One of my favorites is A Christmas Carol. Now, I have never considered myself a Scrooge, but the story certainly makes me think about Christmas from multiple perspectives. What was I like in past Christmases? What have I learned and forgotten? How did my past experiences affect my present personality? A Christmas Carol reminds me that time is one of the most important things, and it should be spent wisely.
Time should be spent in the here and now. However, if a holiday ghost was to take me through time to Christmases past, present, and future, what would that journey look like? If I knew my fate all along, would my present behavior be different?
Past: When I was ten years old, I asked for one gift for Christmas: The Clapper. I’ll admit now that it was not a usual kid gift. But remember those commercials where people clapped and turned off their lights without having to get up? I didn’t want that gift, I needed it. Thankfully, my grandmother and aunt found it and got me it for me. The Ghost of Christmas Past would take me back in time so I could witness my family members going out of their way to get Christmas gifts. I would see my Grammy Sue carefully searching for The Clapper, and for gifts for all her grandchildren. Unfortunately, she is no longer with us. I wish I could return the joy to her. However, if I knew then what I know now, I probably would have passed on The Clapper. I would have made better use of my legs, even if it was annoying to get out of bed to turn off the lights.
Present: As I have gotten older, I have learned to accept and appreciate things much more, especially time. Not just my time, but my loved one’s time. I, unfortunately, cannot spend Christmas with my Grampa Bob anymore. However, the time I spent with him was amazing. I will cherish the many memories that my cousins and I shared with him. On the bright side, two of my older cousins had babies, so my family can spend time with them. The Ghost of Christmas Present would advise me to show appreciation for all my loved ones. Focus on the people around you, not the presents. That is what Christmas is about: showing love to the ones who mean the most.
Future: The Ghost of Christmas Future shows me the best scene yet. I see myself healthy and walking. I am an optimistic man who has witnessed how scientific research, awareness, and a positive attitude can overcome any disease, including FA. My wife is running after our kids. Sean and I are trading stories about our kids’ Little League games. All of the cousins are best friends like we are. My older sister, Kaela, is also healthy. She and her family join the party after picking up my oldest brother Ryan and his family from California, where he just got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I understand this might be a fairy tale, like when Tiny Tim doesn’t need his crutch any longer, but just go with it. It is my narrative.
Time is often taken for granted. This Holiday season, take the time to appreciate who you are with. Do not take for granted the wonderful people in your life. You never know who might not be with you next year, so live in the moment. Think about the past, but don’t dwell on it. Enjoy every second of the present. Dream big and imagine the best possible future for you and your family.
Be Happy. Be Merry.