You don’t have to be happy just because it’s the holidays. We’re supposed to be, apparently, and we should definitely make an effort to be, but you haven’t failed or disappointed anyone if you can’t fake your attitude. It’s possible to tap into the cheer that other people express. That’s called empathy, and it’s your way of hacking into a better mood if you so choose. Sure, some bad things may have happened this year, but if you think nothing good happened, you’re lying. And if you’re a dweller on the past, why not think of the good? You have an opportunity to remember what you want to, and you ought to seize that opportunity. Anyway, the past is dead—only artificially living on in our minds—and what wounds we’ve accrued have now hardened us for the future. Rejoice in that fact. There will be people you and I come across—either now or later—that will appreciate our scars, show us their own, and smile because we get each other. There are pros and cons to everything, and we can choose to dwell on either at any time. That’s beautiful. Don’t feel that you have to be any way than you currently are. It’s hard to argue that things aren’t the way they’re supposed to be, so instead of fighting that fact (that things are the way they’re supposed to be and we’re powerless to argue that truth), work to build a robust and beautiful future for you and everyone you want in it. We all have so many amazing opportunities before us.
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”