Lots of people spend time with their families when November and December come around. As a kid, it's easy to take advantage of all the free food and desserts that come with Thanksgiving and Christmas. Also, did I mention presents? Presents are great!
Lately, I've only gone home for big holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. For Mardi Gras (yes, we get two and a half days off for Mardi Gras since it's pretty big in Louisiana), I usually stay around campus, working and earning extra money. I used to go home on every holiday the university gave us, but now since I have my own car and a job, I hardly go home. It's hard to find someone to cover my shifts, and gas is just too expensive.
Holidays aren't the same anymore anyway. Since I'm older, I don't run around and play outside, but I'm not old enough to converse with the adults yet. It's like I'm stuck in adult limbo. Too old to be treated as a child but not old enough to have "wisdom," like the older adults. So, for a while, holidays became bland for me. All I did was sit around, read, and eat. What was the point of me going anyway?
On a whim, I took a half day off and drove home to an uncle's retirement party. Everyone was glad to see me, and I was glad to see them. I wanted to feel this loved more often. How could I let a support network like this go?
The moments we spend with family, and even friends, are extremely precious. When you're stuck working alone, fighting to do your best, it's nice to let loose and just relax with your loved ones once in a while. One of my favorite memories in high school is my 17th birthday. My friends threw me a surprise birthday party, cake and silly string included. I was extremely happy, to say the least, glad that they thought of me and remembered my birthday.
It's important to make a big deal out of holidays. Decorate. Eat. Laugh. Spend time with your loved ones. Celebrate. This day won't come again, so take time to bake a cake for your friends. Send birthday and Chritsmas cards. Let your loved ones know you love them. Going all out when you celebrate holidays is just a way to show how much you love each other and care. Even if families are just sitting and talking, at least they're interacting.
Being lonely in college has taught me to appreciate others in my life. Having my heart broken by others has just pushed me closer to the people who actually love me and care for me. In my opinion, being loved is one of the best feelings you can feel in life. It's the smiles, the hugs, the laughter, the feeling of flying while being enveloped in warmth. It's nice. That's why I'm determined to make holidays count because through them, I can show my loved ones that I care and I can feel loved.