The Holiday Gift Guide market is a bit saturated, let’s be honest. I’m sure the last thing anyone wanted was another list of over-priced gadgets, and I generally don’t tailor to kids, so the concept of holiday gift suggestion goes out the window. Instead, I’ve decided to put together a little list of things that made hearts happier in the hell that was 2020.
If you’re anything like me, you’re just about at the “wit’s end/over it/losing your mind” stage of quarantine (while feeling like the only one still doing it). Lately, I’ve found myself needing several pick-me-ups throughout the weeks spent Netflixing, job searching (oi), and otherwise being a modern day Cinderella in my home (right when I can’t have many guests – it’s so clean!) So I’ve been branching out a little, trying new things, and in doing so discovered brand new hobbies/activities that really help pump up my mood. I decided to ask a few of my lovely girlfriends what they have discovered helps them weather Superstorm COVID.
I buried my brother a year ago. That isn’t something I thought I’d be saying at 35. That isn’t something I thought I would be saying anytime soon. But here I am, still contending with the part of my brain that every now and then pops it’s head around the corner and says, “Wait, Mike is IN the Earth and not on it?” It’s not denial. It just proves how sudden death is, even when you see it coming.
I just ended an hours long video chat with a dear friend of mine. I’ll go as far as to say she’s one of my favorites. We text each other every day, but as for face-to-face (or the internet’s equivalent), it’s been quite some time. Seeing a familiar face that I love dearly, and immediately engaging in conversation like we had just seen each other the other day, filled me up with so much happiness. It took this call to realize how much I’ve been lacking real human connection. Granted, I’ve indulged in self-isolation more than usual lately (I’m typically equal parts loner and extrovert). But I hadn’t realized until tonight how wonderful it feels to really connect with your girlfriend.
Three years ago I made one of the best decisions of my life – I packed up my shit, stuck my kitty in a carrier (RIP Jax), swallowed my fears, left my insecurities at a United Airlines gate in Newark, and got on a one-way flight to Los Angeles.