This time of year is really lovely; the lights, the crisp weather, the festive clothes and the music.
The lighting of our town's Christmas tree was last night. Despite the fact that my child refused to set foot outside of the store, it was really a nice night. People were cheerful and the atmosphere was one of hope and renewal. The nastiness of the election seems to be behind us, everyone resolved with the state of our union, either happily or not, they are still resolved. And that fills the air with peace, a peace that has been missing for so many long months now.
Hot chocolate and cool nights have that effect of calming, of bringing love and peace and joy where they were once absent. So do peppermint milkshakes, not that I had one yesterday....
I felt pretty and silly and happy, too. Even though nothing may be as you hoped it would be, even though things may be in limbo and hanging in a delicate balance, things are as they should be. Just because something isn't the way you desire it to be doesn't mean it isn't as it should be. Sometimes that gets lost in the hustle and bustle of this life, but it's important to find contentment with what you have. This life we're living, we only get one. And it is what we make of it. So hang upside down, laugh deep belly laughs for no reason and run around with your kiddo like a complete idiot. Enjoy it all, every bit of it. Breathe it in and breathe it out. Don't waste your time wishing for things you don't have, but enjoy the things you do.