Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Lifestyle: Taking Time To Think
I always get slightly emotional at Christmas as I start to think about my Dad. I miss having him in my life and it's always hard when family events like Christmas come up as I tend to miss him even more. There hasn't been a day since he died that I haven't thought of him, and the pain hasn't gotten any easier. There's just so much that he's missed out on and I can't help but think of how different our lives would be right now if he were still around.
I'm grateful that I got to spend my life with him though, and glad that William got to spend his life with him too. I remember my Dad saying to me "At least I got to meet one of my grandkids" and that's stuck with me. I'm so glad William remembers him even though William was only 1. I still talk about my Dad with Will to ensure that the memory stays alive.
Thinking about my Dad at Christmas time also gets me thinking about those who are without loved ones at this time of the year too. It's heartbreaking not to spend the day with those you love. Some people have no one left in their lives and those are the ones I feel for the most. This year I've donated toys and food through food banks and toy drives to give to those who need them more than us. I can't imagine the pain a child would go through when they wake up on Christmas morning to think that Santa has forgotten them, or not even being able to enjoy a simple meal while others are stuffing their faces and eating luxury.
This Christmas I'm going to 'Pay It Forward', which is a scheme where you do something as simple as giving kindness and paying for something for someone else. This could be paying for the order of the car behind you in the McDonalds drive thru, or purchasing a coffee for a stranger. You have no idea whats going on in someone else's life, and a simple gesture like that could really brighten their day.
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