Not pictured, me…not present, my brother Dillon and family
I have decided to write a post each day this week explaining my top 5 New Year’s Resolutions, before the infamous day comes. Before I jump right into it, you should know that I am still slightly on the way down from the bustling high of last week, and adjusting to being one of two (+ cat) in our very little apartment in a very big state (aka, emotional).
On the way to the airport, I turned to my mom and asked her how our little family of four ended up all over the country. My parents currently reside in Colorado (soon to be Arizona) and my brother and his family live in Oklahoma. We of course chose California as our “home base”, and don’t think that will ever change.
I wondered if other countries look at us silly Americans, and wonder why we all take the chance of getting stuck in snowed-in airports, flying and driving across the country at this one time (and often only time) of the year to be together. Yes, the holidays are a wonderful thing, and spending them with family is a blessing, but why just during this time of year? Is there no other time of the year that holds this much importance? The holidays are celebrated amongst my husband and I mostly out of tradition and for the joy of giving and appreciating our loved ones anyways. That being said, there is no excuse for it being one of the only times we get together throughout the year. I want to be able to have dinner at my parent’s house more often, and go see my brother’s new house sooner than later.
“Life” always seems to get in the way, we say. Life? What is your life then? Work? Responsibilities, obligations? If I were to define my life, I would hope that friends and family would come before responsibility.
So there it is. #1- Make more of an effort to be around the ones I love. To stop making excuses when the plane ride is only 2.5 hours long, and to get up and go more often. In a way, to be more spontaneous. Not everything has to be planned out (surprising, I know). And after spending a week with most of them, I can say that I am happy to be home. It’s an adjustment, but we are all in agreance that we don’t want to live where anyone else does. I’m over Colorado, Arizona is too damn hot, and sorry Dillon, but I would get bored in Oklahoma. But I love you all just the same and I am vowing to make more of an effort to be in your company this coming year.