Last year Sammy was about 2 Â½ months old at Christmas and, I will speak for myself, I was still kind of in the â??new parent fogâ?. Donâ??t get me wrong, I remember much of what went down and have great memories of decorating the house last year and carrying Sammy around to show him the Christmas tree or the lights I put out backâ?¦but life went from â??normalâ? to surreal and I had not quite caught up to that.
This year is a bit different. Iâ??ve had an additional year to get used to things and find out which end was up. Iâ??ve had a year of seeing Sammy grow, evolve, learn, and develop a personality while finding out who I am nowâ?¦not that I am someone different but there is definitely a redefined Matt. Iâ??m pretty sure thatâ??s a normal part of this parenting thing.
Thereâ??s not much to say about Sammyâ??s second Christmas other than I am glad he came into our lives and I look forward to my journey with him for as long as I am allowed to be on it. I really look forward to developing our own traditions and experiencing our kind of Christmas fun. To Sammy, Merry Second Christmas. In 14 months you have filled my life with thoughts and emotions I did not know possible. I love you very much and thank you!
Now to some Christmas thoughtsâ?¦
What are we doing? Why are we here? Whatâ??s the point of doing this whole Christmas thing? Whatâ??s the point or purpose to any of this hamster wheel crap weâ??re doing?
Itâ??s quite fascinating to me just how easy it is for us to go into auto pilot mode. In fact, Iâ??ll go so far as to say itâ??s fascinating to me just how much we seem to WANT to be in auto pilot mode. This combined with all the negativity that we see floating around really have me perplexed. Here are some facts:
~Life is shortâ?¦even if you live to be 100, itâ??s short. The problem is we donâ??t know when weâ??ll be gone so enjoy it, relax, choose to do the things that matterâ?¦mostly, choose to be happy and do good.
~Negativity sucks. If you donâ??t think it sucks than you suckâ?¦sorry, just being blunt. Thereâ??s a difference between being negative and venting. Feel free to vent. We all need to vent from time to time but if youâ??re venting or being negative more than youâ??re being positive youâ??re doing something wrong.
~Living on auto pilot is, quite frankly, the biggest waste of a life in my mind. I can also say that living your life on auto pilot is not living at all. I know itâ??s easy to fall into ruts and routinesâ?¦I do it all the time. The goal is to be mindful of this and once aware you are on auto pilot do something differentâ?¦do a lot vimax online semenax incredible site of things different, if you canâ?¦if not do at least one thing different and wake the hell up.
~We can always do more. We can do more good in the world, we can help more people, we can work out harder, we can eat healthier, we can read more, we can create things more, we can hug more, we can spend more time with our children and others we love and care about, we can work at being better every dayâ?¦and the minute you think youâ??ve done all you can shut up and do more.
These are all things I think about a lot. These are all things Annie and I talk about a lot and that I write about often. I truly like the idea of getting out of our own way and living this life to the fullest. You see, the reason many of us arenâ??t capable of this is because we (our brain, our fear) are in the way.
Why am I rambling on about this on a â??Christmasâ? blog post? Iâ??m not really sure but I think itâ??s because Iâ??m tired. Iâ??m tired of all the negativity and crap that we fill our lives with. There have been two recent deaths that may be the cause of me thinking like thisâ?¦one was unexpected but passed away from a heart attack and the other was from a horrific tragedy here in Paso that I wrote about on our Hoot n Annie blog. The point isâ?¦if weâ??re on auto pilot, if weâ??re not happy, if our lives are filled with negativityâ?¦whatâ??s the point? Why live this life?
Itâ??s just a time for another reminder. Live more, laugh more, love more, say hi more, tell people how you feel more, give more, hug more, enjoy more and worry lessâ?¦just do whatever it takes to put more good in the world and less crap. We can all afford to do that and we can all start right now. Thereâ??s enough pain, hurt, sadness, tragedyâ?¦do something to help fight that.
Iâ??ll start: I am extremely grateful for all the people in my life. The people I only know online, the people I know off line, the people I see rarely, the people I see every dayâ?¦you guys are %$&#ing awesomeâ?¦and I mean that with every fiber of my being. The people that come in and out of my life are amazing and those that remain on some level in my life are there for a reasonâ?¦because I choose that. If youâ??re reading this know that I am thankful.
Lastly, I am very thankful for Annie. Weâ??ve done lots of awesome stuff together but I have a feeling there is bigger stuff coming on the horizon. I feel this in my gut and I can sense it from conversations weâ??ve been having. This life is all about adventures, experiments, and explorationâ?¦so letâ??s get busy.
Merry Christmas everyoneâ?¦thank you so much for being you and being here!