I hope everyone has had a very happy holiday season! As Christmas comes to an end and the new year approaches, I find myself thinking about all of the stuff my own family (myself included) has gone out to buy this time of year.
For me, the holiday season typically comes with a lot of stress. Spending money on presents, shopping amongst hordes of people in fluorescent lighting, and attending the 101 obligatory events while getting everything on my own to-do list done is exhausting and in my opinion distracting from the important stuff. My time at SRI, with my new seal family, has definitely given me perspective and while I found myself slipping into some old habits upon my return to the states, I have at least noticed that I don't want to repeat all of the things that made me miserable this holiday season again. So next year I will only be buying presents for a cause and I will only be spending money and time at places and with people that make my heart happy. That all being said this holiday season was filled with a lot of good too! My favorite night consisted of decorating sugar cookies with my best friend (who surprised me by getting back from deployment early!) her fiance, my sister and her boyfriend, my fella, my dog, and another good family friend.
I do think that it has been culturally ingrained into us, since birth, that we are required to spend a lot of money on a lot of stuff that doesn't really matter this time of year, which leads to a lot of waste and to my desire to share this next little memory.
It was only a few months ago that I sat in a small office with a stranger that I now call a close friend, and watched a video that highlighted all the horrors of American/human consumerism. While we had just learned each other's names maybe 20 minutes before watching, by the time the video ended we had bonded over a mutual need for change. SRI shows every new intern this video at orientation, and I am so impressed by how much information one 20 minute video contains and the way it breaks down complex issues so that even someone like me, who isn't the most versed with these problems, can understand.
I am going to let this video do most of the talking, but I encourage any dialogue readers may have regarding anything read in previous blog posts, the info provided in the video below, or any related questions anyone may have!
This year I find myself more thankful, and more conscientious, than ever. I am also most thankful for the people that make my life worth living. To my family, friends, and of course Wrigley, stuff is just stuff, you guys are what makes life special.