It's that time of year again. The holidays are upon us and the retailers are shoving Christmas down our throats. Is it just me or does this occurrence seem to be happening earlier and earlier each year?? I feel like the millisecond that Halloween is over, the retailers feel entitled to commence with the gleaming lights and colored garlands and to have Bing Crosby crooning away over their speakers.
It seems as though when the orange and black of Halloween is put away or on clearance, we are subjected to red and green decor and "jingle bells". Now, don't get me wrong, this is my favorite time of year, but that doesn't mean I want it to be thrust upon me. I want it to go slow. I want to drink it all in. I love the change of the weather and the tradition that comes only during this time of year. I love that shopping centers are now decked out with white lights, it adds a sense of class to the area. It also sets the mood I believe. It seems to awaken the child within me, and I would hope it would do that same for all adults.
We need to enjoy and embrace the holidays and the memories that will be created and can't be recreated.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and there are stores open. This bothers me to no end.
We are slowly edging out the holiday. When will stop? Have people forgotten what Thanksgiving is about? It's to show thanks for all that we have and to take time and spend it with family. It's not about going to Kmart or Target to get the best deals. What's wrong with keeping that all for Black Friday? It's there for a reason. I mean what do you need SOOOO badly that you are willing to sacrifice your time sitting outside of a store for DAYS before it opens?? What are you missing out on? Consumers and the public have put too much emphasis on the material things in their lives and not the people. Material objects can be replaced, but people can't. What's an even more frustrating realization is that if we the consumer didn't demand that these retailers do this, there would be no need for them to be open on Thanksgiving. We are setting the precedent.
I do not believe that people need to be working on the holiday, unless it is ABSOLUTELY necessary. And a department store being open is not necessary, a hospital however is 100% necessary. We are taking people away from their families needlessly. Have some compassion. Would you want to work on the holiday???
So as a consumer I am REFUSING to step foot into a store on Thanksgiving. If I miss the best deal ever, well then so be it.
I am getting my AA in December. And for some reason I feel the need to diminish this accomplishment. I don't see the gravity of the situation. Granted it is not a bachelor's or a masters, but it is still an accomplishment. There are plenty of people out there who have not and may never achieve this milestone.
I think part of the reason I am so nonchalant about it is because it took me so long, I graduated from high school in 1998. I have plenty of friends that have surpassed this achievement by now and here I am only now marking this off my to do list. I know that a large part of my feels that I should have been done with this by now. I get so frustrated with myself for not being more focused earlier on. I can't change anything about that now, so I just need to accept it for what it is and realize that I am closing a chapter of sorts. It's important.
And now part of me is like, what the hell am I supposed to do next?? I have been going to school here and there over that last 15 years and it was always kind of there and now, I don't have this to fall back on. I still want to go to school, I do enjoy learning. And now that I am doing a job that I really enjoy, I wouldn't mind taking classes in that field.
The ceremony is right around the corner. I was given 3 tickets for guests. And my frist thought was Firefighter, mom and dad. But dad isn't here. I am sad that he isn't here to see me walk. I know he will be with me that day, but it's not the same. Ironically he was able to attend one of Firefighter's graduation ceremonies. And I am so grateful for that!! But I wish he would be here. It's just one of the handful of things that he will not be here to see.
I am proud of myself. I know that it is an accomplishment, but still it doesn't really feel real. It will feel more real the closer it gets. The ceremony is December 14th, one day after my 33rd birthday. Talk about a good birthday gift.
What is a chalk festival you might ask? Well it is an annual festival that comes to my city that allows artists, professional and amateur a like, to partake in a week long street art event. With nothing but an inspirations picture, chalk and the road as their canvas these talented people bring pictures to life, in the most unique way.
This was my first year going to the festival. It's always sad to me when I miss things like this in our artsy town. I really do take it for granted So to make up for lost time, I went 2 times this weekend! That's right... TWICE!!!
When you see what follows its hard to believe that the above pictures are where it starts and are all that is used for these works of art.
(This is a 3D piece)
(This is my fave)
I hope you enjoyed. These are just a few of the pictures I took between yesterday and today. I am hoping to get back tomorrow to see the finished products.