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  • I remember this time of the year many times before. Having so many expectations. Feeling the cold weather creeping slowly onto you, looking forward to something...that, never really came. Yearning for something...that, was never really there.

    This year...the start of the holidays feels different.

    I don't have to expect because I feel like I already have everything I've hoped for. I'm not really looking forward to a lot because I already have what I've always looked forward to. What I wanted and needed feels like it's already here.

    This year...the start of the holidays feels right.

    Simplicity. I imagine myself being around my friends eating Thanksgiving food together and telling jokes and taking pictures. I imagine myself with my family in the garage untangling Christmas lights, and out in the cold hanging them on the rim of our home. I imagine myself sitting on my bed sending out holiday texts to people who actually mean something to me. I imagine us. Walking hand in hand down a sidewalk, walking past Christmas lights under a dark cold night sky; feeling absolutely warm inside.

    I don't imagine anything more than that for the Holidays. It might not be much to many people, it might not even be exciting but to me thinking about the little things like that makes me simply, happy.
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