I know I have gone just over a week with my gratitude posting. This time of year is terribly busy for us all, and when I travel, I lose a few days to travel and a few days of travel exhaustion, let alone the weeks of jet lag. For those who don’t suffer jet lag, it sounds made up. I assure you that for those of us who do suffer it, it is a bitter taste of hell.
But, I have arrived home for the holidays. I may be unable to get myself going today, and my body is in pain, but I am here. And that was no small feat, with 19 hours of travel yesterday.
I am grateful that I made it. There were a lot of flights cancelled and I managed to make it, although we did sit on the runway 2 hours in London. I am just grateful to be home. And I will be grateful on Christmas Day when I don’t have any driving or visiting to do. I am tired. I noticed a lot of people not planning big Christmasses this year, spending wise. I am grateful for that. I think gift giving is excessive and exhausting and puts stress on people whose finances may not have much wiggle room. I am grateful that my friends and family know that I have long said I want nothing. It has given them quite a challenge, but they have been creative. I am not a consumer. I think there are many reasons for this but simply put: the less stuff you have, the less stuff you have to manage. I hope to eat some nice food, drink some nice cocktails, watch some good movies and just spend time together with loved ones this Christmas.
Movies are a guilty pleasure and I say that because I stopped trying to keep up with the latest films when I left the film business. But what took me to New York still remains: the love of a well crafted story. I love visually beautiful cinema as well. Story need not just be the script. And, I admit that I love family entertainment at times, too. Despite being grounded yesterday, it was a joy to pass the time watching Minions and then a few good films throughout the flight. In 12 hours, you can get through quite a few films. Today, I lay in bed at 430 am and unable to sleep, I watched Big Fish, one of those films that reminded me why I love writing. My storytelling is rusty, but I am looking forward to immersing myself in magic realism again…or whatever genre wants to be expressed, now.
I had some interesting people beside me on the flight. I chatted with a fellow from Istanbul and another from Slovenia and I was grateful for my own travels through Europe and for my trip to Istanbul to see the Hagia Sofia. We all have dreams of “one day” and the Hagia Sofia was one of mine. I felt a sense of Oneness and goodwill with the fellow passengers yesterday. Although the trip was not a pleasure, and my back is still aching today, it was – at least – a shared torment.
Today I will go pick up some fruit for 4 am snacking and I will do some shopping for the food bank as well, as service to those with less than I.
I hope that if you are travelling, you arrive safely at your destination.
For what are you grateful today?