I just wanted to take some time out today to wish everyone out there a very merry Christmas, and I hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday season.
Christmas over here in Chiang Mai, Thailand is, perhaps surprisingly, not terribly different than what I’ve been experiencing in the States for the last eight years of my life.
There’s no snow. That’s for sure. But that’s the same as what I was working with in SW Florida.
The decorations are everywhere, which prompted my girlfriend and I to pose in front of a massive tree.
Christmas music is ubiquitous right now. The city is lit up beautifully. Stores have become noticeably busier. People are happy and celebrating. Gifts are being exchanged. Business closures obviously aren’t as widespread for Christmas day, though.
I even had pizza for dinner on the night of Christmas Eve, which reminds me of my younger years (my family used to order pizza on the night of Christmas Eve).
All in all, though, the thing that’s most similar for me personally is, it’s a great time to just sit back and reflect on what an amazing life it is.
To have life, and to have the opportunity to live a full, happy, and healthy life, is such a gift.
I couldn’t ask for or imagine a better gift than that.
So I hope you’re all truly enjoying this holiday season, making the most of it, spending time with loved ones, eating too much food, and generally taking advantage of everything this time has to offer.
But let’s also make the most of every day. Not just Christmas.
Because the greatest gift is given to us every single day of our lives.
Today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present.
Thanks for reading.