Holidays can be so hard for us.
Bad memories. Good ones. No one coming over today. Fear of what may happen if they do. It’s really hard to watch others have the kind of Thanksgivings you wish you could have had. I nearly burst into tears last night watching the stories/posts of someone deeply lovely who was laughing in her pajamas, surrounded by her loving parents, sneaking early pumpkin pie slices. I’ve never had that. It’s not her fault. It’s not mine either. But oh my can that ping of ”what if” come at you unexpectedly.

And so: however your day looks today, whatever you have planned, however it goes or doesn’t go, know that you are not alone. That there are millions of us (really, I looked it up!) fumbling through this day right along with you, our hearts aching but strangely hopeful, doing our best to make something of it that makes us feel good. Makes us feel like what we want and need matter, because it does. Stay steady in your own needs today. Step away if you need to. Leave early if you must. Take care of you today. I will do the same.
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I’m so grateful for each of you and the stories you share with me. Thank you for being brave enough to share here so others may also learn from your strength. We are mighty. We are worthy. We are all doing this together. Sending you so much love.