Well it is almost 7am. It’s that time of the year when I get the armour out of the cupboard and prepare to hit the shops, ha ha! I have got most of my presents, I just need a few final things, I have a plan of where I am going and what I have to get. I must admit because it is only a few pieces to get I am not really nervous about it. I know it is going to be frantic out there. The roads will be more akin to mass exodus than to Christmas, finding that elusive parking space won’t be easy then there is the hustle and bustle of the shops. I know what it will be like but I am prepared, well as prepared as I can be. I chose to go out with the Christmas CD up high, to sing along and just enjoy the day, aren’t you glad you won’t be travelling with me. I have no tight schedule to work to and if I can’t find something on my list, well no stress I will just get something else. I am going to stop at times and to watch, there is going to be a lot of stressful people rushing, kids crying, parent’s losing the rag. But I am not going to enter that state. I chose to slow down and to ponder the reason for the season. I am not even going to allow those that cut me off on the road or those that hit me with their bags as they pass and don’t even say sorry to get to me. There is enough stress out there. I am going to use my positive energy to effect those around me. Find time to smile at some strangers. I am not even going to allow the wrapping of presents to stress me out! You know those beautifully wrapped presents with the bow etc, well mine look more like a 5 year old having a fit wrapped them. It’s not about my skills just my thoughtfulness. Now I realise as I type this at least one person out there is going to say something like “Oh shit, I’ve not even started my shopping!” My advice is simple don’t stress it. Before you head out make a list and plan your shopping, leave early and take times to stop for a coffee, maybe a mince pie. I reckon there are enough stressed turkeys at this time of year, you don’t have to be one of them.
Well just home, ever feel like your resolve is being tested? I swear I got stuck at every light on route, I just laughed. It was most enjoyable.