Prepping for Life

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I have been prepping for Christmas like a mad woman this year. You see, for the first Christmas in a very long time, Aaron and I are free from work obligations. For the first time in the 10 years I’ve known him, Aaron is not playing music anywhere on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.  

Last year at about this time, we had just gotten married and were making a huge decision to leave a job and a community that we had been a part of for a very long time. It was a huge step, but it was necessary. Had we not, I’m not even sure we would have been artists anymore by this point. Our leaving felt like a severing. Our identity changed almost immediately, though it took the better part of a year to heal from the mindset that we had forced on ourselves to conform to an ideal we neither aspired to nor believed in. 

This year preparing for Christmas has almost felt like preparing for our new life. This is the first time we are getting to choose how we celebrate, to choose traditions that are important to us. This will be the first big holiday since we stood up for ourselves and our own beliefs and way of thinking. We now get the freedom to choose for ourselves, in every area of our our lives. And I’ll tell you what, it’s a breath of fresh air. 

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