“What a waste”

Just a few days ago, I was scrolling through the Internet (as per usual) when I saw a pair of absolutely adorable Christmas pajamas. They were covered in reindeer and snowflakes and made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. But almost immediately, I instinctively and forcefully kept scrolling. It was almost like a reflex. Of course I don’t need these or any Christmas decorations, apparel, or goodies for that matter. What a waste.

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And that’s the same exact thing I said last year. And the the same thing I said the year before…and the year before that…and you get the picture.

My reasoning has always been that the Christmas season only lasts a few weeks, so why waste my time, energy, and money on it? What’s the point in putting up a bunch of decorations that I’ll have to take down in a month? What’s the point in buying a Santa sweater that soon won’t be in season? I scoffed at the people who wasted their money on such a transient cause. Come January, I’ll be sitting here with a huge smile knowing they’ll have wasted their time. While they’re taking down their Christmas trees and packing up their Santa sweaters, I’ll be here with free time and a fat wallet. Ha, I’ll say with a smug smile, I was right.

But do you know what I’m realizing right now? I’m not right. Absolutely no part of my twisted logic is right. And these people aren’t wasting their time and money and energy on nothing; they’re “wasting” it on life. And if you think life is a waste of anything, then you, my friend, are wrong.

The truth is: nothing lasts forever, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time. Just because summer isn’t a year-round thing doesn’t mean you should never buy another bathing suit. Yeah, all my bathing suits are pretty useless during 75% of the year, but that doesn’t mean they serve no purpose. Shouldn’t I have fun and be happy with my vibrant Victoria’s Secret bikinis during that 25% of the time? Shouldn’t I make every single minute as happy as it can be?

Christmas will come and Christmas will go and it usually passes in the blink of an eye. We know that. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy it while it’s here. Everything has an expiration date, which sucks, but that’s what makes it so great.

Because really, what makes those Christmas trees so special is that they can only be used at an exclusive time of the year. And would you love and cherish your Santa sweater if it could be worn in September?

We can’t spend our whole lives reasoning and rationalizing and always thinking logically. Sometimes we just have to live in the moment and truly embrace it for all it’s worth. No matter the price.

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