he weeks leading up to Christmas are always super hectic. On my end, it is making sure community holiday events are covered for the paper – the ones I know about anyway. Each year it feels like there’s so much to do, that I can’t find the headspace to think about much else. Then poof, the day after Christmas everything slows down again and it suddenly hits me that we’re in the final breaths of this year.
For me, it’s always been a time to look back over the past year and think about all the things I’ve done and what I might have done differently. Some years it’s good, other years… not so much. I’ve had years where I’ve looked back and felt massively frustrated and disappointed because of how little I thought I had accomplished.
I’m guessing I’m not the only one who experiences these thoughts at this time of year. The time leading up to the end of the year seems like an appropriate point to be thinking about such things, but it’s much easier to focus on and recall all the things we did badly, or the things we thought we should have done. It’s easy to get stuck in a continuous loop of criticizing yourself, without coming up with ways to make it better.