It took me a long time to admit to myself that the last few weeks, if not the last months, have not been easy for me. My morale has been affected more than I expected and the lack of things that make me happy (ie seeing my friends, going to a bar, taking a dance class) weighs heavily. Now I can say it: I’m really not at my best.
And when I’m not at my best, I eat my emotions. So I have allowed myself for weeks to eat what I want, when I want. I have never eaten so many jujubes and chocolate. So when I saw the month of December coming, I realized that it was not the candies and chocolate on the Advent calendar that would make me happy, unlike in other years. I decided to change my Advent calendar and do something that would make me really happy in this year so different from the others.
For my part, I decided to take a line dancing class (I mean on the Internet, not “line dancing” there) every day from December 1st to 24th. Why? Because it’s something that I missed this year. And by having some discipline and challenging myself, I feel like this kind of Advent calendar would do my little heart a lot more good than I think. I hope that moving will be good for my body and my mind, but above all that what I like to do the most since I was very little, which is to dance, will give me a boost at the end of it. year.
It is obviously a very personal challenge that I have taken on, but I encourage you to do the same. Take the time to think about what you’ve really missed the most this year. If it’s social contact, why not commit to calling someone, different or not, every day? If it’s taking the time to cook, why not find some new recipes to try? If it’s getting moving, why not find an exercise you love and repeat it for 24 days?
For me, the Advent calendar has always been a way of making us wait until Christmas. This year, Christmas does not mean the same for many. The Advent calendar has now become a way of making me appreciate the differences that 2020 has brought about and of changing my habits. It’s good to realize that sometimes you have to take the time to see what would make you really happy.