I’m really not one to get excited for Christmas just because it happens to be Christmas. I don’t criticize those who do, quite the contrary, I envy them. Spending time with your family and friends, listening to Christmas music, giving and receiving gifts, it’s all nice enough. But it doesn’t exactly make me go over the top in the same way I see it happen to some folks. I just don’t feel like it’s different from any other day spent in the company of the people I love and to the background of my favorite music. I think true happiness is often generated by an element of surprise, by spontaneity. Christmas often feels ritualistic, like you’re supposed to have fun because everybody else does, and that has always felt a bit forced to me.
Having said all that, I can say this has been a truly great Christmas for one particular reason: this article right here. I wrote it for the wonderful website Culture Sonar (link below) and I put a lot of work and passion into it. But that’s what I feel I do with everything I write, so what exactly took me by surprise? The reception. Simply put, this is the most amount of feedback I’ve received for any of my work, and it’s been quite astounding. It’s one thing to post a photo of you or to share a song on Facebook, but to receive over 500 likes and 80 comments in 5 days (and another 90 likes and 56 comments on a Queen group I posted the article in) for something you’ve worked hard on really is another feeling.
It feels weird bragging about things like that, because I don’t write in order to chase likes and comments. Still, I would be lying if I said that so many people reading and responding to my thoughts does not make me damn happy and proud. I even got a few negative comments, which is wonderful because it means I really struck a chord somewhere. It’s things like these that motivate me to keep on writing more and more, even in my moments of self-doubt (which I’m sure every writer goes through). It was truly my Christmas gift, one I was definitely not expecting. Hope all is well with you too and see you next year!
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