Some things never seem to change at all. The early morning rumblings of the garbage truck parked directly outside of my bedroom window 5 days a week has never gone away after 4 years of living in my apartment. I guess for the sake of living in a clean environment it is a lesser of two evils that I can endure. On the other hand things that have not changed in my life are the family and friends close to me over the years, and perhaps the thing I am most happy about not changing is my child like mentality. I do not mean that I am immature and throw tantrums like a young child does, but I have been told I have a playful attitude like a child and get excited over little things and to be honest I believe it is the little things in life that make life big and exciting.
Among the list of things that constantly change is our age. I hope when I am 65 I still have my childlike mentality. So, for me it is odd to see the kids that I have helped “manny” over the years grow up into mature young adults. The oldest child of the family I currently work for is 17. He is very independent and self sufficient and so it is weird for me to see him applying to colleges like Yale and USC, a far cry from him applying for his first library card just a few years back. I am sure he is going to become a very successful musician or doctor. Uncertainty is the fun part of life, I have decided. I have always said I did not want to have a 9-5 office job where I would know that the next 20 to 30 years of my professional life would be like. But, and there is a but, having something constant and routine helps take away stress and worry.
Is this why I like the holidays so much? Because it is a mixture of things that are constant, yet change at the same time. The yearly holiday traditions with friends and family, new and old is a great mixture of something that is constant, yet changes and brings about new memories at the same time. Or is it because of the fact that the holidays only last one month out of the year, then it is back to routine realities? Whatever the reasons are, I am glad they are there, even if I can not put my finger on it right now. I do know that to keep my child like mentality I have to feed the fire, so that is why I took a group of friends to see “Disney’s Stars On Ice”. Like I said, it is the little things in life that make me happy. It was something new with some old familiar faces. What could be better?
If you are looking for something new, yet familiar at the same time try watching ABC Family’s “Holiday Classics Marathon” on Saturday the 12/18 all day long! It is one special day created for our viewing pleasure. A perfect mixture of something distinctly familiar, yet a uniquely new experience. Happy Holiday!