Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas

Best Christmas movie ever!

I am afraid to admit it, but I have to honestly say that I am not a 'Christmas Person'. Don't get me wrong it is not because I am the Grinch but it is just because Christmas is usually based upon tradition and frankly my life has been far from traditional....thank god for that! I have only had one Christmas at home with my whole family in our house in the last nine years but that is nothing to complain about. One Christmas we went to a hotel, the next we went to Thailand, the next we were at Disneyworld, the other I was in California and then last year I was here in the UK. I have had a very privileged life so it doesn't bother me that this is the first year I will be spending entirely on my own without any family member. I have spent quite a few Christmas's without my parents but I have always at least been with my sister Ashley. Since I do not have any family or a significant other I thought there is no better opportunity to volunteer at a homeless shelter on Christmas day. Even though I have had many kind and generous offers to spend the day at friends places, I think I need to do this more than ever. 

It has been a rough couple of months and I need a change of perspective. Sometimes you get so self obsessed and mellow in your own dramas. The simplest of problems like fighting with a friend or not doing well at work seem to consume your whole life and you get drowned in your own sorrows and you begin to think that your life is unbearable. I think everyone needs to time to grieve or to be depressed because it highlights what is important to you. If you are not usually a particularly emotional person like me sometimes it feels good to be able to simply....get it out! 
I need a new outlook on life because the fact is that my life is pretty dam good and helping out the less fortunate will be a rewarding experience. 

London is such a beautiful city to be living in around Christmas time! Everyone is always at the pub drinking mulled wine in their Christmas jumpers. The city is transformed and their is so much to do like Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, ice-skating at Somerset House and shopping at Harrods or Oxford Street. Being home sick in this beautiful city doesn't seem so bad after all! 

To my dear and beautiful family, I love you and miss you so much and I wish I could be spending Christmas with you. I thank you for your unconditional love and for your support. I get to live, learn and explore the world because of you. It doesn't matter where I am in the world, I know that I will always have an amazing family to come back to. It is a sacrifice not being able to spend Christmas together every year but I have had the most amazing adventures and I wouldn't change it for the world. I hope you all have a wonderful day....and try not to fight! haha 

Merry Christmas Everyone! 

-Summer xox