Home for the holidays!  Hip Hip Hooray!!

One of the pleasures of Christmas is when family are home for holidays, when adult children return to the family home for a few days or a few hours, it can be a time to celebrate and reflect.

For some of us it is a chance to catch-up on the changes and progress of different members of the family – how much the younger ones have grown over the twelve months – who is working where and the little differences (or not) around the home where one spent time as a child or teenager in previous years.

The moment of the week for me was when I went to pick up a family member at the airport.  I walked across towards the baggage carousel where the (just stepped off the plane) family member was standing patiently waiting for their luggage to arrive from the baggage handling staff – they looked my way … and … I received just a passing glance (from said family member) and then they looked away.

Oh no! Oh bother!  Have I embarrassed her?   Is she ashamed of me? Does my shirt have large coffee stain on the front?  Am I late?  Should I apologise for only being five minutes early for the flights expected time of arrive (ETA) instead of 15 minutes early?

I felt quite disregarded all of a sudden, a bit like a middle aged women at the boutique counter of the fashion department.

Not to be perturbed, I sallied forth and walked up for a smile of acknowledgement and a warm hug … and closer inspection apparently.  After the initial greeting and general comments on flight, luggage and weather – the conversation moved on to more personal discussion.

“You look good, I didn’t recognise you”, she said to me, as we were walking out of the airport with the luggage!

– awkward pause –

“I am sorry, that didn’t come out quite right, have you cut your hair?” she continued with a slight apologetic tone.

… and yes I had cut my hair (about 4 inches shorter) BUT I also feel different too, dear reader.  I feel different on the inside, a little healthier, a little lighter in weight, a little less mess in my life and a feeling that I am in a better financial position that I was at the beginning of the year.  My clothes fit me better too and I don’t feel exhausted by everyday life.  I get things done, I achieve and I am not chasing my tail all the time like I was in 2011.

So, maybe that is a good sign – to be not easily recognised by those we consider close but don’t see every week, those who know us well – maybe the old me is going (staying in the past) and the new ‘me’ is evolving!

Bring on the New (Year) and Improved (Me) I say!

About holistic complications

I like to work on a personal goal or challenge each year .. learning and growing, facing my fears, embracing love and challenges and stepping forward to create a more holistic and authentic life, living with good intentions - a clear, focused and 'real' life! I want to be more accountable for the life I live and create! My experience of being real and authentic are quite complicated at times!! I blog to share my experiences and ideas and to reflect on what inspires me!
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