Many of you have shared with me your concerns about seeing extended family around the holidays. “It feels like they don’t even know me, and I don’t know them. They look at me like I’m crazy.” I’m used to this by now. It seems like every year since I left for college, I would go home and receive reactions of surprise at each new level of self-discovery. I went from a very preppy teenager to a much more spiritual and whimsical adult. Some of my family accepted this, while others criticized me for being weird or “witchy.” Especially given the divide our country has seen this Fall, these gatherings may be even more difficult than usual for some.
Self-discovery and emotional growth is important, though, and the holidays don’t have to feel like an expose of who you are. It can be a time to come together and get to know each other again.
Prompt: How can you show up to be your most authentic self without offending or hurting others? If there’s someone in particular you’re worried about talking to or seeing, contemplate what it is about them that doesn’t work for you or what parts of you seem to bother them. See if you can find some clarity here.