Christmas is different for me now as a father of adult children. Instead of putting together doll houses and remote control cars, I am spending the holidays in Los Angeles riding around in the car with my daughter. She is hosting the family for the first time as an adult and a soon to be college graduate. Our relationship has evolved. She is not my baby girl anymore.
Think about your relationships in life. Do you have kindergarten classmates you still keep in touch with? (No, the occasional social media interaction does not count.) Not many of us do, at least not in significant ways. We grow up and we move on. We get new friends. If we still maintain close relationships with childhood friends, hopefully, those relationships have evolved. Your relationships at age 15 or 20 can’t be the same as when you and your friend were nine years of age. If you and your friend are still playing with your Barbie dolls or your Hot Wheels cars, you may want to reexamine your goals and get some new hobbies.
Living your IDEAL life means understanding that life is not stagnant. The IDEAL life is a journey, not a final destination. We are dynamic beings and must learn to change as we grow and mature. Each phase of our lives is important. We can live full and satisfying lives of purpose no matter how young or how old we are. Understanding who you are right now is an important part of living your IDEAL life.
This holiday season I am sharing 12 short holiday posts to help you and yours get through this season with a little bit of joy and happiness intact. Many find the holiday season warm and inviting, but others get caught up in the hype of the season and even fall into the envy trap of comparing our lives to the lives of others. I would encourage you to create your own traditions and norms this time of the year. Don’t worry if the activities of your family or friends don’t match those of others. Be happy and define what works for you and yours.
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