Today’s prompt comes from I Saw You Dancing.
What was the greatest gift you received in 2012? What was the greatest gift you gave in 2012?
What do you intend to give yourself in 2013?
There were a whole lot of incredibly generous and awesome gifts that we received this year but I think without a shadow of a doubt, the greatest gift I received in 2012, one that will be forever difficult to top, was all if the love and support we had from our friends and family during our wedding.
Our wedding was a largely DIY and DIT (Do-It-Team) affair. When you’re inviting over 200 people and your budget is small, that’s kind if the way it winds up working. There is no way we could have had the wedding we did without so much help from the people who love us.
People came from all over the country…came early, stayed late…and pitched in wherever they could. It was incredibly humbling to have this army of people just doing what needed to be done. Knowing that all of those people were coming together just for us was overwhelming.
At our rehearsal dinner, all of that love was a palpable thing. As I was standing in front of everyone, it literally hit me. That may sound a little strange but it was a live thing, wrapping us up and holding us close. Knowing you are loved…like that…is an amazing thing.
As for the greatest gift I gave this year, I don’t really know. It feels a lot like I was wrapped up on myself this year and didn’t get around to giving much to anyone else. I know there were presents to people, both tangible and intangible, but I can’t think of them right now. If my Christmas gift shopping is any indication, it’s been a slim year in terms of gift-giving.
Which brings me back to what I’m giving myself in 2013: balance. As I look back over this year, I haven’t cared for myself or my relationships because I’ve been too busy elsewhere. 2013 has to see that change. Walks with my sweet OCD, anxious doggie; time to write & play with my camera; time to make things; time to strengthen my relationships; rest so I’m better at all the things I need to get done. But really…balance. It has to start now. Merry Christmas to me.