posted on December 01, 2013 14:19 by
I found myself today making the fatal mistake of spending two hours stuck in a traffic jam, competing with other irate, frustrated shoppers, desperate to pick up a bargain after being paid, looking for a parking space in a cram packed car park.
At the first possible opportunity I aborted the mission to shop, I was there just for food supplies and get home to my local village store, where the choices are limited but at least there is no chaos and competing, just the simple things I needed. When I got home I got to thinking about why life has to change at Christmas and shopping for simple things like food becomes such a stressful experience that you almost dread venturing outside until January arrives.
I have just been reading about a French business man who realised his childhood dream to relocate to a desert island and become the real Robinson Crusoe, somewhere in Indonesia, to then realise the dream when experienced did not live up to his expectations. The business man decided he could not survive any longer without human contact and is leaving the island and dream behind him, in order to re-enter the rat race and jam packed shopping mall car parks.
Life is stressful enough without adding any more pressure on top and I have come to the conclusion, unless you truly, from the bottom of your heart, can justify why you participate in these pointless ritual traditions, passed down the generations, Christmas should be erased from the calendar and be replaced by reality.