Yes, it's one day before NaNoWriMo.
But that also means we are on the cusp of a time when, as writers, we can lose ourselves in false pretense.
Coming up on the holiday season is a time of happiness and serious stress for me. I love the chance to get around family, to eat yummy food, to just enjoy life.
It it is probably the time of the year most filled with *expectations*.
|What my neighbor made for her son this year.|
The *good* people often make their kids costumes, take homemade goodies to their neighbors, decorate the house inside and out for each holiday...you get the idea.
And it's funny that, on Halloween, I'm talking about taking our mask off. I like to make some fun goodies, and if they turn out okay I'll probably share, I have no desire to EVER make a homemade Halloween costume for my kids. I'm really good with giving them $20 and 15 minutes in the aisles at Walmart to create their look each year.
But if I tried to keep up with the Jones' - even the Martha Stewart variety - I would end up with months flying past without writing a word.
My kids are little-ish and I want to have the memories with them - absolutely. But that is as far as my holiday loyalties lie. I have to remember what I want, how to stay true to myself, my dreams, my goals, my ambitions in the midst of helping them pursue their own. I have to let myself be free of guilt if I'd rather stay in sometimes than try to find a party or activity to fill every moment. I have to be okay telling people that my priorities are a little different, that I really want that hour or two to write on my computer and pretend I don't see their raised eyebrows and questioning looks.
It's Halloween - you get today only to wear your disguise. And then, spend the rest of the year being happy to really truly be you.
How are you preparing yourself to make it through the holiday season as yourself?