The Christmas season is fun and all, but then you find you have to give a gift to THAT person. Whomever that person is for you, they are the ones that make gift giving hard. It might not be their fault at all, but they are impossible to shop for, wherever you go.
Said person for me is the bf. Luckily, I picked up something that he nonchalantly stated he really, really liked, but it really wasn't necessary so he didn't buy it. It worked out this year, but what about next year?
He's definitely a minimalist at heart, and he is content with even the smallest of things, which makes him so wonderful. But when it comes to giving him something, I've realized, you wonder for a second whether he will actually use it or not.
The same goes for me too, which is why we work so well together! And when I was tasked with making a Christmas list so that others in his family could get me things, it made me wonder, what is it that I really want this Christmas?
It was actually one of the hardest things I've done this year. It's interesting to come to the point where you realize that there are few things in life that will increase your level of happiness. When you have found contentment. It also made me sad to think about those who have the need to reaffirmed by things. Is that what you really want, or is it that you really want a new job because the one you have is crappy and makes you buy stuff to make you seem happier at the end of the day? Or perhaps you buy all those wonderful books to surround yourself with lively characters because you want to socialize and hang out with people who share your same interests and views.
It's not hard to define your needs, but it definitely takes a bit of time to discern your wants that are not just worldly goods. Perhaps we just all need to take some time out of our day and figure out what are those wants that money can't buy this holiday season and put them under the fitness goal for the new year.