Home for the Holidays

 I've been on a sort of hiatus the past month or so. With the stress of school and finances, I haven't had much opportunity in doing what I love most. I've found little time for simply taking photos, going on long walks, and even surfing. Luckily, I am back home now, on break until the 7th where I'll return back to school in Santa Barbara.

I've been on a sort of hiatus the past month or so. With the stress of school and finances, I haven't had much opportunity in doing what I love most. I've found little time for simply taking photos, going on long walks, and even surfing. Luckily, I am back home now, on break until the 7th where I'll return back to school in Santa Barbara.

 Yesterday was my favorite holiday of the year, Christmas. If you know me at all, you know I am a huge fan of the season and tend to get very festive, i.e. original Christmas movies every night and listening to festive music since Thanksgiving. As I get older, I find that Christmas comes and goes quicker and quicker by the year. Of course, it seems like it becomes less and less magical. After opening so many gifts yesterday (and don't get me wrong, I love gifts), it was hard not to feel a sense of materiality and just being plain spoiled. I received many things that I asked for, but by the end, I felt like I didn't deserve any of it. 

Yesterday was my favorite holiday of the year, Christmas. If you know me at all, you know I am a huge fan of the season and tend to get very festive, i.e. original Christmas movies every night and listening to festive music since Thanksgiving. As I get older, I find that Christmas comes and goes quicker and quicker by the year. Of course, it seems like it becomes less and less magical. After opening so many gifts yesterday (and don't get me wrong, I love gifts), it was hard not to feel a sense of materiality and just being plain spoiled. I received many things that I asked for, but by the end, I felt like I didn't deserve any of it. 

 This Christmas in particular has shown me what I truly want, instead of all this 'stuff'. I want to spend more truthful time with friends and family. I want to share sincere experiences with those I don't normally do. The gifts I received is just 'stuff,' and although I was pumped to receive it all, while being very thankful, that 'stuff' isn't going to last forever. But making memories and spending time with other humans goes a long way. My New Year's Resolution is to work on my character, and love those who need to be shown love. Let's not forget what the real Reason for the season is this holiday.   -Sean

This Christmas in particular has shown me what I truly want, instead of all this 'stuff'. I want to spend more truthful time with friends and family. I want to share sincere experiences with those I don't normally do. The gifts I received is just 'stuff,' and although I was pumped to receive it all, while being very thankful, that 'stuff' isn't going to last forever. But making memories and spending time with other humans goes a long way. My New Year's Resolution is to work on my character, and love those who need to be shown love. Let's not forget what the real Reason for the season is this holiday. 

-Sean