- Is this holiday season depleting you financially & emotionally?
- What's the best gift you've ever gotten?
- What's the best gift you've ever given?
- What's on your holiday wish list this year?
Ah, tis the season of gift giving. But living on a private resort island in the Caribbean, I feel totally disconnected from the holiday spirit which I'm sure has permeated the streets of NY with festive lights, Christmas music, and overzealous shoppers willing to go to fisticuffs over the latest toy or tech gadget. But here you will find no shops with decorated window displays, no Black Friday blowout sales, and no Cyber Monday deals (because not even Amazon.com delivers here). It's resort life as usual. And while I'm kinda diggin' the fact that this life is devoid of the pressure of consumerism, I'm still fantasizing about that one thing on the top of my holiday wish-list. Emotional intimacy.
Isolation and island fever makes me long for that special gift of connection. There's nothing like the fun surprise of unwrapping layers of ego and persona and getting to know someone really well. Because where authenticity lives, meaningful and lasting relationships live. I mean, what's better than the gift of knowing someone intimately; the backstory of their lives that shapes their values, beliefs, and their dreams? Or knowing what motivates them and learning how to support them through their successes, challenges, and fears? Emotional intimacy is the foundation for love, trust, and compassion and the gift of belonging. But it also liberates my inhibitions and adds levity to my life so I can be that successful chic that's got her "ish" together one day and a hot damn mess the next day, without trying to hide my confidence or my shame. Yep, emotional intimacy allows me to be fully human. And that includes rolling on the floor laughing at our own inside jokes or long, comfortable silences where all we need is each other's presence to fill the space.
But what I love most is that emotional intimacy costs nothing... except for a little bit of vulnerability.
Indie Girl Diary: writing prompt
All I want this Holiday Season is __________.
Indie Girl-Talk: let's chat!
What would your ideal Holiday Season look like & feel like?