I don't know why I dread family gatherings
I have been dreading a big family gathering that was to take place today for weeks. The noise! The kids running around! The confusion! The hassle!
I finally had to wrap the gifts for our extended family Christmas and go today. I almost came up with an excuse not to go. But I decided to go, give out the gifts and get out of there as fast as possible.
I have no issues with anyone who was going to be there. I love my family. I just didn't want to deal with the chaos that ensues from so many kids running around and so many people in general. I am such a scrooge.
We just got home and it was fine. Yes, the kids ran around and there were a LOT of them. But they didn't bother me. Of course people talked to me. That is what I was there for - to mingle. I enjoyed the conversations and even enjoyed the gift giving and receiving. It was a nice gathering with people I love and some others I know and like. There was nothing dreadful about it.
I don't know why I do that to myself. I talk myself out of going places and I dread going to places I have to go to only to find out I actually end up enjoying myself. I'm glad to be home in my yoga pants and hoodie with little dog on my lap but I am also glad I went to the party and enjoyed the company of others.
I need to stop dreading and start looking forward to gatherings like this. There are people out there who have no family or whose families are far away or fractured. We're all close by and all get along. I have no idea why I dread getting together.
Next gathering - January 10. And yet another on January 18. I am not going to say it but yeah, I kind of dread going. Haha. Some things never change!
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