It’s the Holiday Season…

Covid-19 State of Mind. ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Surviving “This Time of Year”

Truth be told, I dread the holiday season. I’m never in the holiday spirit and, quite frankly, find this “time of year” quite…depressing. But, alas, the holiday season is here, want it or not, and all I want for Christmas this year is to survive it (the entire season), and get through it somehow.

Print mats in black and white. ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Print mats in black and white. ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Those who’re interested in gift ideas for/from photographers, check out these #tbt blog posts:

Holiday Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Gift Ideas for Photographers

Gift Ideas from Photographers

Gift Ideas from/for Photographers

Mask in black and white. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Mask in black and white. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

For those of us struggling to survive yet another holiday season, here are a few ideas:

  • Do something completely different; break the “rhythm” of your day
  • Give your mind some much-needed rest; meditate (not that I do much of that, myself, but it’s a work in progress); try not to think of anything in particular for once; no plans, no to-do lists, no self-doubt, blame or guilt trips of any kind…wouldn’t it be nice?
  • Read a book, go for a walk, go to a concert or a play

And when you feel ready:

  • Try your hand at something new: learn a new language, or how to play an instrument, or an artsy activity such as drawing or painting, poetry, photography (if you’re not already a photographer), and so on
  • Brainstorm, jot down ideas and thoughts in no particular order (if so you desire)…and thus sketch out the beginning of a new project; who knows?
  • Photograph something new, experiment with new ideas

Grabbing. Hand Self-Portraits in black and white. ©Alina Oswald.
Grab. Hand Self-Portraits in black and white. ©Alina Oswald.

Remember, there are no rules! You…we are just trying to cope and survive yet another holiday season, while secretly daring to hope that the upcoming (new) year will be a better, kinder, and gentler year.

Fingers crossed!

Alina Oswald

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