The days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can be such a magical time for many of us. The scent of delicious meals and desserts fill our homes. Candles and twinkle lights make the walls appear as though they’re dancing. Laughter and good cheer fills the air.
It’s all wonderful, but it can also be overwhelming to many of us. The need to be socially “on” for hours at a time, as well as all the noise and sometimes confusion can be draining for introverts. As much as we love being around the people we love, we also know it’s important to leave some time to recharge. This is why I like to make sure I give special gifts to the introverts in my life, gifts that will help provide them with a little time and space to themselves.
Every morning I quietly slip downstairs, sometimes with my 4-year-old niece in tow, and open up the large cabinets as my eyes fall directly to the middle shelf. I have seen them all before, but today is a new day with new emotions, and I desire to feel the stir of something new. I yawn as I study the cups before me, all the while assessing my current mood for the morning.
Each year my husband and I prioritize taking a vacation. Some years are more elaborate than others, but we both know it’s important to take time away from our busy work lives. The first vacation we went on, I surprised him by taking out a lengthy to-do list of all that I wanted to do on our long weekend away. He had no list; his only goal was to relax. If we followed my plan, we’d be sprinting from place to place, barely taking in wherever we were visiting before fleeing to the next spot. If we followed his, we’d spend our entire time napping in our hotel room or wandering aimlessly until we arrived to a place where we wanted to spend more time.