I think its unfortunately safe to say, Christmas is going to look a little bit different this year.
Rather then dwell on the way things usually are, or were, or could have been – why not we embrace the gift that we have been presented with?
The gift of new opportunities, and new traditions.
Instead of making a list of all the things we want, how about making a list of all of the things we are grateful for. The things that these past 8-9 months have taught us to appreciate.
Never taking for granted the roof over our head, the people we live with, the food in our fridge and the warmth of our homes.
Appreciating the awkward way some of us have chosen to spend quarantine by learning new skills.
Crafting, cooking, baking.
Lets take those new found skills and put them to good use.
If we can’t be with others for the holidays, that doesn’t mean we can’t give a little bit of ourselves to those we love and miss.
We can get in our gas powered sleighs, get our hooves on the road, and drop off some homemade goodness to those we may otherwise be spending time with.
Baked goods, meals, ornaments and whatever else we’ve been up too can be dropped off as gifts, tokens of appreciation, and letting others know that they are in our thoughts.
For some, money has definitely become an issue or maybe even more so.
With the government stepping in with grants and financial support, for some it isn’t enough.
Families are tightening their already tight budgets, businesses are shuttering their doors – 2020 has been a very scary and sad year.
To spend Christmas in lockdown is not what any of us envisioned or hoped for.
From the entertainment and event industry, this is a season we typically spend working sun up to sun down embracing every moment and sparkle that the holidays have to offer.
We’ve gone from red carpet, fine dining, and living the high life – to banks, grocery stores, pandemic assistance. Now, we’ve fully emerged ourselves in health care, working on the front lines shoulder to shoulder with real life heros.
People – Doctors, and Nurses – fighting daily to save lives.
These early days of this new world we have found ourselves in, we have seen some things.
We have heard things.
We have learned things.
We find ourselves in an entirely different atmosphere than we’re used too and rather than dwell on what could have been, or should have been – we’ve embraced this.
We are on this path and we are rocking it.
Even though we may be the new kid on the block when it comes to this industry, we’re not tip toeing in unnoticed.
We’ve stormed the front lines and people are talking.
With the training we’ve spent so long and so much focus on, we’ve really been able to walk into this fully prepared.
The feedback we’ve gotten from our team, from our leads, from the people we work with and work for – and even the people we are there to help and keep safe has been encouraging.
We are motivated to keep on at the same pace we have set out on.
We are blazing a trail in an industry we thought we knew inside and out.
We are embracing everything that this 2020 year has thrown at us.
And while we won’t be celebrating like we are used too – we will continue to celebrate in our Pandemic sort of way.
By stepping up where help is needing most.
By taking the opportunity and the time to learn a new skill.
By taking that skill and sharing it with those we love and those that need us most this holiday season.
It may be a quieter Christmas for all of us at home; here on the front lines – we will still be embracing the joy and the love.
Guest Blogger Rayna Davies
Rayna Davies is a graduate and practitioner of Business Management. She has developed an expertise in blogging, covering subjects like travel, world events and security. Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details. These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities. She presently assists Sentinel Security in Executive Protection workshops and guest blogging and also assists Gloprosec Preventative Services in Intelligence gathering and Business Administration. Her passions include World travel, having visited every continent.