I was recently at my athletic club and was waiting in the lobby for the elevator to get to the gym when one of the bartenders that works there walked by me. I hadn’t seen him in months cause I stopped going to the bar awhile back, and he asked me how I was doing. I said I was doing fine, and right before he was about to exit the building he turned and asked me how my Holiday’s were going to which I replied, “I just take it one day at a time.” When I got into the elevator I thought to myself, I wonder if he thinks I’m on the wagon or something cause that’s something people say who are not drinking or in AA or something, and I had not been to the bar in so long maybe he thought it meant I stopped drinking.
It bothered me for a second cause I’m not on the wagon, and didn’t want him to think I had a drinking problem. I still go out and enjoy wine I just hadn’t been to the bar at my club for quite some time. When I got to the gym and stepped on the elliptical machine, I started to think about why that was my response when there are a lot of things I could have said as a reply. I’m taking it one day at a time? It seemed like a weird response when most people would be like, “My Holidays are great!” However, my Holidays are not always great and my response was honest. They’re not bad, but a hard time of year for me. You have back to back Holidays – Thanksgiving, then Christmas, then New Years – and it can be daunting and overwhelming so the best why for me to manage the stress of it all is to take it one day at a time.
We’re almost mid way through the Holiday Season, and Christmas is just around the corner. As it approaches I do my best to reiterate to myself that I don’t need to become anxious, and I must simply think of the next upcoming weeks as days. If I take it one day at a time it won’t cause me to torpedo into a dark place. Maybe Christmas won’t be so bad this year. Maybe New Years will just be another day. I don’t know for the future is uncertain, but for now I can take this day, and tomorrow that day, and so on and so forth.