'Christmas' By Laolu
Meic knows that Christmas isn’t for everyone. They asked young people to explain how Christmas feels for them. This is Laolu’s story.
You can watch the video or read Laolu's words below.
“You know the anxiety you feel on Sunday nights? Those moments when you’re worrying about the week ahead, while beating yourself up for wasting an entire weekend? Multiply that by fifty-two. That’s how Christmas makes me feel.
Sometime during my teens, Christmas lost its meaning. It became less about the presents and the carols and the food, and more about this intense fear of getting old. It’s about how time is this never-ending spiral that won’t slow down for your inadequacies. (And the food. It’s always going to be about the food.) It has become a time to reflect on the year’s failures — well, successes, too, but let’s not forget that it’s clinically difficult for certain people to be ‘grateful’ and ‘optimistic’.
And don’t even get me started on the deadlines. This year I had to turn four essays in during the second week of January. No offence to them but, spending New Year’s Eve in the library with all the other nerds hopped up on caffeine is not exactly the most wonderful time of the year.
So, that queasy feeling I have when the Christmas lights go up in November? It’s because I need all the time I can get.”
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