Sunday, May 8, 2011

Celebrating by Making a Choice

It's not all that long until the National Day of Norway is upon us. I believe this one is going to be a bit different than it usually is for me. Whenever one of these big holidays or holiday seasons rear their heads, I seem to be getting a certain thought smacked straight in my face from more than one angle. A thought that perplexes me quite a lot.

For the time being, I live alone. I currently don't have anyone around me here who'd drag me around to attend to the festivities (except perhaps out of pity, but that is irrelevant). However, is that automatically a reason to feel sorry for me? "Aww, poor guy, he's all alone while we're out here celebrating together."

I do actually get served fairly similar thoughts.

Is there something wrong with celebrating by having a calm day at home? I live in a country where I supposedly have the opportunity to freely choose to stay at home and plant my feet up on my table should I so want. Maybe putting on some music I really like whilst pouring myself a glass of something to drink, adding a tiny bit of Vodka in it, and just lean back in my chair, close my eyes and... enjoy it. Does that mean I must be miserable and that I must be having a bad time? Is that really a reason to feel sorry for me? Is it a bad thing that I'm not bouncing back and forth on my way from one festivity to the other like a pinball-machine?

I really don't get it. I don't get why people are feeling sorry for me as if I'm having a bad time. It is just assumed that I'm having a horrible time just because I don't choose to do what "most people" would do. Come to think of it, I don't think I have ever been asked if I might perhaps like "celebrating" in this way too every now and then.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I loathe celebrating things the classic way. It's just that should I want to choose otherwise, it seems as if people think my whole world has just... imploded.

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