The most beautiful gifts – Acadie Nouvelle

Christmas is approaching and with it the end of a busy year. I know that 2023 has been challenging for many of you, and that has been true for me too.

I turned 30 this year. I believe that the last 365 days have been the ones that have made me grow the most as a person, mother, wife, co-worker and friend. I have been through difficult times on a personal level, like everyone else, which has made me see life from a different perspective.

When I was young, I believed that luxury and money necessarily expressed a person’s success or happiness. I dreamed of driving a big car, owning a huge house and vacationing in sunny Hawaii.

The reality is that at 30 years old, I’m still a long way from that. I drive a small, fuel-efficient Kia with gas, live in a beautiful house that isn’t a castle, and spend my summers on the beaches of Miscou and Cap-Pelé.

But when I stop and think about my life, I smile. The older I get, the more I realize how lucky I am.

I may not have an Audi, but my Kia still allows me to travel freely while being economical and at an affordable price. I’m not at all ashamed to make a functional choice.

My house may not be worth a million, but it is close to the sea, which whispers its songs to me every night before I go to sleep. It is filled with love, children’s laughter, cat hair and the smell of carefully prepared food.

In the end, it was exactly the home I had always dreamed of.

I always imagined traveling several times a year, but today my favorite trips are the ones I take every day with my son and my family. These trips to the park, to the swimming pool, to the arena are full of joy and precious moments.

And what can I say about how lucky I am to be healthy? This gift of life, so fragile that it can slip away from us overnight and that we often take for granted.

The truth is that as we grow older, we learn to prioritize the true richness of everyday life. Because as we grow older, we see life in its true light: we have suffered enough, hurt enough, and faced enough difficulties to have a sharp perspective on the world.

We may not have everything we want in life, but there is always something good somewhere if we take the time to open our eyes wide.

Some may not have as many presents under the tree as they wanted, but at least they have a warm home in which to celebrate the holidays.

In some households the turkey may be smaller, but there will be lots of potatoes and people who love each other at the table to enjoy this good meal together.

And even if we don’t have a white Christmas with its snowmen and makeshift ice rinks, we are lucky to live in a country where we are free to determine our destiny. Or you can get free healthcare, have access to quality education and be safe.

Aren’t these the best Christmas presents there are?