Due to poor planning and living on one of the world’s southernmost continents, we thought we were going to release our range of holiday cards yesterday. But we got trumped. Well I definitely felt that I got trumped.
What I had ready to go was an incredibly heartfelt and wondrously funny post about how Trudy and I are massive groupies for all things Christmas and how our festive period basically looks like a holiday rom-com. Minus Hugh Grant. (We are two single ladies who spend Christmas with our parents after all.)
By not double-checking the world’s calendar though, I instead found myself lost in a state of horror and anxiety. By not paying huge amounts of attention to international politics, I instead got caught in confusion and disconnection. Perhaps by living in a self-protective bubble of hope, I thought that a man that appeared to stand for hate and fear didn’t stand a chance.
For a moment my daily life suddenly appeared a bit pointless. And the very existence of our Hope Street holiday cards began to seem insignificant and so very un-impactful when stacked up against such astonishing hate and fear.
So I had a day of dwelling and moping around and feeling small and insignificant and thinking that the stuff of the world is just a bit too tragic.
And by the sounds of it, I wasn’t the only one devastated. But if I let this devastation continue I’m pretty sure one of two things are likely to happen. Either it’ll become too difficult to pull myself out of the hole. Or I’ll lose all hope.
“The worst thing that can happen in a democracy – as well as in an individual’s life – is to become cynical about the future and lose hope” – Hillary Clinton, 2007
“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” President Barack Obama.
So today I’m moving on and presenting you with our new range of Christmas cards. They’re not going to do anything in the way of changing the outcome of a presidential election that occurred across the globe. I’ve come to terms with that.
But maybe they will do their little bit in standing up against hate and fear.
As always, our aim was to put some humanness into these cards. To acknowledge that things are not always wonderful and shiny and peaceful and joyful for everyone during the festive period. But if we continue to show kindness and respect and compassion for each other when things might be really shit, then there still might be a little bit of hope.
And I think that’s maybe one way in which we can fight back against the hate and the fear and the shit things we might be feeling now too. With kindness and respect and compassion. With our humanness and our hope.
You can check out all the cards here.