In 2005-2010, I lost both grandmothers, my father, and an aunt. These were goodbyes that were imposed upon our family and onto me, ones that did not offer choice because of the permanence of mortality.
Last year, I said goodbye to a number of individuals including a romantic partner, coworkers, and close friends. Last year's goodbyes weren't only literal ones; some were simply boundaries I set internally to protect myself, and the choice to say goodbye, while initially terrifying, was empowering.
As we move into this holiday season, and especially on this day before Thanksgiving, the notion of boundaries is present in my mind. And I know it's on your mind too, because I've talked to some of you about it. There is power in learning to say "no," and in not acquiescing to others' whims, impositions, or manipulations. There is potential healing in enacting that "no" in ways that will help you grow. This is a huge lesson that I am only now learning to implement in my daily life, both personally and professionally.
The Crop Over Festival in #Barbados which ends with the spectacular Carnival/Kadooment #Parade, is the season used to celebrate the ending of the local Sugar Cane #harvest, and is distinctly unique from the #Carnival festivities in other #Caribbean countries.