I was in the middle of composing a post that was effectively an Easter rant. Until I read something by Zoey last night that prompted me to have a total change of heart about Easter (and Christmas). I was dwelling on her words and had an epiphany, I love those moments!
I realized I was turning my guilt into anger and directed it at others.
Good old Catholic guilt!
I grew up in as a practicing Catholic and was quite righteous about it as a teenager. Then in my early 20s I stopped going to Mass. Now when days like Christmas and Easter roll around I remember how important they were from the Church point of view and how special it was going to these Masses with my family.
Now I'm left somewhere in the middle of knowing the meaning of these days from a religious point of view, and yet not celebrating them in a religious way. And that left me feeling guilty. And feeling angry towards everyone who celebrated these religious festivals with over-the-top spending on presents and chocolate eggs without even believing in or thinking about the true meaning of the occasions.
Then Zoey's words snapped me out of it. Thank you, Zoey!!
These days have become cultural celebrations just as much as they are religious celebrations. Everyone should be allowed to celebrate however they wish. No strings, no pressure, no guilt.
I need to enjoy the day (especially with my small children) and not feel guilty, grumpy or self-righteous.
No rant necessary!
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE xx