Christmas in Vancouver

I am so excited!!! This year has been a challenge to say the least.  Not because of the classes I am teaching, not because of the issues being faced in the Middle East, and not because of life in general in Beirut. This has been a difficult year, because I have realized more and more what is important to me as an educator, and that the school at which I teach does not foster, nor does it seem to support those things which I value most: autonomy, creativity, exploration, and inquiry. So, the excitement to go back to Vancouver and visit is very real.

When times are difficult, the place I want to be most, is with family and great friends: enjoying old traditions and creating new ones.  This year, there may not be a massive family gathering like in the past, but I do get to see both my parents, friends and multiple other family members. I am looking forward to White Spot and Bowling with old friends who haven’t managed to be  in the same province or country for at least the past 5 years. I am looking forward to dinner with old roommates. I am looking forward to seeing Peter and Starcatcher with old friends and new friends. I am looking forward to Christmas morning coffee and mandarin oranges. I am looking forward to Christmas dinner surrounded by people who care for one another.  I am looking forward to the rain or maybe even snow. I am looking forward to enjoying the Christmas Lights on St. Paul’s Hospital, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vandusen Gardens and maybe the Stanley Park Christmas Train.  I am looking forward to fostering new friendships and developing relationships. I am looking forward to so much, because with each moment, there is a chance to be thankful.  I am so thankful for all that I have been blessed with. Is life perfect? No… but it’s full of perfect moments, and I look forward to more perfect moments.

Many people ask what my Christmas wish is, and to them I would say I really only have one: to enjoy many more perfect moments and hopefully, to share those perfect moments with a special other.

~ by Ryan on December 20, 2015.

2 Responses to “Christmas in Vancouver”

  1. Great post Ryan!

  2. Beautifully written. Striving for perfect moments and making memories. I love being your friend. Merry Christmas!!

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