Day 13: Not everyone loves Christmas. Not everyone has someone in their lives to make merry with, and when the whole world is fixated on togetherness it can create a void for those without. Sometimes we have lost someone close to us and are healing and learning to live without. Sometimes we’ve never had that someone and the holidays can feel like an emotional assault. Sometimes, we are alone because we haven’t yet been brave enough to reach out.

The good thing is that the world is a very big place, brimming over with people. Somewhere, there is a you-shaped niche that is just perfect for you, and only you can fill it. It might take a lot of looking, but when you find it life will become amazing, and every second of your search will become meaningful. You just have to keep looking.

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By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at

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