Every December for as long as I can remember, I’ve asked Santa (yes, I still believe) for one thing: love. This year, I’m switching it up and wishing for something a bit more substantial. Not that a boyfriend for Christmas would be a horrible gift to find under my tree, but peace on earth seems like a gift that would keep on giving. I can forfeit my adolescent wish of Mr. Dreamy for one year. And since I have a track record for never receiving that present in all the years I’ve asked, I figured maybe I should try requesting something else for once.
Last week I watched a youth choir sing Let There Be Peace On Earth during the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, and it hit me…hard. These were precious, innocent kids singing about bringing peace to a world that seems be on a downward spiral. What will life be like when they’re 32? 62? 82?
Will they see more lives destroyed by hate? Will they battle evil and overcome? Will they be at the mercy of technology and grow up too quickly? Will they find a way to prevail over chatter and become their own persons? Will they stand up and make a change? Will they see peace on earth?
While I fully support a Utopian society where everyone coexists despite our religions, ethnicities, or political views, I cannot foresee hatred evaporating from every single person across the globe to make peace a possibility. That doesn’t mean I’m not hopeful to be proven wrong. (Please, world, prove me wrong!) I hope someday, somehow, the human race can transition towards choosing kindness over hate, courage over fear, and allies over enemies. If we start today, we can make each second of the future a little brighter.
So, Santa, all I want this year is for the world to heal.
Doesn’t that sound like a fantastic lyric? I thought so too, which is why I wrote an entire song around it. I had the idea while I was driving down to a volunteer shift with Toys for Tots on Sunday. My mind wandered back to the youth choir and I thought how great it would be if the world could heal. By the time I reached the warehouse, I had the chorus and a melody. At the end of the day, I had lyrics to a complete song and (somewhat) of an idea how I wanted it to sound. I’m not a pro, I don’t know a thing about music or playing instruments, but I have a knack for words.
I give you: Santa, All I Want This Year.
Take a stab at it finishing it up if you’d like.
This holiday season, my wish for all of you is that you choose kindness and be courageous. You must be the change you want to see in the world (Ghandi).
Merry Christmas. I hope you find the peace you deserve.