I know this year was difficult for many oilfield wives and oilfield families. I’m hoping and praying things will pick back up and are better for everyone in 2016. I pray the employed will stay employed, and that jobs will become available for the unemployed.
But even as an oilfield wife, the oilfield is just one aspect of my life – just like you. It’s not the only thing that defines me. Life is full of friends and family and children and hobbies and distractions and obligations and jobs and school and other duties. All of us have lives that extend beyond the oilfield. Even if there had been no slowdown of any kind there would have still been pain and problems in past year. Health issues, lost loved ones, financial problems, etc. The oilfield can’t be completely to blame for a bad year… or take all the credit for a good year.
I do hope 2016 is a better year for the oilfield (and for oilfield families), but during this holiday season I’d rather try to focus on all the fabulous parts of 2015 because it’s all too easy to notice only the negatives. Even when it seems to have been an unusually tough year, there is surely something, somewhere, to be thankful for and be happy about.
So while I am home on Christmas with my kids (while my husband is away at work) I will be having a relaxing day, in our warm house. There’s a lot to be thankful right there – a husband that has a job, 2 healthy kids, and a comfortable home. I’ll be with my kids that I love more than anything. I’ll get the joy of watching them open presents while we simply enjoy the company of one another. And I’ll have peace that can only come from celebrating Jesus’ birth. Love, joy and peace. What more can you ask for? Those are the best things in life and they don’t come from the oilfield.
I hope you are also celebrating Christmas surrounded by loved ones. Let’s all be thankful for what we have, thankful we made it through a another year, and hopeful for the year ahead.