Ugh, the Race to the Holidays Begins Today. How to Resist.

Julio Vincent Gambuto
3 min readSep 5, 2023

Starting Monday, September 11, Julio Vincent Gambuto will present “Modern Muting” — a weekly Medium story series dedicated to helping readers step back from all the bullshit of modern life, create quiet, re-evaluate, then go forward boldly. It’s 500 words a week of “self-help meets the system.” New stories drop each Monday.

And we’re off! It’s the day after Labor Day — the day we roll up the sand and sun and put them in storage for the fall and winter. School is back or almost back, depending on where you are in the country or in the world. And everyone and anyone who works at a laptop suddenly realized at 9pm last night that they have a lot left to do to meet this year’s goals. The race from now to the holidays has begun. Word to the wise: take a few minutes today or this week to let that shit go.

How? First, remember that today is just Tuesday. Not everything you want to do or are planning to do between now and New Year’s needs to get done today. There are still 117 days left in 2023. That’s 1/3 of the year. So, take a deep breath. The good news is that even when those 117 days run out, there are 365 more waiting on the other side. What doesn’t get done this year, you can choose to put on your radar for next.

Or you can choose to simply not do. Take some great advice from Oliver Burkeman and…

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Julio Vincent Gambuto

Author + Moviemaker // Happiness in a fucked-up modern world // New book from Avid Reader Press (Simon & Schuster) // Audie Finalist // SXSW // juliovincent.com