Black Friday hit different for me this year.

I will let you in on a secret: I usually love Black Friday. But this year is different. That magical, buzzy feeling that used to come with finding deals is nowhere to be found.

The importance of getting away.

One of the best gifts my mother gave me was going on a getaway. I was a junior or senior in high school when she cut off her nearly waist-length locs, fluffed her fro, and packed her bags. She waved goodbye to me and my father and took off in a plane to South Africa. It was the first time I had seen her go on a trip by herself that wasn’t to visit family or travel for work. I decided to take note.