Turbulent Thanksgiving Tests

Aasmund Ryningen
4 min readOct 26, 2020


Picture the following;

You’re meeting up with some distant family members for a reunion. It’s either just a family gathering or perhaps someone’s birthday. Whatever it is, you know for a fact that you’re going to dread it.

The slow conversations. Noticing how people haven’t moved on in life. How they haven’t improved themselves. How much they’re complaining about stuff they can’t do anything about. Like who gets elected president. Or any kind of other political issue that’s beyond their power. Irrespective whether their lives get affected by it or not, there’s nothing that they can say or do, that’s going to change anything.

But even so, they have such strong opinions on who does what and so on.

Like they actually think that some of these politicians notice or even care.

More, you wish you could escape the company, but you feel like you have to be there.

A family commitment.

One that you cannot just ‘get away from’. Look, I’ve been there myself. A parent’s birthday. Maybe a sibling’s wedding. Or some kind of obligation that unless you’ve been in a fatal accident and have gotten killed, you have to show up.

What’s worse is, I’ve heard people say, it’s only getting worse and worse as the years go by.

People who live far away from each other all of a sudden have to move in together and live like they used to when they were kids.

Of course, discussions, disputes and conflicts are going to arise. Maybe there are children involved. Of a different age. Or different needs. And, parents with different ways and ideas of rising and dealing with kids who get difficult.

Safe to say, not everybody is looking forward to Thanksgiving every year.

Imagine if you were sitting there at a family dinner, trapped in between hostile conversations and all you wanted to do was to get away from all the noise. But, you’re trapped. You’re scheduled to stay with your parents for another three days, your cousin and siblings are there, they’re not exactly best friends and there’s literally nothing else to do but hang around in the house.

It’s like a test in misery.

How long can you endure it before you feel like you want to kill someone.

However, it doesn’t stop there.

You suffer from fibromyalgia. Your neck and back are so sore and it hurts so much even sitting still in a chair. Plus, whenever you’re spending time with the rest of your family in the living room, the temperature gets so hot, you start sweating. Which is the absolute enemy of your well being, because now the pain increases. You’re literally soaked in sweat as you’re tweaking and twisting in your chair, dealing with all the stinging and burning sensations in your back and neck.

Plus, the constant nagging from your sister and her husband who argue, gossip and make passive-aggressive and rude remarks literally makes you insane.

The bad news?

I don’t have any solution for how to deal with your annoying relatives. I guess I would have stopped seeing them altogether. But that’s just me.

The good news?

There may be a way to deal with the back and neck pain, that doesn’t require you to go to a doctor and get a prescription.

Nor does it come without any side effects. That is, you don’t consider bad taste a side effect.

Jokes aside, if you’re willing to put in the work and be consistent, patient and perspicacious over time, as well as cleaning up your diet, there may be a way you could greatly reduce or even stop the pain completely.

There is of course no guarantee that this works, since people’s bodies are different. Saying otherwise would be lying and being immoral. So, I’m not going to lie. Because the human body is such a complex organism, there may be a very real chance that this remedy doesn’t work at all. Sad but true. That being said, those are the outliers. The abnormal cases that happens to perhaps 1 in 10,000 people.

But then again, this could be you.

So just so you know.

However, if the warnings above don’t scare you away, you’re sick and tired of trying all kinds of different medicines and pills, and you’re most certainly tired of optimistic experts who make outlandish claims, as well as being willing to put in the work and give it time, then you may stand a chance of dealing with your pain problems.

The wonder of which I’m preaching is called CBD oil.

And it so happens that you can get it pretty much anywhere on the Internet.

If that wasn’t the answer you were hoping for, then I refer you to the witch doctors on social media who say they can cure all kinds of diseases with their weeds.

Else, start looking for ways to order CBD oil now.

After all, you only have one health.