Richard and I recently celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. For months ahead of time, we began to imagine how we would commemorate this day. We initially considered seeing the Northern Lights in the Yukon Territories. At -17C (1.4F), what were we thinking?
As winter began to decend upon us, we decided on an all-inclusive beach holiday to the Mayan Riviera. We’d been to other parts of Mexico before and loved each of them. But something was different about this trip. Could it have been the significance of the celebration?
The practical gal in me reminds that every single moment is important. So why is one day deemed to be more special than others? This led me to think about the significance of milestones and the myriad of pieces that they embody.
Milestones encourage us to reflect, affirm and give thanks. They help us to create memories, relish joy and celebrate those whom we love. They build a springboard to our future. They also give us permission to be genuine, play, and not take ourselves too seriously.
Planning for milestones builds anticipation and excitement. Reflecting on them allows us to contemplate where we’ve been, how we got here, and what (and who) is most important to us.
Milestones affirm our efforts, our growth, our accomplishments and our relationships. They remind us that each step that took us here profoundly matters.
As an aside, milestones often include food. But that warrants an entirely separate post.
We are all so busy looking up at the multitude of things that we need to do. The challenges can be daunting and exhausting. Celebration allows us time to pause and look down the mountain at all the hopes and dreams we have already accomplished. On one side of the coin, milestones mark the end of a chapter. On the other side, they mark the beginning of the future, and they do so with hope and optimism.
As I nestled one of our recent vacation pictures amongst our family photos, I caught Richard with a playful grin. “I can’t wait to celebrate our 25th anniversary,” he said with a gleam in his eye. I think that I’ll warn the kids now that I’d like a celebration…and I’d like it to be big!
Immense gratitude and hope for the future. What incredible riches they are.
Big or small, what milestone will you next be celebrating?