Life has many milestones. Some are personal, while others we share with our families and friends. No matter which type of milestone you’ve accomplished, it’s very important to celebrate them.
Some milestones we achieve at a very young age. These include things like our first steps and first word. Thankfully, our parents almost always record these early milestones so we can look back on them later.
Learning to drive at sixteen is a large milestone for many people. This rite of passage is one of the biggest signs of becoming an adult. Registering to vote and then turning 21 are the other two major milestones that show a person is now ready to carry the responsibilities associated with adulthood.
Graduation is another of life’s milestones. Some schools have a number of different graduations: kindergarten, middle school, and high school. Then there’s college graduation, and some people go into higher education programs and graduate again. Graduations, especially high school and college, mark the ending of one chapter of our lives and the beginning of another.
The next milestone for many is to get married. For some, women especially, their wedding is a huge event that they have been preparing for their entire life. The dress, the cake, the decorations, the flowers…months are spent on ever little detail. This achievement is shared with the entire family and many friends. Of course, some people reach this milestone earlier in life than others, but that doesn’t really matter. What matters is celebrating your commitment to someone you love. Some people even choose not to get married but still celebrate the achievement of finding a lifelong companion in various ways.
Another major milestone for some people is having children. The birth of a child, especially the first child, is a major life-changing event. Your life will truly never be the same after having your first child. While this milestone is celebrated at first with a baby shower, gifts, and flowers at the hospital, in a way you’ll celebrate it for the rest of your life.
Celebrating your anniversary, especially the first, tenth, twenty-fifth, and fiftieth, is a great milestone in your life. Give your spouse a gift, go out to dinner, or spend the day doing something special for just the two of you.
There are many other personal milestones you might want to celebrate—getting a new job, getting a promotion, fulfilling one of your life-long goals—be sure to celebrate them in style. Don’t let even the smallest milestone go by without at least acknowledging it in some way.