Celebrate Life’s Precious Moments
It’s that time of year again! Time to celebrate the benchmarks of life; you probably have a calendar filled with invitations to weddings, communions, graduations, bar mitzvahs, and birthdays. One year we had 3 – (always a magic number), 3 graduations in the same weekend in two different parts of the country, both requiring travel. And during our struggle to determine how we would financially and physically be able to attend each one I began to consider the significance of each of these events. It is an opportunity to honor and celebrate accomplishment, a time to acknowledge a coming of age. Graduations are only one of many of the mile markers in our lives. Graduations also symbolize endings and beginnings.
The first is grammar school. You remember the days when you were on the top of the world. You were an “eighth grader”. Life was all about being cool and having fun. After all you ruled the school, you were an eighth grader. It was a great year. Your biggest responsibility as you prepared to launch into your teen years was to take the constitution test and get accepted into the same high school as your best friend. Soon however you would be thrust back to the bottom rung of the social ladder. In just 3 short months you would again be starting over – as a freshman.
The next graduation on our list is high school. Life was all about being cool and having fun. Are you beginning to see a pattern here? The stakes have gotten a little higher, the choices a bit more liberating. Now the responsibilities carried more weight. Decisions about college vs. working vs. marriage, vs. all 3 (there’s that number again). Where your best friend is going matters, but not as much, suddenly every decision seems to start or end with the words, “for the rest of your life”.
Finally it’s college. Where life once again has been about being cool and having fun, these after all are the final days. Soon you will be an adult, working in the adult world, with “grown-up” responsibilities. Your best friend might not even live in the same state as you do anymore. It’s time to think about “career moves”, financial status and settling down with someone to share “the rest of your life”. Soon you will begin again, on the bottom rung of your first corporate job. For what you hope is the last time –you will be the new kid on the block, because now you are ready to “get on with your life”.
Funny how beginnings and endings continue throughout our lives, even when we think they have ended. Remember being the “the up and comer”, “the one to watch”, “the rising star”. Then there was the newly-wed, the first time parent, and the new homeowner. Suddenly and before we know it, we become the grandparents, the empty nesters, the retired community.
Yes, life is full of beginnings and endings. It is important that with each one we stop and celebrate. The celebrations are what we will remember. Be sure you find a way to celebrate life’s most precious moments. Celebrate this weekend. Mark the moment.
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And until next time I remain…