A milestone in life is considered a significant event in your life, often marking a new chapter in life. It designates the distance we have come. It's often used as a time to reflect, a time to plan, to check the bucket list and a time to celebrate.
So, what does this milestone mean to me? As I reflect back and look forward it's telling me that I need to give more to life. I need to play a little harder and I need to work a little harder. Not that I'm worried that my time is limited, just that I really want to enjoy and experience life. I want to enjoy the restful times even a little bit more and I have things I want to accomplish and experience and I need to get busy doing them. It's not a time for me to sit back and pretend that I'm on the downhill side of life.
There was a time in the past when I thought this milestone meant I was on the other side, the side where I would kick back more, the side where I would slow down and take it easy. Although I plan to enjoy some restful moments, what I've come to realize is that slowing down too much really isn't all that much fun. Now I desire to keep my passion for life, my zest for having fun, for celebrating, for being engaged and connected and doing things that are fulfilling.
Age is just a silly number anyway. Why do we even keep track of it? I feel like sometimes it just serves to box us in and cause us to change our expectation based on our own or someone else's age. When you think of a particular age it summons up images of what that age looks like and feels like and then guess what? We tend to become that which is our expectation. I'd rather ignore my age and focus on feeling and acting youthful. So, part of my plan is to ignore my age, because I'm working on being more youthful and wise, not older :)
We aren't guaranteed that we will be here another day, let alone another 20 or 50 years, so why be on the downhill side taking it easy when we can be roller coasting it up and down the hills of life?
Milestones are great, but we really don't need them in order to reflect back, to look forward, or to celebrate. As we are entering the last 4 months of this calendar year, how are you doing on your goals for this year, your intentions that you set out for yourself in 2016? How are you doing in your life? What changes do you want to make? Go ahead and use my milestone to reestablish your commitment to your life!
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