On the eve of my youngest nephew, Marrecs, first birthday party, it hit me that this was the perfect time to write about the importance of celebration. Life in general is something worth celebrating. We are blessed with coming of each new day; that we are lucky enough to experience the new beginning and simply be apart of it.
Life is far too short, we spend so many hours, days, weeks, months and years letting our worries and the weight on the world bog us down. It’s so important to push those fears and stress to the side and see the good in the life, the beauty of it, and just celebrate it, heck, celebrate all of it! Take each of those wonderful opportunities, celebrate all the birthdays, weddings, graduations, anniversaries, the silly holidays and the serious, but please don’t stop there. Celebrations are meant to show you how lucky you are, how fufilled you can be, it reminds you of what you have to be thankful for, what people, places and things enrich your life and make you better. Celebrate the milestones big and small; young children’s first smiles, giggles, steps and words, the first piece of artwork scribbled down just for you, the first high five, the first time you manage to get all three kids to nap at the same time. It doesn’t have to be traditional or momentous (although three kids napping simultaneously is definitely a momentous feat) to have a positive impact on your life. Celebrate your own successes, a new job, a new found passion or hobby, completing a great book that took months to find the time to read. Celebrate friendship with dinners out with the girls, weekend visits just because, romantic overnights away, precious moments of quiet to just be with yourself, have a soothing bath or moment of meditation.
I’ve noticed the simple act of celebration for moments big and small, only bring positive rewards. These moments bring friends and family together, making the bonds deeper and stronger. They enable you to recognize the beauty in your life and force you to step back and appreciate the little things. They encourage good conversation, happiness and laughter among loved ones. They provide opportunities to document your life in photos, on video or in story for future reminders. This idea is one of my favourites, as it allows you to recognize, grow and appreciate your life in the present moment, but also relive and remind yourself of how lucky you are whenever you need a boost of positivity in your life further down the line.
The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or upset, try to step outside your head and put your worries aside for atleast a few minutes. Focus on the things in your life worth celebrating; the warmth of the sun, the beauty of the leaves rustling in the breeze, the crashing of the waves, the taste of the fresh air or your favourite food. Recognize how lucky you are to spend another day with your children, your spouse, parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, and look forward to all the birthdays, hallowe’ens, Christmases, other holidays and special occasions you get to celebrate with them by your side. Think about how lucky you are to continually learn and grow through conversation, education and life experience. Celebrate your ability to learn, achieve, experience, witness and explore…just celebrate your life. When you begin to focus on the celebration everything just gets better, brighter and you can’t help but feel fufilled.
I hope you are able to see the beauty in your own life. I hope you celebrate the milestones big and small, and through each experience you grow stronger, happier and more fufilled. I wish you all the happiness in the world and look forward to sharing my celebrations with you along the way.