Life is short. We have a limited amount of time on this planet and we spend too much of it stressed out, worrying, planning ahead, and finding the negative in our daily lives. So I’m encouraging you all to celebrate! Celebrate… what?
Celebrate unique events and circumstances that you would not normally commemorate. When Eric and I first got married, we celebrated the 11th of each month because we started dating on June 11th and were married on June 11th. We honored the 11th day of each month by eating Thai food. But that is just one example of something to celebrate.
Rejoice in the small accomplishments. Just finished a killer term paper? Celebrate with games and cheap pizzas. Is it the first warm day of the year? Celebrate it with dinner outside and your favorite outdoor activity. Do you think you’re too busy to celebrate? Buy yourself one piece of your favorite chocolate or one portion of your favorite drink and take five minutes to savor it. Celebrations don’t have to be day-long events and they don’t have to be reserved for significant socially acceptable events like birthdays and graduations.
While we’re on the subject, let’s discuss holidays. Holidays that you create are often the best kind. During your dating years, create a holiday with your future spouse. It can be a day that’s special to both of you (that you are not already celebrating) or you can pull out a one page calendar, close your eyes, and point to a day. Each year, celebrate that day. Play it up however you’d like. If you want to invite friends over and make it the party of the year, do it! If you’d rather it be a special day between the two of you, feel free to keep it quiet. It can be whatever you make it!
Sometimes dating can feel like one long celebration; whereas, once you are married, life happens – bills come, kids come, responsibility triples, and it can seem like the pressures of life take the wind out of your sails. If you and your spouse are not careful, you can wake up one day and have a hard time finding anything to celebrate; but, if you keep fun and festivities planned often, you will always have something to look forward to with each other. Proactively plan to celebrate life! Celebrate!
Do you treat life with exuberance or do you find yourself focusing on the negative or mundane trappings of your life?