We often feel obliged to celebrate big life events – whether it’s birthdays, holidays, weddings, graduations or that big promotion you’ve been working towards. And with good reason. It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears to achieve all those milestones. I’m not writing this to tell you that those achievements and events are not that important, but rather to remind you that the small everyday moments are worth celebrating as well.
There’s a quote that 16-year old me probably used as an Instagram caption with a completely unrelated photo. And now, 8 years later, I can relate to it on a whole other level:
“Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you’ll realise they were the big things.” – Kurt Vonnegut
2019 was beyond crazy. When I look back at the memories I made this year, I realise they were all part of social events that I planned way in advance. There were so many things that consumed every day of my year, that I never took the time to appreciate the unplanned moments. This is scary, because in the same thought I realised that the older I get, the faster time seems to go.
In 2020 I want to relearn the habit that I somehow lost in 2019. Celebrating a good day (even though nothing extraordinary happened) with a glass of champagne with my housemates. Moving short term thoughts into my long term memories.
Just like a vacation, everyday should be its own little adventure. I can bore you with clichés of how and why you should celebrate the small things like keeping journals and living in the present and blah blah blah. But I won’t, because let’s face it, no one does those things.
Here is how I’m going to celebrate small moments in 2020 to make sure my life is one hell of a journey in the end:
- Celebrate friends by taking a shitload of photos every time I see them (and not deleting the less-flattering ones).
- Celebrating adulthood by keeping my plants alive and cooking wholesome meals.Celebrate the beauty of Golden Hour by taking a sunset stroll at least three times a week.
- Celebrate my love for music by singing as loud as I can (when I’m alone in the car – baby steps).
- Celebrating dogs by stopping to pet every single one I meet along the way.
- Celebrate the unplanned hangovers at work with my colleagues by treating myself to that bagel!
- Celebrating my impulsive nature by getting into my car and driving without a plan.
- Celebrate that I can do two more push-ups than yesterday.
- Celebrating peace and quiet with a guilt-free afternoon nap.
- Celebrate the fact that I just finished this article.
If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to celebrate brunch-time with a mimosa now.