I never used to be one for celebrations or making a big deal out of birthdays, occasions or achievements. This year has started to change that. 2020 has been a strange and bad year in many respects but that has made it all the more important to mark the highlights.
Earlier today, we had a glass of prosecco over video call with my parents. It was relaxed and very casual, but it served to recognise my mum’s achievement at gaining her PhD upgrade. It also simultaneously marked the first time my fiancée has been able to wear her engagement ring without fear of it falling off! (The ring originally belonged to my great-grandmother and has been re-made to fit my fiancée’s - much smaller - finger!)
This year also saw me enter a new decade of my life, as I turned 30. Again, not being one for birthdays, I would normally just have let this moment slide. But thanks to the amazing love and generosity of my fiancée, family and friends, it was a really special day and felt like a real moment.
So, as this year draws to a close, take the time to mark those milestones. It helps us recognise achievement, celebrate success, gain perspective and, more than anything, is an opportunity to show our love and gratitude for those most important to us.