Celebrating Life’s Milestones

Life has many different milestones.  Some are very personal, while others are seen as a rite of passage that almost everyone goes through.  No matter which type of milestone you’ve recently accomplished, it’s very important to celebrate them.  This gives us a sense of achievement and helps propel us on to reaching that next milestone.

Some milestones we achieve without really knowing it or remembering them.  These include things like our first steps and first word.  Thankfully, our parents almost always record these early milestones so we can look back on them later.

Learning to drive at sixteen is a large milestone for many people.  This rite of passage is one of the biggest signs that a teen is becoming an adult.  Registering to vote and then turning 21 are the other two major milestones that show a person is now ready to carry the responsibilities of an adult.

Graduation is another of life’s milestones.  Some schools have a number of different graduations: kindergarten, middle school, and high school.  Then there’s college graduation, and some people go into higher education programs and graduate again.  Graduations, especially high school and college, mark the ending of one chapter of our lives and the beginning of another.

The next milestone for many is to get married.  For some, women especially, their wedding is a huge event that they have been preparing for their entire life.  The dress, the cake, the decorations, the flowers…months are spent on ever little detail.  This achievement is shared with the entire family and many friends.  Of course, some people reach this milestone earlier in life than others, but that doesn’t really matter.  What matters is celebrating your commitment to someone you love.

Another major milestone for some people is having children.  The birth of a child, especially the first child, is a major life-changing event.  Your life will truly never be the same after having your first child.  While this milestone is celebrated at first with a baby shower, gifts, and flowers at the hospital, in a way you’ll celebrate it for the rest of your life.

Celebrating your anniversary, especially the first, tenth, twenty-fifth, and fiftieth, is a great milestone in your life.  Give your spouse a gift, go out to dinner, or spend the day doing something special for just the two of you.

There are many other personal milestones you might want to celebrate—getting a new job, getting a promotion, fulfilling one of your life-long goals—be sure to celebrate them in style.  Don’t let even the smallest milestone go by without at least acknowledging it in some way.

Celebrate your celebrations with flowers!

Anniversary Flowers
Birthday Flowers
New Baby Flowers
Wedding Flowers

Great Places to Celebrate Life in the DC Metro

The National Zoo is a great place to celebrate life

The National Zoo is a great place to celebrate life

If you live in or will be visiting the DC metro, there are many great places to celebrate and enjoy life.  Here are just a few great places to celebrate life.

The National Zoo, with its over 400 different animals, is teeming with life.  This huge attraction has 163 acres full of exotic animals.  The National Zoo was built within Rock Creek National Park, creating a gorgeous backdrop for the animals. 

If you’d rather just spend some time enjoying nature without the crowds and the animals, Great Falls Park is a gorgeous area in which to do so.  With more than 800 acres of stunning trees and plants, the park lies along the Potomac River.  Spreading a picnic blanket out beside the river and enjoying the day is a great way of celebrating and reflecting on life.

On the other side of the Potomac River is Old Town Alexandria.  This quaint historical town is full of classical architecture, cobblestone streets, shops, museums, and restaurants.  If your idea of celebrating life is quiet reflection surrounded by history, this is the place to go.

Glen Echo Park is where you can celebrate life via the arts.  There are often live concerts, festivals, art and dance demonstrations, and even workshops you can participate in.

Another great outdoor place to celebrate life is the C&O Canal.  You can rent a bike and take a fun ride along the canal, enjoying the lovely sights and relief from the busy, crowded city life.

Of course, you don’t have to do any of these things to celebrate life.  Spending a day with your loved ones or just spending a day doing your favorite hobby can be a great way of celebrating life.