The Next Milestone

As I was preparing this post I noticed that it is the 800th one I’ve published. Maybe it’s just me but there’s something about seeing zeros that just makes me want to take a minute to remember and reflect. I want to make sure I’m still on the right path, that writing is still something I want to do every day.

Because it’s easy to get lost. It’s easy to do something just because you’ve been doing it for a long time. It’s easy to stop giving it all of your effort. It’s easy to take it for granted.

And, somehow, that’s worse than stopping. Notice I didn’t say quitting. Choosing to stop doing something – making a conscious decision – because it’s not taking you in the direction you want to go is a very brave thing to do. Quitting, on the other hand, usually happens when something becomes harder than we anticipated, or we get bored or distracted, or someone ridicules us.

I realize there may come a day when I decide that writing this blog is no longer beneficial to me or those who read it. Or – and I laughed at myself – I run out of things to write about. I’m filled with such sadness when I think about that day so I know it’s pretty far in the future. At least for now.

Who the hell knows what’s going to happen tomorrow?

All I know is that I don’t really know all that much. This past year and a half has been such a mind blowing experience for me but not for the reasons you may think. Because for all the fear and change in routine the way I lived didn’t really change. I was still able to do all the things that were important to me. I suppose the one difference was that I was able to avoid social interactions and gatherings without offending anyone. Which was a plus in my book!

I do know that I don’t want to forget everything that happened or how I felt about it – let it get lost with each passing day – and take for granted being able to have the freedom of taking a spur of the moment trip to the store – or anywhere, not having to wear a mask, or thinking twice before I hug someone.

Okay, I’m an introvert, I always think twice before I hug someone…

But that’s another post.

If I’ve learned anything it’s how important it is to mark our milestones no matter how small or insignificant they seem. Hell, most of our milestones wouldn’t seem all that important to anyone else but that’s okay because they’re our milestones. So I realize that 800 posts may not seem all that great to any of you but that’s not really the point of this post.

The point is to get you to stop long enough to acknowledge and appreciate your own milestones. To understand that every one of them is propelling you further, giving you the confidence and strength to keep going when you get knocked down. And when you take notice of them it gives you even more power to overcome all the ickyness of life.

So the next time you see your personal zeros take a minute, smile, feel a sense of accomplishment and then tackle whatever comes next on your way to marking the next milestone!

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