In life, there are so many milestones that people expect everyone to hit and a lot of them involve relationships. From moving in together with a partner, getting engaged and married to having kids. It seems like the most celebrated moments in life are the ones involving being in a couple. Then there are also the various anniversaries too. There is no shortage of relationship milestones out there, but what about single people? Are they supposed to celebrate nothing but their birthdays because they’re not coupled up? Do all anniversaries have to be romantic, why aren’t friend anniversaries a thing? (I know Facebook kind of tried that for a while, do they still do that…) Look, regardless of whether you’re in a relationship or not, there are plenty of moments that individuals can celebrate too. So, here are 5 personal milestones for people to celebrate…
One of the best feelings in the world is getting out of your overdraft. You know it’s true. It’s wonderful not owing the bank anything and having that weight off your shoulders. For many, the stress of paying of student loans etc. is a daily one. Being able to get to a position where that is no longer the case is euphoric and definitely one of the personal milestones to celebrate. It’s one that doesn’t require you being loved up. It’s an opportunity to commend all your hard work and saving. Having that sense of financial security is truly amazing too. If you want to see how potential matches feel about finances, check out CLiKD.
Finally getting a role you wanted or the promotion
you’ve been working towards is one of the personal
milestones that should be talked about more.
I remember when I had my first one-year work anniversary and how excited I was. It was a huge deal to me, to be able to have finally graduated from the multiple internship’s life to a role with longevity. The same can be said for getting promotions or getting hired somewhere you’ve really wanted to work. Job hunting (and I speak from way too much experience) is one of the worst, soul crushing things I can think of. Not knowing when it’ll end and you’ll finally have a job, plus putting in all the time and effort for applications just to be ignored. Finally getting a role you wanted or the promotion you’ve been working towards is one of the personal milestones that should be talked about more. Getting ahead in the career you want is no easy feat, trust me!
Ah, travel. Who doesn’t love it? One important component of travel can be the people you’re with. If the way you travel isn’t compatible, it can ruin the whole trip. Travel is also one of those things you might put off because you’re waiting for other people to be available to join you. We get it. It’s nice to be with other people, because it makes us feel more secure in a new place. So, it’s definitely a big deal when you make the leap to doing a solo trip. Whether you went to Paris for the weekend or decided to head to Peru alone for a festival, travelling alone takes guts and can be such a transformative experience.
Even more than that, you’re respecting yourself
(love it!) your boundaries and letting it be known that
you don’t need a knight in shining armour to rescue you,
because you’ve got this!
Maybe it’s going bungee jumping for the first time or getting a tattoo, pushing through the fear and doing something that you’ve always wanted is a great feeling. It doesn’t even have to be a big event necessarily. I remember one of mine was finally getting my helix piercing. Once it was done, I couldn’t figure out how it had taken so long to do. It left me with a great sense of self confidence and a lot of happiness that was finally indulging in something I’d wanted for ages. Facing your fears is one of the biggest personal milestones and it results in a lot of character growth.
There comes a time (or many) that you have to put yourself first and stand up for yourself. Anytime you’re able to look at a situation and find the strength to do what’s best for you is a time that should be celebrated. Whether it’s quitting a job that’s been making you miserable, leaving a toxic relationship, standing up to your parents or asking for a raise. These are all moments where you’ve realised your worth and are taking the steps to get the respect you’ve truly earned. Even more than that, you’re respecting yourself (love it!) your boundaries and letting it be known that you don’t need a knight in shining armour to rescue you, because you’ve got this!
So, there you have it! 5 personal milestones for people to celebrate. Of course, even if you’re in a couple, you can still celebrate all of these. These milestones are for all, because relationship status shouldn’t be the only thing that should be applauded.