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Have you ever taken a moment to think about all the life-changing events and milestones that you have achieved in life? If the answer is no, you are not alone. It is not uncommon for us to take those moments for granted, to see them as simply just things that happened. How often do you take time and appreciate those moments? Life milestones are not merely a stepping stone to the next life stage, but they can often be life-changing. They are not merely milestones, but moments that deserve recognition.

When it comes to recognizing your milestones, it is a good idea to keep in mind that not everyone achieves so many of the “milestones”, nor do all of these life events carry the same significance for everyone. So if society sets out certain expectations such as being married by a certain age, don’t beat yourself up for not reaching that goal, especially if it isn’t even what you want! Your achievements are yours alone. They are for you to celebrate, so don’t feel discouraged when others don’t seem to care about what you have accomplished.

When I was in my mid 20’s a woman who was a couple of years younger than me and had just gotten married and had a child questioned why I wasn’t married or thinking about marriage at that point. My initial reaction was to be shocked. I was only 25 at the time. Given the fact that it was the 90’s and not 1890, I didn’t think I was abnormal for not having a husband and a slew of children at the ripe age of 16. Then that self-righteous side of me kicked in. I stated my case for not being married. ” Not everyone wants to marry and that is ok. Not every woman wants to have kids, and many of them are not able to have them. Does that make them less valuable in society? Less of a woman?”. The point is, don’t stress out if you never achieve some of the more “common milestones”. Some people will never drive. Some will never have children. Others have no desire to travel.

Your life achievements or milestones should be recognized, after all, they made you who you are today! Take a moment and consider all the great things you did. Maybe there was some life event that was not so great such as a divorce, yet still, that event shaped who you are. Cherishing and coming to terms with those moments is accepting who you are, a marvelous, unique and downright awesome human being! View the list below and take a moment to think about those milestones, whether they were achieved and how it made you feel.