June is affectionately referred to as Wedding Month and for obvious reasons, many anniversaries are celebrated in June. An anniversary can give you a gentle reminder to think back on how far you’ve come, how quickly time passes, and how life’s monumental issues seem less daunting with each passing year.
Celebrate an anniversary because:
- You can remember how much time has passed and how much you’ve gotten done since the last anniversary. Often a year seems so far off in the future and an anniversary is a reminder of how quickly time flies.
- An anniversary gives one an emotional marker. It makes it easy to remember how you felt a year ago, good, bad or indifferent. It’s a way to show progress and growth! It’s a reminder to celebrate victories, large or small.
- Life is meant to be celebrated! Anniversaries mark milestones in our lives. If every day were the same, we’d forget things from one year to another. It’s a time to remember something good, a wedding, a birth, a new job, a new house; or to remember a sad event, a death, an accident, a job loss. It’s a reminder to look back on where you’ve been and where you’re going.
- Often when we’re in the heat of the moment, we feel like things will never get better! It’s overwhelming sometimes to just get out of bed. Life’s challenges create exhaustion and overwhelm in day to day living. Anniversaries provide an insight into how we deal with change, how resilient we can be and how we have to accept life with its many twists and turns.
- The Virginia Slims ad from years ago reminded us that “You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby!” Look back and remember how far you’ve come, and how far you still have to go! Life is not a sprint to the finish. Use anniversaries, great memories and sad memories, to remember how precious and fleeting life can be.
We can only control our own responses! This year in June, I will honor what would have been my 30th wedding anniversary and recognize how far I’ve come as I remember the 10 year anniversary of my divorce – three days apart from one another.