Is constant alliteration getting old yet? I’m considering approaching the naming of entries from a different standpoint. You can only be reminded of Wheel of Fortune’s “same letter” category so many times.
I’d like to address the importance of highlighting milestones, and no, this is not a response to Facebook’s recent timeline feature that allows a user to highlight their birth, graduation, real estate acquisitions, and launched and collapsed romances, etc. This is a response to my upcoming college graduation which, as a full-time employee no longer residing in the townhouses, seems more like a chore than the marking of an accomplishment. Attaining a cap and gown is the last item on my to-do list and for now I’m thinking that the feeling of crossing out a career-related item is much more significant than making my way to the college book store to purchase appropriate garb.
Whether it be a holiday, birthday, anniversary, or other important event marked by a date, I seem to undervalue these miniature monuments. My dream of taking a photo the threshold of my first apartment and having it blown up and hung inside that very first home was trampled on by the rushed move-in and hurried arranging of all the things required to fill the apartment to meet my needs. A photo one month in to the living situation would feel phony, and I am not a fan of phony photos.
If I keep up at this rate then there will be very little celebrations, which leads to a decrease in rendezvousing with pals both old and new, which leads to a decrease in alcohol consumption, which leads to an increase in productivity, which leads to a decrease in couch time. If I am decreasing the amount of time I spend on my couch then I’m decreasing the amount of time I spend smiling. This just doesn’t seem fair.
To avoid cyclical living, I will begin to acknowledge celebrate miniature milestones…not fake holidays like “National Hot Dog Day”, because that makes me angry, but notable days and occasions will be marked in a special sort of way.
I encourage everyone to recognize and celebrate events that they deem important. This doesn’t mean I will be walking on stage in a cap and gown next week, but it does mean I’ll spend the evening prior boozing with friends and families in celebration of both 3.5 years of hard work and the fact that I’m not forcing any family members to attend a ceremony at lovely LU.