I’ve been on the west coast of Newfoundland for the past 4 days. Beautiful place, friendly people, and a new adventure around every corner. It’s been a blast, filled with hiking, beaches, good meals, BBQs, and one wedding.
The wedding is why I am here. My beautiful, amazing friend got married yesterday. I have known this friend for 12 years (exactly 12 years this past week), and she is one of my most favourite people in this world. She’s seen me at my best and at my very worst. She’s stood beside me through my struggles, picked me up when I’ve fallen and laughed with me until tears fell down our faces. There have been times we’ve gone months and even years without seeing one another, but once we are together again, it is like we were never apart.
That’s true friendship.
And I am so glad I got to be here to celebrate her special day. It was a gorgeous day, filled with laughter, love, beauty, fun, dancing and a bunch of Ontarians being “screeched in”. It was a true celebration of my friend and her new husband, and all the love that they share with each other and with those in attendance. They are a beautiful couple who deserve nothing but the best.
As I’ve sat in a little coffee shop for the past hour, killing time until my 8pm flight, I am thinking about celebrations. There are the celebrations like weddings, birthdays, retirement, and graduation that naturally create a time of excitement and rejoicing. These times invite gatherings and parties so the one[s] being celebrated can have fun with friends and family.
But we often miss the every day celebrations. The special moment celebrations. The grateful to be alive celebrations.
We let those moments pass us by as ordinary. We hardly give them a second thought.
Moments like waking up in the morning and seeing the sunshine.
Going to bed at night with pillows, blankets and a roof over our heads.
Seeing a flower blossom.
Hearing a baby laugh.
Finishing a great book.
Finishing a project you’ve been working on for weeks.
A coffee date with a good friend.
Finding the perfect birthday present for your mom.
Going for a long walk or hike.
Swimming in the ocean.
Standing at the top of waterfall.
A movie night with your sister.
A kiss from your significant other.
Having someone tell you you’re beautiful.
Laughing for any reason.
These are all moments that should be celebrated. They are moments that should be cherished. They are moments we should be immensely grateful for.
We spend so much time moving from one thing to the next, caught up in stress, busy schedules and the distractions of life that we hardly pay attention to these moments.
We don’t take the time to celebrate the every day ordinary.
Life is short. It can be over with the snap of a finger or the flick of a switch.
We need to stop wasting time. We need to appreciate all that we have. Forget what we don’t have. Stop focusing on tomorrow or the next day.
Concentrate on today. On this moment.
Laugh until your belly hurts and tears fall down your face.
Love despite your heartbreaks.
Appreciate all you have been given.