I thought I’d schedule this as I’ve been reflecting lately about milestones.
Everyone is doing that “10 years: then and now” thing on social media, posting photos of themselves and reflecting on where they were in 2009 compared to now, in 2019. People are getting sentimental about the fact that it’s another decade passing.
Really, though, as much as I like number categories, especially round ones, anyone can celebrate decades passing and milestones. It doesn’t have to be neatly packaged into dated decades. We can celebrate the little and big things all the time.
Humans love time and rhythms. It’s why we love doing the “look back” thing, I think. It’s also a form of processing. I like to remember things – heck, I keep a daily journal because of that (and for processing them).
Just remember, we aren’t our successes or failures – and each person’s story is different. It’s what makes us who we are.
Having said that, I’ve written down some milestones below. There are many milestones I could pick out. I’m young and have been fortunate.
“Little” ones include going to some lovely musicals and participating in lovely choral performances myself, as well as trying new things, like fencing, BodyPump/ gym and the SCA.
Other (bigger?) ones include:
- joining my university choir (LaTUCS) and travelling interstate to attend my first intervarsity choral festival;
- meeting my partner there;
- becoming LaTUCS vice-president then president
- through these and other roles, learning how to better work in professional teams with people in real ways that uni doesn’t always teach you, including some hefty conflict management.
- beginning to move out of home, learning how to best take care of myself and what works for me.
This year/ in the past twelve-ish months, I:
- finished uni and then graduated with a double degree in Bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice
- moved in with my partner in Melbourne
- got a job in a specialisation of Occupational Therapy that I really love: Paediatric OT, working with autistic kids.
- As of Friday the 20th, I’ve officially had a full year of employment as well as four school terms of work. Awesome stuff.
- bought a car together with my partner and made great progress with getting my drivers licence (I’m hoping I’ll get it in the new year)
Throughout it all, I’ve done a heckton of development in understanding myself, including my disabilities, my sexuality, my faith and mental health – and from that, I’m learning what self-care works for me and how to get it.
I’ve struggled at times, but fortunately I’ve usually had supports around me or have gained access to them. I’ve come through okay.
I hope you have too.
Here’s to the past, the present and the future, for all of us.
Happy New Year.