I'm not talking about the things that happen over again, like birthdays, wedding anniversaries or even great achievements of personal goals. I'm referring to the real milestones of life, and often these things come around only once (usually anyway).
It's about the milestones in our life that remind is why we are here and how awesome it is to be alive, even if our physical time in this world might be relatively short.
The birth of a child, the union in marriage of two souls who love each other and were destined to be together, the last day of school - you know where I'm going with this, and I'm sure you can think of many others.
These milestones can help shape who we are and can sometimes reach down so deeply within us that it feels like our hearts just cannot take it. They can make us laugh and cry at the same time.
Yesterday, one of these milestones occurred in our family. Casey, our youngest baby who just turned one year old some weeks ago, went from just being able to barely balance himself on his tiny little legs to taking the biggest steps in life that he will ever take - his very first ones!!
Forgetting all fear and seeing nothing but the Mickey Mouse hat that I had placed on my head as his goal, he turned and walked (albeit somewhat wobbly) across the loungeroom floor completely unaided. To him, he achieved his goal - the hat. To me, I thought my heart was going to burst out of my chest... the tears more than just welled in my eyes, I can tell you.
So, my friends - life is short - cherish these milestones, and remember that whatever your goal (maybe in your case it's not a hat with a Mickey Mouse logo), it's often the journey to get there that defines who we are, not just the end game!