How old do you think you’ll be when you die? The average life expectancy for someone born today is about 78 years old. And, with advances in science, most people in the industrialized world alive today can expect to live to be anywhere from 75 to 90 years old. So, if you’re reading this – and have just a bit of luck – you might live to the ripe old age of 90 years old. That means you’ll live 1,080 months or 4,680 weeks. That is 32,850 days.
Let’s say you get to live 32,850 days on this rock. How many of those days will be BIG days — milestone moments?
To answer that, you have to define ‘milestone.’ We see milestone moments as those that are particularly memorable and special because something significant happened. They are usually moments of risk and courage; when you seized the day and made it count. Or days that are the culmination of a great deal of time and/or effort. Milestone days are the outcome of the grit and growth that it took to get there. Those days often require effort to scale and reach.
How many of your roughly 32,850 days will include triumphs or achievements? How many will be life changing or defining? How many will be truly worthy of elevating and celebrating?
It’s not a rhetorical question. Do the math. Add them up. It will vary from person to person. Being born. Turning 1 year old. Starting school. Having a Bar / Bat Mitzvah or Holy Communion. Turning Sweet 16 or having a Quinceanera or coming out party. Graduating high school. Graduating college. Earning an advanced degree like a Ph.d. Getting married. Having a child. Having another child. Winning an award. Publishing a book or creating a work of art. Delivering a TED Talk or giving a keynote speech. Making an invention or discovery. Starting a business. Selling a business. Starting a charity. Running a marathon or triathlon. Winning a competition. Hitting a lot of milestone birthdays… 16, 18, 21, 30, 40. 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 80 and 90. Hitting a lot of milestone anniversaries… 10, 20, 25, and 50 years. Even if you did many noteworthy things and count every birthday and anniversary as peak event, you’ll be very fortunate if you have 300 watershed moments.
At Mylestones, we believe it is important to mark BIG LIFE moments. They are rare and precious. Capture everything about those peak days and memorialize what makes them truly special. Share them with the people you care about and who care about you. Allow those in the circle of trust to acknowledge the event. Let them not just celebrate with you, but celebrate you. Let them shower you with the words and deeds that say “We see you. You matter.” Bask in those feelings of connection and belonging. And then do the same in return for those in that inner circle. Elevate and celebrate their peak moments.
We each get to live about 32,850 days. Less than 1% of those days will qualify as BIG LIFE moments. So when they happen, make a fuss! Mark each moment.