“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” — Omar Khayyam
This past weekend, I went home to Pennsylvania for a weekend of my sister Clare’s pre-wedding festivities. On Saturday afternoon through Sunday, I hosted a bachelorette party (complete with a bridal party yoga class, dinner at a little Italian place, lots of bachelorette games and boozy punch, and a good-old-fashioned-sleepover in my parents’ home), and then on Sunday, the mother of Clare’s childhood best friend (who also happened to be my three siblings’ and my kindergarten teacher) hosted a gorgeous bridal shower in her home. After the shower, we returned to my parents’ house for a family cookout.
During the planning stages of the weekend, I called the shower hostess to rsvp, ask if there was anything that I could do to help, and thank her for offering to host. Graciously, she exclaimed that she was so happy to be able to offer a shower, saying “I am delighted by Clare and Katie’s lifelong friendship, and your family’s friendship means so much to me; celebrating these friendships and milestones are what makes life enjoyable.”
These words deeply resonated with me. Celebrating friendships, celebrating milestones — celebrating people and moments — are what make life enjoyable. We each just have one life to live, and that life moves quickly, and that life can be really hard at times. Why not make it a point to take the time and energy and effort to enjoy it through celebrating meaningful relationships and moments?