You know all that stuff you’ve been saving for a special occasion? Well, today is the day to use it! After all, as Mary Engelbreit says, just being alive is the special occasion.
Just Being Alive is a Special Occasion
Your wedding china. A fancy perfume. That sweet dress you bought on sale last season. That bottle of fine wine your great-uncle Joe gave you. All sitting in the back of a closet, waiting for a special occasion.
Like we’ve discussed in the past, though, tomorrow is never promised. That special occasion may never arrive. If we’ve learned nothing else this year, it’s that even the best laid plans can get derailed. Weddings, graduations, anniversaries, family vacations, and milestone birthday parties…in other words, all those special occasions…canceled. Just like that, thanks to one itty bitty microscopic germ.
Even in “normal” times, though, we have no guarantee that those special occasions we’re waiting for will actually come to pass. That’s part of life, part of living. It’s also what makes being alive the special occasion all on its own.
It often takes a tragedy to remind us that life is absolutely miraculous, that there’s no occasion more special than simply waking up every morning. When we realize just how many people don’t get to experience that, how many aren’t waking up today, we learn to appreciate it a bit more.
We only have so many big occasions
A couple of weeks ago, we talked about how life is made up of so many small moments that make it worth living. Remember, we only have so many big “milestones” in our lives. So many weddings, births, graduations, and birthdays. Think about all the stuff you’re saving for a special occasion. Could you possibly ever get to fully enjoy them, knowing that you only have maybe a dozen chances to use them?
Seriously, think about it. If you save your beautiful wedding china just for special occasions, you’ll end up using it for less time than you spent picking out the pattern. How about that fancy perfume? You’ll never use even half of it if you only use it for fancy parties. The rest just goes to waste.
Then there’s the fact that we never can decide if an occasion is special enough, after all. Maybe our 10th anniversary isn’t special enough for that bottle of wine. Perhaps we should save it for our 15th, our 25th, our 50th. Before we know it, a lifetime has passed, and we never got around to drinking it. Well, maybe our grandkids will find a special enough occasion for it, right? Then again, if they’re anything like us, maybe not.
Treat just being alive like a special occasion
I say it’s high time that we stop leaving things hidden in the back of our closets for a milestone day and start treating every moment like the special occasion that it is.
Serve dinner on your fine china tonight. Break out that wine and raise a glass to your local farmers who helped food on your table. While you’re at it, toast yourself for all the hard work you put into making healthy meals.
Throw on that cute dress, dab on that pricey perfume, and grab your partner for a date night under the stars in your backyard. After all, there’s no occasion more special than time spent with someone we love.
Indulge in that box of Belgian chocolate your sister sent you. Fill that fancy gold frame with candid snapshots of your kids being silly. Spend that gift certificate your mom gave you on something totally fun and frivolous. Use your pricey handbag as your “everyday purse.”
Treat every single day, every single moment, like it’s the most important of your life. After all, this moment is truly the only thing we’re guaranteed. So, live in it, love it, and remember- just being alive IS the special occasion.
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