Looking back on the last four years of my life, it amazes me every time to think about how much it has changed and how far I have come both personally and professionally.
Everyone has his or her ups and downs and my life is no exception.
Four years ago I was planning what I thought was the biggest day of my life — my wedding — however when I think back and reflect on all the big milestones in my life, each, at that time, seemed to be the biggest, most important one.
Whether it was my Grade 9 grad, my first real date, the day I got my license, the day I got my braces off, my high school graduation, moving into my first apartment, moving to a new city or my college convocation, each of those moments in time seemed bigger and more important than the last — or so I thought.
However, if I truly look at each moment for what it was, at that exact moment in time, they were all huge and important because they were all steps toward the bigger and better and, without each of those steps up, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
However, my wedding was a huge game changer because that was the day I not only chose to start a new chapter in my life, but also chose the person I wanted to share the rest of my chapters with.
I would love to sit here and say that from that moment on our story has been nothing but rainbows and roses but how exciting would that be?
From the moment I married my husband I can honestly say life has not been boring.
We have welcomed two beautiful babies into our lives, but also suffered loss. We have both made advances in our careers, but at times have had to sacrifice time together for the betterment of our family and although we are always looking for opportunities to ditch the Friendly City and see what new adventures we can find, as our children grow, those new adventures seem to be happening right before our eyes.
In a short four years I went from what one might have considered a selfish, self-absorbed, single gal, to a married, full-time working mother of two.
What’s funny and by far the most incredible change of all is that when I think about the most important days in my life now, they no longer have very much to do with me at all.
They are the milestones my children are on the verge of experiencing, they are the vacations we have planned with our parents and they are the moments spent creating tomorrow’s memories as a family.
Growing and changing is a natural process and reflecting on that growth and change is a great way to gauge just how far you have come.
In four years life feels like it has gone from zero to 60. However, when I look back, I wouldn’t change a thing.
I no longer compare milestones, hold onto regret or live with sadness or anger. I do my best to always see the brighter side of any situation and try to stay in the moment.
If I have learned anything in the last four years it is just how fast time flies by and how important it truly is to appreciate every moment big or small.