What is it about certain time periods that add extra significance to remembering our life history? Why do we celebrate milestones differently to anniversaries of events in other years?
I clocked up another year of life a couple of months ago but it wasn’t a milestone birthday. Next year, however, I’ll be hitting the half century so I’m already starting to think about what I need to do in the coming months to reach that occasion in better than reasonable shape.
While my birthday this year wasn’t a milestone, 2012 is a significant milestone year for other reasons.
Next month it’ll be 25 years since I first cycled across Australia, riding about four and a half thousand kilometres in five weeks to make my way from Perth to Canberra. I’ve cycled across the Nullarbor another four times since then but that first trip was obviously a significant life event. Each of those rides was part of Australia’s Bike for Bibles program which began in 1984, and that first ride in 1987 was the first ever crossing of Australia by a Bike for Bibles team.
It was 20 years ago last month that I flew out from Perth to go cycling amongst the Rocky Mountains in Canada. It was a short trip but I was there for the first ever Canadian Bike for Bibles ride. I was part of a small group of Aussies who made the journey to commence something wonderful in an amazing country.
While those milestones are significant, they don’t even begin to compare with three other events that changed my world irrevocably for the better back in 1992.
Event One: Twenty years ago, at the beginning of 1992, I met the most amazing woman I have ever known.
Event Two: Later in 1992 she agreed to marry me.
Event Three: In December of that year we were married, which means that this year we’ll be celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary. 1992 was a big year.
Are you someone who takes note of milestone occasions? What milestones are you looking forward to celebrating?
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I’m looking forward to celebrating my 30th birthday next year. Well…maybe not the birthday bit, but certainly the having a party bit.
It feels like 30 was such a short time ago but then I realise that it was almost 20 years ago. Life certainly does tend to pick up pace as the years go past.
I celebrate my 60th birthday on October 9th. A little over a week later I will be riding in the Hilly Hundred (aptly named). My first time i rode the HH was 4 years ago and it was my 57th birthday.
You share your birthday (but not your age) with my wife. 🙂
I’d love to come and ride the Hilly Hundred but I’ll be taking care of my own hills with this year’s cancer ride.