Anniversary : Celebrate the Past or Future?
Anniversary – we all have at least one (birthday). Anniversary time, is it a time to celebrate the past or future? Today finds me writing and thinking about this. Finding the balance between looking back and looking forward – is it just me – or is that really hard. An anniversary is a day that commemorates or celebrates a past event that occurred on the same date of the year as the initial event. I get it, X happened on Y date and each year when Y date shows up, you celebrate it.
I couldn’t stop laughing when I started researching and reading about Anniversaries, most are birthdays, weddings, and death. Come on, admit it, that is funny. What else could be an anniversary:
– The day you learned something that changed your life?
– The day you started a company?
– The day you decided to be healthy?
– The day you were stupid and drove drunk and made it home? You’ve done it, stop it, just take Uber.
What is worthy of being an anniversary is somewhat interesting, but the real question that is running through my mind is, why isn’t it a celebration of the future? Everything I read is about the past, sometime that basically is described as “better”. We are about to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination, and everything is past tense. I’m not suggesting that his death was “good”, but I am suggesting the celebration could be about the future. As I think about anniversaries I am certainly reminded of what that time meant, but I am going to choose to focus on what that time can mean in the future.