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Hey, I’m Taylor Vogel and this is Now That I’m Not Your Teacher. [cue music] Each week we’ll explore an aspect of adulting that you might have missed in school. Since I used to be a teacher, I’ll structure it in ways that are proven to help you retain information. But since I’m not your teacher anymore, I can approach it in a way that’s honest and sometimes inappropriate for a classroom. Class is in session!
In this week’s unit, we’re talking celebrations! Today, we’ll wrap things up by considering how to acknowledge those major life stages.
I’m divorced. And I feel like you should know that before I talk to you about weddings and stuff. The reason I bring it up, is because I know from experience that it’s possible to celebrate something that didn’t work out for me, with genuine hope and a generous spirit. I love that we celebrate weddings! I feel like when communities come together and support people in formation of family, that oh my goodness that’s an amazing foundation for life together. But I want to take a second and acknowledge that’s not the end all and be all of a person’s life. It’s not even the end all and be all of a person’s relationship. I really wish that as a society that same community would rally again for exponential anniversaries of marriage, the way we do for birthdays. I think sometimes people on the outside of a marriage are afraid to touch what love might be cracking inside for fear that they’ll be the one to break it. But I want to you encourage you to be the person that sees major life stages not as the initial celebration alone. Be there, support them, and celebrate their overcoming hardship supported by community. Endurance is something to celebrate, too!
While we’re on the subject of looking outside the traditional for celebrating life stages, please actually schedule time in your calendar today and on repeat to look to your friends who haven’t had children or gotten married. What badass things are they doing? Be the person to celebrate them when our culture doesn’t always see that they’re important, too.
What major life changes do you wish someone had popped open the bubbly for? And who can be that cheerleader for?
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