Friday Question – Milestones

Friday Question – Milestones

By | 2016-04-01T16:23:20-04:00 December 4th, 2015|Categories: Questions|Tags: , |1 Comment

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Something to Ponder Today

Sometimes we can’t help knowing that a certain anniversary is coming up if it has emotional meaning. Sometimes the way we mark time is not even overly personal, but days that have meaning for many people, such as holidays, can still feel different depending on what you have been through and what you associate with those days. Also, sometimes a milestone does not have to happen by default or fall on a particular day. We set milestones or goals for ourselves all the time, telling ourselves, “I will finish this book” or “I will go to the grocery store,” like to-do lists or bucket lists. It is important to remember to celebrate little accomplishments, and try not to become obsessed with possibilities of not handling something well or not doing something “right” or “in time.” It can be helpful to have a mixture of short-term and long-term, easier and harder, goals, so you consistently feel like you are living meaningfully but you also always have things to look forward to.

What kind of milestones do you notice or set for yourself? 

  • How do you feel when you reach a milestone? Do you ever feel like you should feel a certain way, but don’t?
  • What do you do? How do you celebrate happy milestones and cope with sad ones?
  • Do other people remind you of milestones, and do you want them to? How could you get them to stop or start? What support do you have at these times?
  • Do you try to keep milestones few and far between, or do you have frequent ones? How do you feel in the time between? Are you very focused on reaching that goal or moment, or do you avoid thinking about it?
  • How do you feel when you think about, or are encouraged to pursue, milestones that you don’t want to set for yourself? You may not want to get married, have children, move to a new community, or do other things that many people consider normal or expected — how do you remind yourself that it is okay to have different goals?
  • Have your milestones changed over time? Have you added more, or stopped observing a few? Does anything that once seemed important now seem unimportant, or vice versa?

You don’t have to answer every (or any!) question, of course. These are just different ways to approach the topic which might be helpful to consider. You can share as much or as little as you like.

On the Forum

Please note that we are still working things out in the forum, especially technical issues. We are gradually letting people in now who are not moderators or volunteers, but it can basically be considered “in beta” for now. So if you do join, please excuse our forum being a bit of a mess while we get everything tested. There may also be a little bit of a wait time for sending out invites.

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About the Author:

Bethany is an ace survivor who lives in Minnesota and studies gerontology. She has published feminist nonfiction work in online literary magazines, and she also posts writing prompts for assault survivors at

One Comment

  1. queenieofaces December 4, 2015 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    I love this question. I may wind up collecting my thoughts enough to write a response in the forum, but even if I don’t, I wanted the record to show that this is one of my favorite Friday questions so far.

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