I have come to realize that celebration has never been only about the big stuff. Most often I wait for the big stuff to celebrate. I wait till it’s huge, till I reach the end of a thing or I wait till someone else acknowledges that it’s something worth celebrating but not this year hehe this year I’ve learned to celebrate the tiniest things. Sometimes it seems ridiculous even but I do it anyway. I hype myself up and give myself all the accolades I could ever give for something as simple as remembering to take my sandals from the hallway or remembering to lay my bed the moment I’m off it.
This I learnt from giving counsel to my cousin actually. I realized she can message me to say She went through a whole day without strangling anyone at work and I’d have a party in our chat. I told her we were going to make noise about her little wins until the little wins join together to become a big one and she agreed to share them only if I did same.
We focus so much on the big stuff that we miss that we do amazing things on the daily. Each day, we do something worth cheering about yet we miss it because we have our eyes on the big prize and no I’m not saying that’s bad to always push yourself to be more or do more. However I have come to believe that celebrating the little wins in life doesn’t not only make each day easier but it makes you lighter, more cheerful and motivated to do more. It doesn’t matter if it’s some thing tiny as getting up immediately your alarm goes off or ironing your outfit the night before. It could be refusing to get angry at someone who would usually make you angry or not blowing your horn at the trotro driver who just crossed you.
You should celebrate the completion of that blog post or the fact that you finished that book chapter. You should celebrate being able to stay off WhatsApp for an hour or sitting through a whole lecture and actually paying attention. I have come to realize that it pushes me to go extra, be extra & do extra. It’s like when a little kid does something and you cheer them on, they do it again and do it better just so they can see you clap your hands and say good job or have you pick them up and twirl them around. I like to believe we all have that little kid in us somewhere so celebrating your little wins actually propels you to the bigger ones and It makes you enjoy the journey better.
So for a while now, my cousin and I would text each other, say what we are proud of that day and rain accolades on each other. Even merely going through a day of work is big to us. You’d think we won the lottery or something. It was hard at first because your mind would say ‘this small thing too’, sometimes you’d hear ‘but everyone can do this or has done this already.’ Don’t let that discourage you. Don’t let how someone else will view it define how important it is to you. Believe me sometimes it will seem ridiculous, it really would but do it anyway. It doesn’t hurt anybody. Write notes to yourself if you can, do a little dance, buy yourself a treat…just acknowledge that you did something and you are proud. I’m learning to do these and sometimes the things I celebrate will have you roll your eyes or wonder if everything is alright but it’s made me not only mindful of the little wins I have each day but also pushes me to make more. Accolades de3 3y3 lol until tomorrow…. go celebrate!!!!