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Meaningful Moments

ConfettiByADoseofShipBoySummer is here, and with it time for graduations and weddings.

Sometimes life gets in a rut, with the same routine and daily life lulling us into a sense that things will go on like this forever. This is it. However, the one real constant in life is change. People marry. They have children. Children even, hard as it is for some parents to admit it, grow up.

There are reason movies and books are often set during meaningful moments. Graduations, weddings, birthdays, and funerals are big favorites. They take our everyday life and condense it, squeezing it down in a moment, as if crushed in a giant grip that will shove us through a narrow doorway into the next phase of our lives. We suddenly see where we are, right now, when we are on our way somewhere else.

It’s good to acknowledge big moments. Weddings, funerals, and graduations mark ends and beginnings. For some people, it’s just another party. For others, it’s life-changing.

There are other life-changing moments, of course: lottery winnings, accidents and illnesses, the last time you speak with someone, or meeting that someone new who will change your life. These things aren’t always anticipated, but they’re just as real. Wouldn’t it be nice if they were accompanied by a trumpet blast and confetti so we knew? The best we can do is recognize them after the fact.

So, even though we can’t see all the big moments coming, that makes it even more important to celebrate and mourn the life-changers we do see.

Go to the wedding. Cheer for the new graduate.

And even, occasionally, celebrate your comfortable rut, while waiting for the unheard trumpets and unseen confetti to change it all.


About Lela Bay

Lela Bay is the author of Ruined Reputations. She lives in a modest house in a modest town with her husband, children, and pets. Despite living so far north, she requires a certain amount of sunshine each day or she gets grumpy. Her hands are always cold, but her heart is warm. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys strolling, gardening, reading, and tea time with friends. Music has always been a large part of her life, and she owns a ridiculous number of instruments. Lela’s favorite romance authors include Laura Kinsale, Jennifer Cruise, and Jane Austen. She enjoys stories with intimacy and humor. Favorite movies include Overboard, All of Me, North & South, Pride and Prejudice (miniseries with Colin Firth, please), The Princess Bride, and While You Were Sleeping. On television she is a fan of Grey’s Anatomy, Downton Abbey, and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. She frequently contributes movie and entertainment reviews to Meant to Be Press. Follow Lela on twitter @bay_lela


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