Midlife Milestones

Time to Celebrate?
Time to Celebrate?

As we go through life, we have obvious opportunities and some not so obvious. Have you ever considered this as part of your reality?

Many of the biggest opportunities happen at midlife. What we do when they arrive makes all the difference.

And the most overlooked, and inexpensive, opportunity to keep motivation alive is to celebrate milestones along the way. They come in three sizes: small, medium and large.

Yesterday I promised a few of mine, in an effort to practice the preaching. And by the way, all within the past 72 hours:

  • 309 pages of raw content (not blog related)
  • Met with CPA
  • Ran 5 miles without any foot pain
  • Eight hours of sleep for 7 consecutive days
  • 347 straight days of starting each day on my knees

Do you find time to celebrate your milestones, no matter their size? What if you did.

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Thursday, March 11, marks the 6th anniversary of my open-heart surgery. I’ll be paying more attention to the other “milestones” in my life. Thanks Jeff. You have the gift of putting into words what a lot of us think but never follow through because we don’t verbalize it.

  2. David, never knew you had open-heart surgery.

    How scary that must have been.

    Congratulations for making the decision to do it and the consciousness to still appreciate the fact you are alive, six years later.

    And, um (gulp), thanks for the nice comment about the gift-thingy.

  3. Call it an early wake up call to midlfe. My wife had surprised me with a party for my 40th birthday. I didn’t feel well after the party and decided to go to the doctor the next day. I had the presence of mind to ask my wife to take me to the doc. They admitted me to the hospital immediately noticing a problem. Three days later I had double bypass surgery.

    Family history, lack of exercise, poor diet . . . I deserved what I got. But God was gracious to give me a second chance.

  4. David, your honesty and openness is inspiring, and maybe a nudge to someone else who reads this.

    Life is hard work.

    And only those that work hard know why.

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