Why Are Our Formal Celebrations Not Linked To Academic Achievements?
Have you ever wondered why it is always our formal celebrations like births, marriages and religious ceremonies that are a bigger affair than celebrating our academic achievements or job promotions?
I have found this over the years anyway. I was thinking about this a few weeks ago and thought I would reflect on it here so this may just be a load of ramble..
For me, I have always been quite late to the party when it comes to achievements so I thought maybe that was why they were never celebrated as much? I also did a bit of research around the subject (I may be going off topic here but bear with me) so see how I compared with when we are 'supposed' to reach these major life milestones.
Yes I know comparison is the theft of joy but I'm not really bothered with comparison, this is just for fun!
MILESTONE AVERAGE ME
First kiss 15 15
First full time job 19 18
Pass driving test 20 19
First holiday with friends 21 18
Buy first car (with own money) 22 21
First holiday with partner 23 19
Be Maid of Honour/Best Man 23 Never
Rent on your own 24 Never
Get engaged 25 32
Live with partner 25 30
Get married 27 35?
Buy first property 27 24
Have first child 28 36?
First house 29 31
Start earning average wage 30 23
Second child 31 ?
Buy brand new car 32 ?
Become a manager at work 34 32
Start a business 35 26
Move to second house 36 ?
Enjoy 2+ holidays per year 36 24
Earn in higher tax band 37 32
Buy property to let 39 29
Retire 60 ?
So looking at that I don't feel too bad! However, I kind of meant more in terms of graduating and settling down. Those things I feel like I did a lot later and so there was never really any big celebrations but that's okay, it's just interesting how society dictates when and what we should celebrate.What are your thoughts on the above?
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