We always talk about the normal milestones of life. You walk, you talk, you go to school and you graduate. You get a job, get married, have a kid, retire and the end.
But no one ever really talks about those weird milestones in life that everyone seems to hit around a certain age that aren’t really fun or accomplishments. I’m talking about the times where the same thing seems to happen to a lot of people who are the same age that really aren’t milestones you want to hit, but are inevitable.
I first noticed it in college when it seemed like everyone was hitting the milestone of breaking up with their significant other from high school. It was like dominoes watching person after person change their Facebook relationship status from “In a relationship” to “Single”. It’s something a lot of us go through and it normally happens late Freshman year or Sophomore year.
And then it gets worse. Because we all were gifted a childhood pet by our parents around the same age. Some of us were barely walking when we got our first dog, some of us were a little older. But then that means that there was a good two years in my life where it felt like every person I knew had a dog that died. Because we’re all on similar timelines and we all have to hit that milestone eventually.
And yes, it gets even worse. We start to lose our grandparents, other family members, even our parents as we all get to a certain age. Again, it feels like dominoes. But we’re getting older and that means the people we’ve looked up to our whole life are getting older too.
These weird milestones of life that we all seem to hit around the same time are hard truths to swallow. But there is a little solace in the fact that we can at least go through it together.