In this article, I explore the importance of celebration and how it can help up push beyond the trauma, trouble, and pain of life.
My aunt is a party-animal. At the drop of the dime, she’s ready to throw a party or celebrate a victory. She’s in constant celebration mode and her house was always overflowing with food and wine. The aunt who remarks on how tall you’ve grown and the uncle who comments on your stature were always there. As a child, I used to hate it. I didn’t understand it. It seemed like we were always driving over to her house to party. Her house became a mini-road trip. And I hated road trips. Not to mention the fact that the occasions seemed to be an excuse for her to get together with her friends and family and catch up. Adults and their antics, I thought.
History is full of moments of people celebrating in and through pain. This is because celebrating has healing properties, assisting you in and beyond transition. Celebration can be liberatory. It can be a reminder of how far you’ve come. Moments of celebration are moments when we can look back over our lives, acknowledge the growth, the trials and stubborn pain that we’ve come through. It was only as I grew to understood loss that I was able to value, honor and love this aspect of her personality and my culture.
Celebration can help create a defense, a barrier that slows the storms of life. It can encourage you to press forward, look up, and shake off the disappointment you feel. It reminds us that the joy we once experienced will come again; that darkness only lasts for the night, and no matter how dark it is, the sun comes up again. In the waiting for the sun, even while standing under the light of the moon, we can stand in hope.
If you don’t celebrate the victorious moments, you’ll find those moments fading away into the background of your life.
If you don’t celebrate the victorious moments, you’ll find those moments fading away into the background of your life. Life keeps moving on. The drum keeps beating. The bell keeps ringing. And we forget. There are many moments we don’t and can’t celebrate presently because we don’t remember. Celebration is an opportunity to stop, breathe, express, and appreciate ourselves and the beauty around us. It makes a mark in the timeline of our lives that we can come back to and live in again.
Further, celebration reminds us of the power that we have by living in and walking through life with gratitude and gratefulness. Even when we see scars and wounds, we can acknowledge that these moments didn’t stop us permanently. We can see embrace the power that kept us moving even when we wanted to stop, give up or throw the towel in.
Celebration reminds us of the power that we have by living in and walking through life with gratitude and gratefulness.
This is the secret power of celebration, especially in boundaries of community: to grant us the gift of seeing ourselves and our lives with new eyes. I’d like to think that’s the true goal of celebration. Like a piercing sound in the middle of the night ringing in our ears and hearts, celebration helps us awake to a new day with new opportunity to love deep, to love well. And the next time I go to my aunts house, I’ll toast to the moments we can come together and bathe in the beautiful, glorious mess we call life.