5 Relationship Milestones That Are Worth Celebrating
Everyone has a different definition of their view on milestones. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a milestone is defined as ‘an important event in the development or history of something or in someone’s life’. Simply put, it is something that is life-changing or extremely important to someone, be it a personal, career, relationship, or business milestone.
Every relationship is intricate and unique. Thus, there is no textbook definition for the ‘right’ types of relationship milestones to be achieved. For example, a milestone for one couple could be buying a house together. For another, it could be graduating together. However, there are some milestones that every couple would definitely celebrate together because they are worth it.
Here are 5 relationship milestones that are worth celebrating for all you lovebirds!
1. Breaking down the walls
If you have managed to break down each other’s walls in the course of this relationship, I am very proud of you!
Every individual has walls built up over time. This could be due to past experiences, family bitterness, relationship failures, personal depression, or other difficult experiences. It is not an easy task to jump over or break these walls down to get to the real person hiding or trapped behind them. It takes time, communication, trust, maybe some crying or venting, and a slow, steady process of removing the bricks.
This is why I personally believe that this relationship milestone is worth celebrating by every couple who have let down their guards and are able to be vulnerable with one another.
2. Meeting the family and friends
This is a huge milestone because your relationship has now progressed into each other’s personal comfort zones.
I remember the first time I was to meet my boyfriend’s parents. It was nerve-wracking and I remember being scared, but it all changed when they welcomed me with open arms and treated me as their own. The same situation happened to my boyfriend at my house as well. However, the amount of relief and happiness we felt after these meetings were euphoric! It made us bond closer, knowing that our close friends and family now accept our union and love.
Don’t forget to celebrate this milestone with your loved one if you have achieved it! The feeling you will experience is truly something else.
3. Talking it out
Fights always happen in relationships, as much as we would love a relationship without any. When this happens, what matters most is how, as a couple, both of you will solve them.
Experiencing your first argument or fight can be upsetting, especially if you have been together for a long period without any disagreements. If and when it happens, all you need to do is take a deep breath, look at your significant other in the eye and decide if fighting or arguing is worth it. I’m pretty sure the answer would be no. So, instead of throwing mean insults or yelling, learn to talk it out, like the mature, loving couple that you are.
The secret to talking it out is nothing but love and teamwork. Remember, it’s you guys against the world for a lifetime so go ahead and celebrate this special milestone!
4. First vacation together
This is one of those relationship milestones that sound easy at first, but in reality, it is a struggle to execute. For those of you who have experienced it, you would know what I’m talking about.
To plan the first vacation with your partner, you would want it to be special, memorable, and unique. So, this vacation would require commitment from both parties in terms of money, time, and planning. You will both need to figure out the budget (who’s paying for what, 50/50 payment, etc.), the vacation dates (who needs to apply for leave, weekends/weekdays, etc.) and finally the vacation planning (the location, activities, tourist spots, etc.) What makes this difficult is that it takes compromise and the dawning realisation that anywhere with them is a happy vacation.
If you have unlocked this milestone, cheers and enjoy your vacation!
5. No more LDR
LDR sucks. That’s as politely blunt I can put it.
Long-distance relationships or LDR is pretty self-explanatory; A lovely couple is undoubtedly separated due to geographical locations, time zones, or by seasons. Regardless, it just means they can’t meet anytime they want—when they need a shoulder to cry on, someone to hug in joy, or just go out for dinner together. I’ve personally gone through my fair share of LDR experiences. It was really tough for both my partner and I. Surviving with just phone calls, video calls, and texts can never replace the immense joy of being together physically to enjoy each other’s presence.
When we finally achieved the milestone of no more LDR, we celebrated heartily and with love. Make sure you do too!
This list might vary with other couples out there because as mentioned, each relationship is different and everyone views milestones distinctively. Regardless, I’m truly happy for all your lovey-dovey milestones and wish you more to come in the future!