On 25th May 2008, I had a conversation with a boy and from then on there hasn’t been a single day that I haven’t spoken to him in one form or another.
Five whole years.
And not once have we celebrated an anniversary.
We actually made the decision fairly early on in our relationship to not celebrate anniversaries and always said that the first anniversary we celebrate should be our first wedding anniversary. See, even right at the very beginning we knew we’d end up here.
Once, a long time ago, I wondered if we’d actually get married on our fifth dating anniversary because it falls on a Saturday. That would have been nice. I guess we could have done it, but I’m no Miss Lemur there was no way that I could have planned a wedding in 7 months.
So having never celebrated one before, we have decided that we’ll do something big every year. And by “big” we mean Europe.
We don’t see as much of Europe as we should do. We can get to Amsterdam, Berlin, Madrid, and Rome in less than four hours. So why don’t we go and visit these places often? Because life gets in the way and we don’t make it a priority.
But we should make it a priority. We only get one life and we should see as much of this beautiful little planet as we can—even if it’s just for the occasional weekend getaway. We need to experience new places and new cultures, and if we can do that whilst also celebrating our love? Well, that sounds just lovely, doesn’t it.
We’d like to spend the first few years going to places that aren’t easy to get to. Iceland, perhaps, to relax in the Blue Lagoon…
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We could go to Andorra or Latvia. Maybe Estonia or Slovenia. Those places a bit farther away that would be easy to get to whilst we’re young and child free.
Of course, when we eventually have children, we’ll either have to take the kiddos with us or leave them with my parents for a couple of days. So cities closer to home like Prague, Paris, and Brussels would be excellent options.
Prague / Image via Runaway Jane
Life shouldn’t get in the way of important experiences. Life should be those important experiences. And our anniversary might just be the excuse we need to make sure we get out there and see these places, even if just for a day or so.
September comes every year. It’s easy to put in the diary. Whatever life throws at us, we can have one weekend off, surely?
A weekend to remind us that this is what life is about. Being together and discovering new things—not taking the bins out and working overtime.
There are under 50 European countries that we can visit, and we could spend almost 50 years doing it if we go to just one each year on our anniversary. And I quite like the idea of being 75 and walking hand-in-hand with my love, discovering yet another place in this world.
Image via Bath Knight
That is what our life will be about.