The significance of “lasts”

We said May is a season of celebration.

It’s also a season of “lasts”. 

The ending to important things. 

Seasons are designed to have a beginning and an end. At least it’s supposed to be that way. 

(Maybe my chocolate pick-me up snacks should have an ending, too?)

Here’s what’s also true about seasons:

-You’re sad to see them go 

-You’re relieved to get closure

-You feel like you’re missing out

-You can’t wait to move on

-You wish you didn’t have to

Talk about disorienting. No wonder I feel like this 😵‍💫 right now. 

No matter how amazing the next beginning is, leaving things behind can feel incredibly hard. 

People everywhere are celebrating lasts:

  • School years
  • Lower school
  • Middle school
  • High school
  • College 
  • Masters
  • Being single
  • Being married
  • Moving out 
  • Sports teams and the sweet families that go with them 
  • Friendships 
  • Making this list, I noticed it covers the gamut of events. While I have peers who are graduating their amazing kids from masters programs, I’m still in the early stages of middle school. 

Maybe that’s why I’m getting the gravity of milestones in a new way. Or maybe I’m just noticing them for the first time.

When I think about what matters about “lasts”, two important things come up:

1. Celebrating the end of a season is critical.

  • It provides a sense of accomplishment
  • We build relationships when we celebrate
  • This boosts positivity, morale and motivation
  • Celebrating promotes gratitude for what’s GOOD
  • The experience enhances overall well being

If we’re willing and patient (my biggest challenge), we can learn so much from what was hard and great in closing a chapter.


2. We get to look forward to what’s next. 

  • It’s a fresh start
  • We decide how we want to set the tone (we call this having agency)
  • New beginnings are full of inspiration and dopamine
  • We get new learnings
  • Beginnings give us momentum

In other words, there is A LOT to look forward to. 

I really hope you’re sitting in the moments of your “lasts”. I don’t “sit” very well, but I’m working on this, too. You all inspire me!

After you do that, I hope you’ll focus on what matters about your next thing. 

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