Why have milestones been on my mind? Because my mother turned 100 on February 7, 2017.

Happy 100th birthday, Marcia Rooks!

Do you remember when you could boast you were four and a HALF?  You weren’t quite five, but you were way older than just four, right?

For Jewish kids, 13 is a tremendous milestone, as it's the age Jewish children become adults (a Bar Mitzvah for a boy and a Bat Mitzvah for a girl) in the eyes of the religious community.

Many Latin cultures celebrate a girl's 15th birthday with a Quinceañera, which marks a girl’s transition from childhood to womanhood.

In the U.S., 16 is a major milestone for many, as it's the age most states allow teens to get a driver's license. At 18, many can legally drink and some can vote; at 21 everyone can legally vote.

What's funny is how much we -- as kids -- long for those milestones! We can't wait to turn 10, 13, 16, 18 -- or 21! Do you remember those days?

Then reality hits. We realize that 30 -- the first big milestone we might not be looking forward to – is coming fast. Oh boy. How can we possibly be 30? Weren’t we just 16 last month?

All of those milestones made us who we are today. Each set us on a path we couldn't have seen clearly then, even if we had mapped it out, debated the pros and cons of action plans, or created a timeline of dates for accomplishments.

But here we are, and with luck, we will celebrate many more milestones in the coming years.

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