Marriage is a life-changing event (if it isn’t just a formalization of an existing arrangement). So is divorce (again, if it’s an actual change instead of a formalization).
Other than that?
Here’s a thought experiment. Comment if you feel inspired, but I’m not setting up a proper survey:
Take the following possible events in your own life (degrees of “possible” left open):
A. You publish a book
B. You’re nominated for and accepted to Who’s Who in America
C. You receive a Macarthur Award
D. You’re invited to keynote a major library conference (define “major” as you choose)
E. You receive a major ALA or ALA Divisional award (one that includes a four-digit cash honorarium)
F. You receive an honorary doctorate
G. You win Super Lotto, MegaMillions, or some other prize yielding at least $5 million over your lifetime
Would you consider each of those life-changing? If so, how and how much so? For example:
1. Worth blogging about, but not much more.
2. I wouldn’t tell a soul…at least not for a while.
3. Worth taking some time off to think about how it changes things.
4. Worth a celebratory dinner with my [spouse/closest friend/significant other]
5. Worth a big party for everyone I know
6. I’d certainly note it at my place of work, and hope they’d publicize it
I’m not suggesting answers. There are no “correct” answers here, I don’t believe.
You might be able to put together a sort of personality matrix based on the set of responses to those possibilities, although I think you’d need more responses (and more possibilities).
For now, it’s just an idle entry. (No, none of those has happened to me recently. This isn’t a post about me or my life, as it happens.)