Reflections on a decade

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And just like that, it’s the end of 2019.

I wanted to take the time to reflect on what the ‘10s brought to my life, because I realized I did a lot in that time. I finished two degrees. I moved across the nation and traveled to three different countries. I became an aunt twice over within a couple months.

Ten years can bring a wave of change, both good and bad, to a life. As I’m closing out my 20s and getting ready to enter my 30s in the next couple years, I think this decade has been the first time I’ve had the maturity to look back and really understand just what that span of time means.

Coincidentally, I’ve also read a few books recently with the concept of repeated timelines. Although the books are very different, they both reflect on how people change over time.

In “The Seven 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle” by Stuart Turton, the main character lives the same day on repeat as different people hoping to solving a murder. Through twists and turns we learn more about the main character and why he is in this insane loop. In the end, he learns to forgive someone who wronged him because of the experience.

I just started “The Fifteen Lives of Harry August” by Claire North, which deals with a man who lives the same life on repeat, until someone passes a message along to him that the world is ending.

Change can be raw and unsettling, but without it we cannot grow. The 2010s brought me heartbreak, reunions, friends and a world of perspective. I went on grand adventures by packing up and moving to new places. I came home again and learned a new respect for my native Colorado.

I am incredibly grateful for the past decade. Everything that happened lead me to where I am now: a person who loves her career and where she is in life. Even the sad parts have dulled with time and helped guide me to the present.

I think I am most grateful for the newest additions to my life, a beautiful niece and nephew that I can watch grow and make their own decisions for their future.

There are big changes coming up in my life that will start in the 2020s. Although the ’10s had their ups and downs, I can’t help but look forward to this new phase of my life. I’m ready to set new goals and take steps forward into the future.

What are the things you are most grateful for this decade?

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