As the 2000′s come to a close, I got to thinking about how my life has changed since the decade began. I don’t normally think at such a macro kind of level about that stuff, or I guess there normally isn’t much time to stop and smell the last ten years’ worth of roses. In fact, ten years ago I was still in college and probably didn’t give it much thought at least in terms of accomplishments.
So where was the world? Ten years ago society was consumed with the Y2K computer bug, which many people seemed to think would be the catalyst for the end of the world…planes would be grounded or fall from the sky, ATMs would spew money into the streets and power grids would shut down. Companies spent millions of dollars safeguarding data, creating and testing disaster recovery plans and ensuring their continuity should all of mankind fall into chaos. Yet nothing happened. 12:00:01 a.m came and went, the sun rose in the east and the world kept spinning on its axis. Sorry to disappoint.
Anyway, back to what the past ten years has brought me. Life has been busy.
- Lived in another city for 3 months, knowing one person when I moved there (Dallas).
- First love gained.
- First love lost.
- Finished my undergrad degree and graduated.
- First job.
- Second job.
- Started MBA part-time.
- Bought first condo.
- Third job (with travel to the west coast).
- Fourth job.
- Sold first condo and bought second one, in Chicago.
- Finished MBA part-time.
- Got into triathlons.
I’m sure I am forgetting things, but once I got to thinking about the major life changes I’ve had in the last ten years, I was a bit surprised. There were more big ticket items on the list than I would’ve initially guessed. The last item on there, triathlons, brings me to where I am now (along with the prior ones such as 4th job, where I still work, living in Chicago and done with MBA). Next post will be thoughts on my goals for 2010 and general thoughts on the next ten years (which of course will be irrelevant and outdated within a year, I’m sure). Did you have a similarly busy experience in the ‘aughts?’