End Of The 10s

Today is the last day of the 2010s decade. It seems that it was only yesterday that we were ringing in 2000 and now here we are on the eve of 2020. I certainly believe the statement that I heard someone say that time seems to pass more quickly the older you get.

Most of you will probably see news reports about the top things that happened over the last decade. Like you, I am reflecting on the past 10 years of my own life. Where were you 10 years ago?

For me, I was in Macon, Georgia. There were a lot of changes in my life that year. Absolutely for the better. If you had told me that I would be in Nashville, Tennessee in 10 years I probably wouldn’t have believed you. Yet, here I am.

In the past 10 years, I have journeyed with my wife from Macon to Tampa, Florida to Nashville, Tennessee. These have been some of the best 10 years of my life. The hardest part was probably the two years we were stuck in Tampa. Actually we were living in a town south of Tampa called Ruskin. It was awful. Somehow we ended up with purchasing a house there. One month into the house and the new job we both wanted to leave. It wasn’t a good fit for us and it took two years for an opportunity for us to leave.

The happiest part of the past decade was marrying my wife in 2011. We both got a chance for a brand new chapter in our lives.

I think the most exciting time for us was just last year when we traveled through Europe. It was the trip of a lifetime as we visited Germany, England, Italy and Switzerland. It was amazing and memories we will never forget. We would love to do it again and maybe sometime in the 2020s we will get to travel there again.

When I look ahead at the next 10 years I wonder where we will be then. My wife and I have moved around a lot in our lifetime so the chances are that we won’t be where we are now. It is both scary and exciting to think that we could be someplace we haven’t even thought of today on the last day of 2019. We didn’t think we would be here either so we will just take it one day at a time and see where it leads us. I have often had the feeling that Nashville isn’t our final home but I really don’t know where else I want to be in 10 years. A decade ago we thought Florida was going to be it for us. We discovered that it wasn’t.

Their are also some major life changes coming as I will be eligible to retire in May. I’m not sure when I will be able to retire but reaching that milestone will open other possibilities for me. In 10 years I will be 65 so I am pretty sure I will be in some form of retirement by then. Again, looking at the next 10 years is both scary and exciting. I am looking forward to seeing what I will be doing next. My wife and I have talked about starting our own business – either related to something vegan or a charity. The vision hasn’t really become clear on that yet but I am hoping it will in this decade. Although I have enjoyed success and stability of my current job, I am ready to do something else.

My Bible verse of the day comes from Ecclesiastes 3:11 which says: “He has made everything beautiful in its time…”. How fitting to read that today. We can’t live our lives in 10-year increments, we can only live it one day at a time and everything will become beautiful in its time. So whatever happens, I am confident things will happen the way it is supposed to happen as it has the past 10 years. I am happy with the way things turned out over the past decade and look forward to taking the first step into the next.

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