The End of a DecadeWhat are we supposed to call this decade anyway? I've been calling it "this decade" all decade long, and I'm sure that's not going to work for that long. Any ideas? The aughts? The o's? The zeroes? I guess someone will come up with something soon.
Anyway, the decade is over, and so is the 3rd decade of my life (it ended back in May). I'm kind of sad to admit that I'm a full fledged adult these days, but I am. The good news is that I've got a lot to show for it. In honor of that, here are some of my own personal highlights of the first decade of the 21st century (yeah, that's a bit wordy):
- I started the decade studying abroad in Argentina. One of the best adventures of my life.
- Next up, graduating college. I'm not a huge fan of school. I think I made it through because I knew I had to. Either way, I did it and did pretty well at it.
- I got a job and launched a career...in the travel industry. How fun is that?
- I bought my first car (at least the first car I didn't have to share with my brother).
- I came out to my friends and family. It was rough, but I made it, and I'm a better person for it, regardless of what some people might think.
- I met a great group of friends. It's kind of weird, but it's just recently that I'm really feeling live I've found a good stable group of friends that I connect with.
- Two many of these sentences start with I, so here's a we: J and I bought a house together! One of my goals after college was to buy a house of my own, and at 25 I did that.
- I started this blog. Tah dah! And sometime before that, I developed an interest in gay and ex-gay issues and politics. It was always there--all I did was delve into it more.
- J and I got married. Woah! If I had to pick 1 thing that was the highlight of the decade, that would be it. Truly amazing.
- Work continued to go well, and I got 2 large promotions along the way. And even more recently, I discovered that I really like my job. It's less and less just something I do to make money. That's a good thing.
- I did a lot of traveling and visited a ton of places for the first time, in the US and abroad.
So, there's the list. It's more of the first things I can think of off of the top of my head, but if I think of more I'll add them. This has definitely been the decade that I've finally made a life of my own. Still, it feels really weird to grow up. Here's to the next decade...the tens, or the teens, or whatever we decide to call them!