Here's what I start with: Mean Girls was released & Friends ended ten years ago. And you may have heard, Facebook hit the double digits earlier this year. Yes, it's been a decade since "Facebook Me" became a thing.
10 years ago EVERYTHING in my life was different.
- I'd not even MET my husband, in fact we were both in long term committed relationships elsewhere.
- I smoked at least a half a pack of cigarettes a day.
- I used AOL messenger. Like every day. All day long.
- I don't think I even had a MySpace account yet!
- I had my gall bladder.
- I had only had one knee reconstructed at that point.
- I still wore high heels with regularity.
- I worked in the garment industry.
- I was actually still in my first job, in my first apartment in NYC. (2nd roommate though)
- I was still in my 20's - barely, but it counts.
This will sound hokey to some, but it's true & I'm about being honest. I literally invited positive energy into my life through learning to practice Reiki. That led me to be (finally) ready to try Bikram Yoga when an old friend invited me for the zillionth time. Through the combined practice of yoga & Reiki I shed pounds, from my body, yes, but also from my soul. I shed destructive relationships, which allowed me to be open to new relationships.
By the time we coupled up, months had passed & I felt like I was a different person from the one who'd first met him. And then suddenly there was no other path. It was as if all those changes had prepared me for this life with him. The last 5 years have been a whirlwind of love, babies, weddings, new beginnings, more new beginnings & yes, even some loss.
There's a part in my favorite song, Watershed, that goes "Well there's always retrospect to light a clearer path. Every five years or so I look back on my life and I have a good laugh... "
Ya know what? Decade long milestones are fine for all the movies, shows, social media & music that provide the backdrop to our lives. But Life moves far too quickly, and those real turning points in our lives fly by faster than we realize.
I'm alright with 40. Honestly I think I'm finally starting to come into my own.
Wonder what I'll think of that statement when I'm turning 45.
A clip of the Indigo Girls performing Watershed on The Tonight Show from 1991. Love Love Love