What’s changed for you in 10 years?
We have an unofficial little book club going here at FCPR. Right now, we’re all reading “What Alice Forgot,” by Liane Moriarty. The story is about a woman who develops amnesia after an accident and still thinks she’s 29, in a blissfully happy marriage and pregnant with her first child. In reality, she’s 39, has three children and is in the midst of a harrowing divorce. She’s also become quite an unlikable character. She spends her time trying to figure out where things went downhill and how to reclaim her memories.
Kim and I have had some great conversations this week after reading the book. Mainly about how much people can change over a 10 year span (and not always in a bad way).
I mean, think about where you were 10 years ago. What were you doing? Where were you living? What were your goals in life back then?
And then flash to where you are now. How have your goals changed? Have you done what you wanted in those 10 years? And most importantly, are you happy?
Luckily, I loved where I was 10 years ago (young, single, living in Atlanta, working for some incredible PR firms, meeting people I still consider best friends, one of which turned out to be my husband). Sept. 11, 2001 hadn’t happened yet. Life still seemed relatively carefree (I think my most important decisions surrounded around what I was going to wear out on a Friday night!).
Here I am — 10 years, two kids, one husband, and one co-owned business later — and think, wow, I’m the luckiest girl in the whole world. You couldn’t have told me 10 years ago I would’ve ended up where I am now. Back then, I never would’ve dreamed of owning a business, and yet now I find it’s one of the most fascinating and fun things I’ve done so far. Back then, I didn’t know who I was going to marry or what my kids would be like, and now, watching my kids turn out to be really cool, smart people is one my my crowning achievements.
Would I change some things along the way? Sure, but not much. I’m proud of the the path I’ve taken to get me where I am now — and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my husband, family, friends, mentors and a whole slew of other people who are part of my village. Who knows what the next 10 years will bring? I look forward to the journey.
What about you? When you take a moment and reflect back on 10-years-younger you — do you like who you see? Are you proud of where you are now? What’s changed for the better in your life? Come join our book club discussion….