The 2010s are ending, and the Roaring 20s are only a couples days away.
I’m sure you’re sick of hearing “new decade this”, “new decade that”, but this is the first time I am old enough to appreciate a decade of change, a decade of growth and a decade of being (essentially) the same person I was ten years ago. I find it valuable to reflect and learn from the past but also to be thankful and proud of the strives made.
The black and white photo was taken October 2009. I was half way through my first semester at college — a community college. It was a typical path for my high school friends and me. And yet, I had a fire lit inside of me. I felt drive, confident and eager to learn. I was ready to reach my goals.
Quite the opposite feeling I felt during high school.
I can appreciate my high school memories now. At that time, high school was a pain! I somehow removed my “awkward suit” and brought back the enthusiasm, confidence (at least more than before), knowledge and courage to dream big and accomplish my goals.
It’s wild see all of the things I have learned, accomplished and lived through in this decade.
I’m not going to do a write down all the amazing things that have happened in the past decade. The two greatest things that have happened to me, other than finding love & family, are my educational, career and travel opportunities.
As a a first-generation American, I am proud yet surprised at completing so many of career and travel goals. My parents migrated to Chicago from Mexico years before I was born. I’m not sure how but I always believed I was going to reach my goals and become my “ideal self”. I didn’t see my future “ideal self” in my own neighborhood.
Nonetheless, I knew I would go to college, graduate, travel and have a career. Back then, this was not the norm! The people I knew were also immigrants or first-gen Americans. There were no specific paths to follow or strict expectations which was liberating.
Now as I sit back and reflect on the past ten years, I hope the next ten years are as impactful and simply amazing.