Between 2000 and 2010, so many life-altering things happened in my life. And while 10 years seems like a really long time, as I put together more decades, I am ever more cognizant of how short those 10 years can be. In the past 10 years, I got married, became a homeowner, had 2 children--at the same time--, moved to the suburbs, and became a tenured professor in my job. Those are pretty big things, and of most of them, I am extraordinarily proud and extremely ecstatic. I can't believe that my life has gone in the direction it has; in 1997, I thought my life was over. I had given up the idea of the bucolic, serene life with a family and the white picket fence, but now I actually have that, and I am overjoyed at my good fortune.
Don't get me wrong; you all know how life with kids can be. It's hectic, messy--hell, I won't even think about buying a nice rug or furniture until sometime in the next decade. Oy, and if I think about the stress of keeping them safe, or making sure that they grow up learning how to be polite and generous, or making sure that their elementary school experience ensures they get into a good college, I'm as agitated as a a 16-year-old whose cell phone battery just went out while waiting in line for his license at the DMV.
But I think the next decade holds some magic for me too. I have things that I can't wait for and things that I certainly could live without, but I know are coming in the next 10 years.
In the next 10 years,
I will turn 50
My children will be teenagers
DG's range of motion will lessen with the RA
I will probably get a new dog (which means my beloved Jack will move on--he's already 13 for God's sake)
It will finally be time for new, adult, not hand-me-down furniture
The kids will stop wanting to hang out with me
My sister and I will grow closer
I might lose my mother and/or father
DG and I can have date night without having to hire a babysitter
My metabolism will slow even further and I will probably gain weight
I will go through menopause
I'll bet my style will change; I'll no longer try to get away with some curvy-girl version of skinny jeans
I'll be able to renovate the back yard, pool area, and actually want to spend time out there
DG and I might be able to take a vacation longer than 1 week
I'll probably go to Disneyland a hundred more times
One thing I hope happens is that I'll be more accepting of who I am as I grow older. I hope to no longer be as concerned about what people think of me as I've been in the past. I hope to grow in wisdom garnered from my vast life experience (insert sarcastic tone here) and be happy with life as it comes each day.
While balancing all the facets of my life, I am excited about the prospect of what the future holds. I hope to look back in another 10 years and write about all the good friends I made, wonderful experiences I had, food I tasted, places I visited. In the future, I'll still be spinning plates, and they'll still be holding steady.