17 August 2007

Time Flies

I was hit by a startling realization the other day. I could be overly dramatic here and say it stopped me dead in my tracks, took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes, but that would be silly. (Although true.)

It was this weekend 10 years ago that I moved out of my parents' house and into my first apartment in BG. 10 years. 3,650 days that I've been on my own.

Even in the best situations, I like reminiscing a bit too much, so imagine what I've been like since I realized this anniversary was upon me. I've spent a lot of time thinking about two things in particular: how different my life is now than what I thought it would be 10 years ago and what I wish I knew 10 years ago that I know now.

I don't want to get too nostalgic in one post, so I'm going to break my ramblings up. First, where I thought I'd be now:
  • Living back home. Not in my parents' house, but I always thought I'd move back to that neck of the woods after college. My dad had this crazy dream to break up our land into three lots - one for my parents, one for me and one for my brother. Now, when I go home, I sometimes stand on the spot my house was going to be built.
  • Working at the hometown paper. I was offered a job there, but made my mom turn it down for me. Yup. I was never home when the editor called and I never wanted to called him back. Finally, I asked my mom to just tell him I wasn't interested anymore the next time he called. I was a very professional college senior.
  • Married to someone from home. No one in particular, but I never expected to meet my husband at college. Now, I couldn't be happier that I did.
  • Raising kids. At the time I never really wanted kids, but I always thought I'd have 3.
While my life didn't take a drastic turn from these plans, I never expected to be living in T-town (a BIG city); I didn't even know that jobs like mine existed (stupid high school guidance counselor); and my dream guy (cowboy boot-wearing country boys) wasn't my dream guy after all.

Like they say, everything happens for a reason.

1 comment:

Two/Dos Pretzels said...

What a great post.

Isn't it amazing how life turns out? I would have never thought I'd be living in Mexico...