How Long is a Decade?
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.
– Earl Nightingale
I was listening to a lecture this week and in it the question was posed: ‘How long is a decade?’
In my typical fashion I jumped to an immediate conclusion (answer: not that long) then I thought about it (the opposite to most peoples’ decision making process, think first, decide after thinking).
So once I’d thought, I decided, it’s quite a long time!
In the last decade of my life I have:
- Moved to Sweden to study and travel around Europe,
- Travelled solo for the first time,
- Fallen in love,
- Spent Valentines’ Day in Poland with an old friend, freezing and walking very fast around the city to try and avoid frostbite,
- Gone dog sledding with my best friend above the Arctic Circle,
- Learned a lot about relationships from having a really bad one that my mum saved me from (by lending me the money to go to Sweden to study),
- Got my first grad job in one of the big four. Hated it. Stuck with it for 15 loooong months,
- During said terrible job, managed to both top the company nationally on one of the CA exams, and fail one. Even at the time that made me laugh,
- Packed up my life and moved to London to sleep on friends’ floors and hope for quick employment,
- Achieved desired quick employment, then very quickly found alternative employment,
- Then got the first job I’ve ever really liked, and the only job I’ve made really good friends at,
- Cycled from Reims to Paris to raise money for charity, met my husband on fundraising for the trip and we had our first kiss under the Eiffel Tower (oh the romance! You couldn’t make that up!!),
- Travelled to almost 50 countries,
- Spent a year travelling the world as husbandito and I moved from London to Sydney,
- Got engaged in Richmond Park, London wearing a reflector vest,
- Got married in Watsons Bay, Sydney, overlooking the harbour and city skyline,
- Got pregnant,
- By the time you read this, will probably no longer be pregnant!
- Bought a flat,
- Forged a career that I didn’t love, took a leap and left it for a completely different employ,
- Qualified as a holistic health coach,
- Bought a horse,
- Became an aunt,
- Lived in Sydney, Sweden, London and Sydney again,
- And do many more adventures and misadventures!
The time will pass, but it’s what you do with the time that’s important.
Me right now?
I’m about to have a child, and try to work out how to keep life fun (I KNOW it’ll be an adventure of some sort!).
I’m building The Everyday Adventure to help other people have an amazing decade, and shape a life that’s worth living.
I’m planning some travel, and how to fit it in with life with a child.
I’m reading and learning as much as I can.
I’m helping clients eat for energy to live a fuller life.
I’m helping clients live a life that’s worth living, that fills them with excitement and joy!
What are you doing to shape your next decade?
As the wise Earl says, don’t give up on your dreams because of the length of time they will take to achieve. Make your dreams a reality by working on them every day so when you look back in another decade you’ve lived a life you chose, and shaped, and loved…
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