This was my third full decade. I think it was the best so far. There were still some challenges, of course, but they weren't as hard to handle as those before. No parents divorcing, no trying to figure out who I am, no wondering what will become of my life. This past decade I lived it.
Getting older has a lot of benefits. I am more comfortable with who I am. I know what I can do. While each new stage can cause me to pause and question my ability to go forward, I now have enough successes to look back on and draw strength from.
I may not be where I thought I would be when I was sixteen, in fact I think my sixteen year old self would be horrified to find out that I am currently a stay-at-home mom of two, but I am happier than I ever thought I could be.
There were some defining moments for me this past decade. Moving to Ottawa. Starting my career. Experiencing new places I had always longed to visit. All that was good. The best part of the last decade was creating my own family.
In 2000 the husband and I got married. Now we are parents to two wonderful, loving, amazing kids who manage to drive me crazy everyday but I wouldn't have it any other way.