Let's pull back the dark a lil bit. Where were you at the start of the decade? Where did you think you would be today? Also, lets throw in your favorite picture from this decade if you're able to. No specific format needed for any of this. Also, damn, just missed my 7 year Hubskiversary. Guess that was yesterday, crazy.
This time in 2010 I was in my first quarter of college, at the time it was a quarterly system that would become a semester system. Take 1 of Chemical Engineering BSc at a reputed college, taking the general electives and doing all the awkward into to college things one does at 19 years old. It was definitely a volatile, rather unpleasant time. I can't say I enjoyed my freshman year very much but sophomore and junior...I guess junior? It was a 5 year degree were good years. Looking at it I had no idea what I wanted to do with this degree or if it was something I even wanted to continue with, but liked the challenge and was probably too stubborn. Ten years later, it's worked out in a lot of ways and I feel fortunate for the experience.
Honestly the three best decisions, and three totally unplanned decisions as of the first half of the decade, were:
1. Moving from the Northeast to The PNW. People are not joking about the differences in lifestyles between the coast and I value the opportunity to have spent significant time on both coasts. Who I live as here is completely different and a lot of that is because of the environment that is The PNW, which is a place I had never so much as visited until late 2014.
2. Running but you all already know about that.
3. Going vegetarian! Another thing that didn’t happen until it happened but which I think will end up being a lifelong journey.
Yeah that was a total trainwreck in 2010. What do you mean a 19 year old entering college has no idea how to process emotions and have a degree of having-your-shit-together emotional stability? What are emotions, anyway, man? Definitely have gone a long way in this decade to formulating a person of substance out of many hobby changes and having a host of what I think are interesting experiences. From college radio to studying in France and thinking that arts/culture would be a lifelong hobby (it still is, but to a lesser degree) to more recently "finding" distance running and mountaineering, it's been varied and a lot of people have been involved in that process. If you asked me in 2010 that I would have ran a 50k or summit Mount Rainier unguided I'd have called you crazy or asked you what any of that actually meant. Numerous relationships, platonic, monogamous, and even a foray into non-monogamy have been what I feel is foundational to my next decade and has opened up my mind and in some cases my heart to potentials.
There's some recency bias here but taking an alpine climbing class has been a gamechanger for me as a person - I was trying to find a photo from my first 50k last year but this will do.