My friend Catherine from On The Banks of the Rio Grande has tagged me for a twist of the regular “5 Random Things” meme. She wanted to discover what “5 Things I Never Pictured In My Future When I Was 25 Years Old.”
For those who don’t know, I am approaching 38 years old, so 25 is a somewhat foggy memory for me. We had just moved to Denver, we were engaged but not married, I was working as an art director at a publishing firm, slaving away on seriously inane magazines and hating every minute of it (although watching people shoot up heroine from the window of the incredibly poor locale was always interesting). We lived in a small apartment about 15 blocks from where we live now. We were fairly carefree, went out dancing a lot, sometimes looking for milk money in the folds of the couch, but generally enjoying that first taste of truly being on your own.
Fast forward to now, we have been happily married for nearly 12 years, we have a incredibly awesome 5 year old son, I am the co-owner of a thriving design business, and we own a snug little Tudor in the same general area we have always lived.
So what am I surprised about?
1. That I would own a design business. Although Bryan is not a co-owner, he works with us and it definitely feels like a family affair all around. People used to ask us why we didn’t start a business. The truth is, I was scared. But my business partner showed me it was possible, and here we are, 6 years later. Amazing!
2. That I would have diabetes. I was diagnosed during my pregnancy. And it didn’t go away afterwards. I am lucky that I am a mild Type II and that I have it under good control. And in many ways it was a blessing because I have taken much better control of my health since then. But to say that I wasn’t shocked that I got it so early in life would be a lie.
3. George Bush being elected President. Twice. My first major voting experience was for Clinton and I lived in happy, fluffy la-la land for eight years. I always imagined myself as kinda liberal, but Bush’s elections and the country’s reaction to 9/11 showed me how polarized we really are. It was sincerely shocking to me.
4. That I would be sharing my deepest thoughts on the internet. We actually bought our very first home Mac (the 6100 pizza box) right around 1995 – because, you know, computers are more important than rent – and I dabbled in chat rooms here and there but in general I didn’t plunge into massive web disclosure until I got pregnant and needed major amounts of advice from the ladies on Babycenter. And then I started this blog in 2005 and it’s slowly evolved into a wonderful place for me to be creative, express myself, and find friends. Pretty. damn. cool.
5. That I would have a child. This is probably the biggest surprise of all. I know it doesn’t seem like it, given how much I blather on and on about Declan – but Bryan and I really did not think we wanted children. At all. Around 2000, we started seeing our lives change, we stopped going out as much, we started nesting, I guess. We started thinking. Two years later, we decided to go for it. And the miracle of our lives was born.
How about you? What has surprised you since your 25-year old self (if you are an old fogie like me, that is)?
Post about it here or on your own blogs!