Yesterday I turned 31 and it was a glorious day! As I was driving to work this morning, I sat and thought about the last decade (stuck in traffic while deep thinking) and realized how amazing the last 10 years had been. 21 is supposed to be a defining age for young americans in college, and it was for me, but not because I partied until the sun came up every night. 10 years ago I had just been back from a study abroad to Hungary, Prague, and Vienna. I had spent the summer taking in Europe and learning how small my world was in compared to the globalization of what was to come. Ironically a decade later I will tonight start a class with the same professor that taught me about globalization in 2002.
The last ten years have gone by in a blur. I've graduated college twice, started my doctorate, moved from TX to MD, from MD to PA, from PA to MD, from MD to NE, from NE to TN, and TN back to TX. I've had 3 relationships that changed my world and ended up falling madly in love with the last one whom I'm married! I've worked at four different colleges and started a career that has ever been growing. I've gained weight and lost weight and gained more weight. I got diabeties and then I've had weight loss surgery and got rid of my diabetes! I've done alot in the last decade and this is a snidbit of the blink of an eye. My 30's have been better to me than my 20's so far and I believe it can only get better! So 31 look out here I come.