Well, the odometer has rolled again, and we find ourselves in a not only a new year, but a whole new decade. These times have become important milestones for me, a time of reflection as well as excitement.
When 1979 turned to 1980, I had just read Tom Sawyer for the first time, and I recognized that my time of childhood was coming to a close. I remember looking at myself in the mirror and wondering about the changes the new decade would bring.
And what a ride that was! By the time 1989 turned to 1990, I had completed my time in both high school and the Army, and I was in California, losing a girl, and looking forward to an unknown future in Arizona.
And what a ride that was! By the time 1999 turned to 2000, Arizona had long been my home, I had run and dissolved two corporations, my hotel career had come and gone, and I had become a motorcycle-riding, hamster-owning, budding computer whiz. Everyone was wondering what the new millenium would bring, but in the front of my mind was the question of what I’d find in the new decade.
And what a ride that was! Now, as 2009 turns to 2010, I find myself looking back another amazing decade. My computer career has waxed and waned, I’m looking back on nearly ten years of happiness with the girl who became my wife in 2006, and I finally seem to have the pieces in place for a novel-writing career of unknown size and dimension.
Given my past experience, I think that I can safely say that, no matter what my plans are, I can expect to find myself ten years from now someplace completely unexpected, looking back on an amazing decade, and saying: “Wow! What a ride that was!”