Another decade almost gone, and in it I went from a child to a mom. It’s crazy to me, thinking back to where I was in at the beginning of this decade compared to today. I was a high school student, an unruly teenager. I enjoyed the occasional cigarette (mentholated) with friends in the woods near my house or hiding outside of school. I wrote angsty teenage poetry about suicide and boyfriend drama. I went for long walks in the middle of the night, even in the rain. I read books and watched TV and talked on the phone. I painted my nails and fiddled with my hairstyles. I skipped school and got into fights. I lived off of junk food and soda and the occasional illegally obtained alcoholic beverage.
Okay, so maybe some of that hasn’t changed…but quite a bit of it has. I’ve become more retrospective and introspective. I’ve learned some better coping skills. I’ve obtained a college education, conceived five children, birthed two. I’ve learned what it’s like to put in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s wage. I’ve learned how to budget and how to waste. I’ve published my written word. I’ve gained and lost the faces of a thousand friends (that’s a line from one of my published poems).
Life has gone on and I’ve grown and changed. Who knows what the next decade will bring?
2 Pac–I drank a 5th for that ass when you passed cause life goes on.