Reflections on a Decade

So I've known for weeks that 2009 was coming to an end, but I only realized a couple of days ago that so is an entire decade. It still feels weird to have gotten to an age at which I can even remember something that happened 10 years ago. I do, though. I pretty clearly remember the whole freakout surrounding Y2K. We had a whole freezer in our basement full of bottled water and canned vegetables.

Since I can remember the whole decade, I might as well, right? So here is my decade in review: the Oties according to Kate.



Loved: borrowing friends' Backstreet Boys' Millenium CDs to listen to on my discman, Crazy Bones, Pokémon Moments: graduating from elementary school, my cousin Courtney's wedding, starting middle school Thought that: jean jackets went with everything



Loved: that George W. Bush ousted Bill Clinton, The Princess DiariesMoments: September 11 Mmm, that's all I remember.



Loved: Harry Potter books, track and volleyball, Aeropostale Moments: Getting braces, my cousin Kyle's wedding Thought that: John Mayer was overrated Hated: science class



Loved: Clay Aiken/American Idol, track, A Walk to Remember, running with my dad Moments: Getting braces off and ears pierced, graduating from middle school, switching to the local public school (where they gave all the students iBooks), finding out the whole fam was moving to who's ever heard of Kentucky, getting my own iBook, seeing Clay Aiken live Thought that: Clay and I were destined to be together



Moments: surprise going-away party, moving to Kentucky, realizing I liked Kentucky better (thank you), running cross-country, getting hurt, seeing Clay Aiken live again...and again Loved: Kentucky and all it entailed, running, my iBook, CIY, IchthusHated: Honors chem as a freshman (Good one, Pennsylvania!), Napoleon DynamiteThought that: 4-6 weeks meant 4-6 weeks



Loved: that George W. Bush stayed president, MySpace, YouTube, Spanish class, CIY, doing stats for the cross country team Moments: physical therapy, being in a wheelchair, turning 16 (in said wheelchair), getting my driver's permit, my cousin Brady's wedding Thought that:trucker hats were genuinely kind of cute



Moments: getting my driver's license, more physical therapy, prom (dress, hair, date, DRAMA), starting senior year, trip to Betsy's houseboat, WCHS cross country at state Loved: MySpace, Facebook, cell phones, CIY



Loved: Spring break, senior trip, doing class publicity, new Asbury friends, The OfficeMoments: deciding to go to Asbury, prom again (dress, hair, date, DRAMA again), graduating (got to walk first out of a class of 260-ish because of my last name!), seeing Harry Potter at midnight, tearing up at the end of the last Harry Potterbook, working at the Stewart Home, starting college Hated: the ACT, skinny jeans, AP calc



Loved:David Archuleta, Twilight, the mall Moments: becoming an Asbury Ambassador, trip to Western, visiting MC and Lola's houses, freshman formal, working at SHS again, meeting David Archuleta with Becki, going to the UGA vs. UK game, trip to SCAD with Jack and my mom, traveling to see Duke no avail Hated: the caf


Loved: my jobs (daycare, admissions, PR), Kris Allen, blogging, Gilmore Girls, small group, babies, graphic design class, GleeMoments: new physical therapists, trip to Eastern, getting to introduce Jack in chapel, another houseboat trip, visiting Tay's and Jenelle's houses, homecoming, another new physical therapist, meeting Needtobreathe with LindsHated: studying


So there it is, my decade in review. I'm sure I'm forgetting things, but I suppose that's what I get for trying to sum up 10 years in one sitting. It's been a good decade for sure–one punctuated by a move, an injury, an obsession with American Idol, graduation and school transitions, and relationships with my friends and family.

I can only hope that the next decade will be as good. Will it bring healing? A college degree (or two)? A husband and babies? More time with my lovely friends and fam?

Here's to hoping!