10 years. Seemingly gone at the drop of a hat.

My 10 year reunion is this year. 10 years. It feels like 5 minutes. Clear as day are memories of times when my biggest concerns were simple: how big of a cookie could I get mom to buy me at the Paynesville bakery, how much time would my brother and I have to snorkel at the lake, and how many more weeks did I have to drag my clubs to kids summer golf?

Now, my focus is set on paying off my mortgage, accelerating my career, saving for retirement and preventing wrinkles.  When did all this happen?

They say life is like a roll of toilet paper – the closer to the end you get, the faster it goes. From my experience, it’s true. I know, I know – people constantly proclaim that “time flies”. But really, when did it become late July? Did my younger brother really just turn 26 years old? And when did they start letting teenage-looking kids into local drinking establishments?

I digress. While I have the time, here is a reflection of some of the high points over the last 10 years…. In no particular order. Or maybe they are in order.  Whatever – here goes.

1.)    Traveled abroad to the Bahamas, Italy and Greece. It’s scary, nerve wracking and exhausting, but the memories are irreplaceable!

2.)    Ran a full marathon without dying.

3.)    Purchased a home, started a garden and adopted my very own dog.

4.)    Made it to Heinz Field for a game with my Pops. (Go Steelers!) Also traveled with him to see the Pacific Ocean for the first time.

5.)    Left a very decent job for a more challenging position with IRONCLAD Marketing. (ow.ly/n86jx )

6.)    Became an auntie of three and witnessed my brother in a parenting role.

7.)    Learned not only to love my freckles, muscular legs and “different” personality, but to embrace all three.

8.)    Climbed the Half Dome in Yosemite National Park without dying.

9.)     Saw some great performers in concert including Eric Clapton, Cheryl Crow, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, Maroon 5, Sugar Ray, Matchbox 20, Foo Fighters, Martin Sexton, Billy Joel & Elton John, Miranda Lambert and The Newsboys.

10.)  Was included in a Scheels commercial. (http://goo.gl/nu5fc)

11.) Biked 100 miles in one day for the MS Bike Ride. Then rode 75 miles the next day without dying.

Here’s to attempting to one-up myself in the next 10 years. Hopefully without dying.

I’ll close with a little excerpt on time: At every instant of every day, you are making a choice of how you spend your time. You have a very limited amount of time, making it extremely valuable. You can’t do everything you consider doing, or everything others demand of you. You establish your real priorities in life by your choices of how you allocate your time. Whenever you spend time on mindless activities, or meeting someone else’s demands (that don’t further your own life purpose), you have chosen your priorities — but have you chosen well? You have enough time for anything in the world, so long as it ranks high enough among your priorities. How effectively will you be spending your time today?

Shootin’ the Wit is a sporadic blog about everyday life that should never, ever be taken too seriously.

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