When I first started thinking about the decade coming to an end. My first thought was that it had been a quiet decade for me, with very little happening, and few changes to my life. But as I flipped through my diaries and online calendars, I realised that the decade was actually quite eventful. It was a decade of resettling and new beginnings but also lots of fun times. The previous decade had been quite tumultuous with the sudden break down of my 33 year marriage and my decision to move to a new city where I knew nobody. There have been many memories made in the past decade, which I never would have expected at the start of the decade. I find myself at the end of the decade in a really good place, living a life of happiness and peace. What more could anyone ask for?
- Participated in Michelle Bridges first 12WBT program, becoming an ambassador to this program for three years.
- Walked 100k from Flinders Street Station, Melbourne to Sorrento in 24 hours. This was not an organised walk, just two friends walking 100k for no other reason than they could.
- Built a new house in Bendigo, where I was starting to feel very settled.
- Started a new relationship with my partner.
- Bought a cafe. I knew nothing about running a cafe, or even working in a cafe. It was a huge learning experience but one that I loved.
- Walked over 1000k in six weeks on the Camino de Santiago in Spain, to celebrate turning 60.
- My father passed away, while I was in Spain.
- Sold the cafe and retired, which didn’t last long. It seems that I wasn’t ready for retirement.
- Very memorable holiday in the United States, during which I attended the world’s largest genealogical conference ROOTSTECH in Salt Lake City.
- My 16 year old poodle passed away while I was in the US.
- Participated in Coastrek. Our team of four was amazing and lots of fun was had on the day and during training sessions leading up to the event.
- Elected President of local community group Axedale Our Town Our Future.
- Bought our off the grid property, where we are developing a sustainable lifestyle.
- Unexpectedly offered a job, in a completely different industry at age 63. I’m still employed in that job.
- Appointed to the Positive Ageing Advisory Council by City of Greater Bendigo.
- Many fun nights out, weekends, and holidays with friends, both online friends and ‘in real life’ friends.
- Participated in many fun runs, cycling events and official long distance walking events
Looking back, has made me realise, my experience of the past decade was perfect. I feel an edge of excitement as we head into the new year and the new decade, for what may be to come. I do wonder what is on the horizon that I don’t even know about yet.
How was this decade for you? What was your highlight? I’d love to hear about it and really appreciate it when you join in the conversation. I promise to reply to all comments.
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