Towards a new decade

We humans always have this soft spot for specific numbers we find meaningful. Midnight, 00:00, marks the beginning of a new day, January 1st, 01/01, marks the beginning of a new year, and next year, 2020, marks the beginning of a new decade.

Have you ever wondered who invented all this? This brilliant way of standardizing time so we all know when to excuse ourselves and start fresh on a new day/year/decade?

So you overslept and missed school today, big deal. You can always try again tomorrow, so go back to sleep. So you botched all your goals and accomplished nothing in particular this year, big deal. There’s always next year, so why not give up trying and start fresh with next year’s goals and resolutions?

And now, as we are approaching the start of a new decade, can’t you just feel the excitement in the air? Look back and reflect on what you’ve done or achieved in the past 10 years. How do you feel? Don’t you feel excited that you can start fresh again the next decade? Just think of what you can achieve in the next 10 years!

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Chances are, if you give up today and use tomorrow as an excuse to start fresh, you will likely give up this year and use next year as an excuse to start fresh. But interestingly, when you look back at the past 10 years, you will probably be surprised by how much you’ve accomplished.

You might have graduated school, started working, got married, have kids, bought your own house, received a promotion, defeated a life-threatening disease, and so on. Because a decade is indeed a long time, and impressive as they may be, these are the things that will eventually happen to most people.

And regardless of how long a decade is, look what happened to the previous decade. Gone, just like that. When was 2010 and see how fast it flew by? Are you satisfied with your achievements to time taken ratio? It took you a decade and that’s all you managed? Why couldn’t you do it in 6 months instead?

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Now that you’ve looked back at the past 10 years, what do you think will, or can, happen in the next 10 years? Bear in mind that you might not last that long, are you going to keep doing what you’ve been doing, or are you going to try something different next decade?

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