Yesterday I got the notice about an event that makes us all feel a little old. This November, I get to celebrate that 10 years ago, my life started. I'm getting ready for my 10 year high school reunion. Ten years ago, on a June afternoon in central Massachusetts, I made the first step in a transition from boy to man. In July of 2003, I was looking out at friends and family as I walked across that stage and became a high school graduate. That's when the changes started.
If you had told me then about about any of the things that have happened since that afternoon, I would have laughed. I was young and dumb, without a care in the world. I had no responsibilities, but the events of that day changed everything.
If you had told me that after spending 4 years living in San Diego in the Marine Corps, I would meet the girl I would make my wife, I wouldn't believe you. I wouldn't have believed you if you had said that just a few months later, we'd be living in Illinois, on our way Georgia to start again in the Army. I couldn't imagine that the twinge in my back would lead a chronic bad back and a medical discharge from the Army. Or that one of those nights would lead to our family of two becoming a family of four (then 5). Or that I would be sitting here, writing this blog...
In those 10 years, I've gone from a kid with no cares in the world, to a happily married, successful dad of 3 amazing kids. I've traveled the world, I've met some absolutely incredible people and done some incredible things. I've had amazing highs, and terrifying lows. But in all that time, I've grown and changed. Through all the ups and downs, life has fortunately brought me more positive moments than negative ones. I have great people around me, and a great life.
Ten more years will bring me from late 20s to late 30s. It will take my kids from single digits to early/mid teens. While there are many unknowns, I can't wait to experience them. I know that while I started my journey to adulthood relatively alone, the friends and family with me will help guide me through all of the next journeys.