10 years ago – at this time

What were you doing 10 years ago – at this time?

Bill Gates rightly said we overestimate what we can accomplish in a year but underestimate what we can accomplish in a decade. I don’t know about you but I know I didn’t even think all that much about an interesting future. I was just a 11th grader who was growing increasingly worried about my grades and getting into a good undergraduate program after long stretches of time spent away from school for extra curricular competitions.

People often refer to periods like school/university/graduate school as the best periods in their lives. I couldn’t disagree more with this thought. Yes, these times are special. But, I find thinking of them as the “best” periods feels so limiting since they go by in the first quarter of our lives. The beauty of life, as with any other thing, increases as we learn more about it. So, if we’re learning on this journey, it is almost certain that the best days are up ahead. The difficulties get more challenging and interesting, the good times get more fulfilling and our ability to appreciate it only goes up.

So, let’s take this moment to reflect on what we’ve accomplished in the last 10 years. If, like me, you’ve performed way above your own expectations, good for you. I’m sure it was a combination of luck and skill. If it didn’t, well, now is the best moment to change things so things look better when we ask this question 10 years later.

Here’s to more… or less (depending on what you like).

But, most importantly, here’s to better.