Where Did the Decade Go?

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Where did the year go?
Where did the DECADE go?
What exactly were my resolutions for the year 2000? …or even 2009?

Honestly, I don’t remember the resolutions I made for for the new millennium
But I can count all the changes in my life,
changes that I couldn’t have predicted,
planned or prevented from happening.
Life unfolded whether I kept my annual promises to myself or not!

Everyone knows the New Year’s resolutions that are so hard to keep:
I will lose weight, quit a bad habit, join a gym and work out 3 times a week…blah, blah, blah…
But whether you stick to your resolutions
or give up after a few weeks,
accomplish your goals or forget them in a year,
one thing is certainly true:
2011 will be here before you know it!

In the past decade, I have both gained, and lost, friends and members of my family. The adorable nieces & nephews, toddlers in 2000, have changed into teenagers, and will be finished with college by the time the next decade changes. My teenage kids who drove me so crazy that I wished they would grow up faster? Now it feels like a special occasion when they come home… And the precious grandparents, will we still have them when another 10 years goes by?

At the start of this new decade, I am stunned at the speed at which time passes and life changes.
So my simple resolution is:
Pay more attention to today!
Whatever happens, good or bad, 2010 will seem to have passed in a blink by 2020!

If I pay attention to today,
when I look in the mirror I’ll smile and remember that
this is as young as I’ll ever be

If I pay attention to today,
I will keep in touch with my loved ones,
because every one of them will grow and change,
and some may even be gone, before this new decade is through.

If I pay attention to today,
I will worry less what people think of my clothes or my hair or my less-than-model figure.
And get up and dance! Or go swimming in a bikini! Or wear red instead of gray!
Or do any and all of those things I keep putting off until later…

Guaranteed that I won’t remember what I didn’t do in 2010,
but I will remember what I did!

Happy New Year and Happy New Decade!
What are your resolutions?
and what would you like to remember about 2010 this time next year?

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16 comments to Where Did the Decade Go?

  • GREAT! and you’re so right!! I’ve already lost my time with my grandparents….and my Dad’s life is coming to a close, too….take each day to the fullest….it goes by so fast!!

  • Yes – where did it go?? With 2 little kiddos I remind myself every day how much faster the time will go now!

  • Life with Kaishon

    I loved every word of this post. Thank you. Thank you so much for being such a wonderful inspiration! I always love visiting!

  • Shirley

    Happy new year! You're resolution is a great one, and one that more people should make!

  • Melissa B.

    Happy 2010…SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did!

    Morning Has Broken

  • Queenie Jeannie

    So great to *meet* you!!!

    Happy New Year and thank you for visiting me on my special SITS Day!

  • Ma What's 4 dinner

    Can't believe how fast it goes! I love your site! I'm coming back here soon for sure. I hope you have a fabulous next decade girl!

    Stopping by from SITS. Happy New Year!

    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

  • Kerri

    Here's another plus-size blogger, Priscilla!
    Elizabeth, LOVE this post. Ever since I ahve been sick I try so hard to not take things for granted, but eventually I do. What a brilliant reminder to live life one day at a time!
    Stopping by from SITS

  • Priscilla

    Hey, in from SITS. And omg, finally a blogger who isn't a size 2! I can finally truly relate to someone.

    :) You're going to be added to my blog roll hun!

  • Sleepydumpling

    What a saucy wench you have made there. Very cute!

    I don't make resolutions, because it sets me up for failure. Instead, I approach the new year with a positive outlook, and focus on the things I want to work towards. It's a lot healthier for me to approach it that way.

    Wishing everyone an abundant, joyful, prosperous 2010!

  • gayle

    For some reason that brought tears to my eyes… I need to stay in touch with my friends and family more but when I don't know …where does time go

  • Elizabeth Patch

    SITS is a group of women bloggers who visit and comment on each others' sites. I have a link to them in the sidebar of this blog.

  • Coreopsis

    I don't usually make New Year's resolutions, but I really really like yours, so I think I am going to adopt them–to REALLY pay attention NOW, and to keep in touch with the people I love. Otherwise, it's just the same resolutions I always have–to draw and play music and really listen to people.

    Thanks for your wonderful post!

    (What's SITS?)

  • Eva Gallant

    I always love your posts. And I reread your book at least once a week! You inspire and I admire!


    love your simple resolutions,I am still trying to figure mine out.
    dropping by from SITS!

  • Shell

    Stopping in from SITS.

    What a fabulous resolution! Time really is flying.

    I am banning the use of ponytails for myself, unless I happen to be in the house or on my way to the gym. Otherwise, I actually have to fix my hair. We'll see how that goes.