What do we call this?

As a tradition, I always reflect on the year to past.

  • Losses
  • Gains
  • Struggles
  • Accomplishments

This year I was brought back to an old memory. I remembered a conversation between my grandfather and me. I was showing him a catalog of prizes I could win depending on how much candy I sold. There was a set of mugs with the decades on them. I was about 8 years old or so, so early 90s. My grandfather noticed that one mug had ’00. So he jokingly ask, “What do we call this?” I didn’t understand him. He pointed out how we have had the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and so on. So what do we call 2000? I was stumped and we both just looked at each other and laughed. At that time, the year 2000 seemed so far away. I imagined myself in college studying fashion, being sophisticated and living a fun and awesome life. In reality, I was in an awkward stage with bad fashion choices, overseas in the U.S. Navy and trying to figure out myself, life and my road to college.

Now I can see more than 15 years pass and so many more years up ahead. I can look back and see all I set out to accomplish, where it took me, how I changed direction more than once. The person I’ve grown to be that is more real, compassionate, aware and still growing. Life has not been anything I imagined all those years ago but instead it has been so much more.

Yet, the question still lingers, “What do we call this?”

Well, I am not embarrassed to admit I still do not know. What I do know is we are now in the year 2016. The world is nothing I imagined it would be nor what I am used to. I do know that I was given precious tools at a young age that continue to come to my aid when, I least expect it. I cherish and honor it while continuing to walk my own path in this era. I do not know what lies ahead but I am hopeful, grateful and expectant.

So what do you call this?

Originally published at angelinamonell.wordpress.com on January 26, 2016.