Summing up another year by looking back at the whole decade.
Every year – now 15 years running – I do some kind of reckoning on this blog. These may not be my most highly read posts, but I do try to keep up the tradition nonetheless, plus rethink the format from time to time.
2019 for us was also Johanna’s first year, and the first full year being a family of five. And as expected it has been tough on us all in terms of energy levels and spirits. The year has also been marred by sickness; nothing life-threatening, mind you, but too many and too long periods of someone in the family being sick. Suffice to say, we’re hoping these things will gradually improve in 2020.
On the upside, I have had a good and stable job with high flexibility. We enjoyed a three-week holiday in Sweden plus a couple of trips to Jutland. And it was a year of spending money: a new car, a new roof on the house, new appliances, and more.
But looking back at 2019, today is also a rare occasion to look back on a full decade. We are finally entering something that makes sense to say. Forget the zeroes, naughties, tens, teens, whatever – let’s bring on the no-nonsense twenties!
Being born in a round-number year, decades coincide with my age, and I am thus ending my fourth decade on this earth. In my quest to simplify and organise things, I wanted to characterise those four decades of my life in a limited number of bullets:
- 1980s: Early childhood, living in the U.S.
- 1990s: Adolescence, high school, Vejlefjord, music
- 2000s: Student life, Aarhus, Aarhus Café Church, travels to Australia
- 2010s: Marriage, family, career, settling in North Sealand
You should try the same, although I am lucky to be able to split them into distinct phases.
The 2010s for me has been a decade of building a family and fathering three children (’14, ’16, ’18). It has been a decade of singing in Camerata, one of Denmark’s best classical choirs. And it was the decade where student life irrevocably ended, and I embarked on a career of internal communication, starting in Maersk and proceeding to other large international companies. Another highlight has been travels to the U.S., where my parents lived until a few years ago.
All in all, a good and eventful decade. So what will the 2020s bring? It is nearly impossible to predict that many years, but a few headlines do seem likely: school, growing kids, more work (although I don’t know how or where). As for travels and where to live, etc. – only time will tell.
And now, for 2020. Lily will start school, launching a new phase for the whole family. I will turn a corner, as you might have guessed – and while I’m in a good place in most factors of life, I will confess to some dread for the event. It is difficult to abstain from some soul-searching – for me, at least – and find elements that may be lacking in purpose.
My humble hope for the new year is that I can find the energy to be more purpose-driven in my life, not settling to celebrate the mere survival of another day or week or year as an achievement, but actively making a difference for the things I engage in and the people that surround me.
Happy New Year!