Updated: Feb 7, 2020
Ten years ago, we arrived in a new decade – 2010, and in a couple of weeks we’ll arrive in another – 2020. I look almost the same, plus a nose ring and a significant number of tattoos, but I’ve changed and grown a lot. I started writing this blog post with the intention of going into detail about what I’ve done in the last decade, but I changed my mind. No one really wants to hear that. Instead, I’d like to keep it simple and share some gratitude’s from the last decade instead.
I’m grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to travel; the opportunity to continue my education from A levels through to the start of a PhD; the opportunity to do voluntary work experience and paid employment both in the wildlife sector and out; and, I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn to ski in Canada.
I’m grateful for the animals I’ve loved and lost in the last ten years.
I’m grateful to have an amazing family that has grown in the last decade, both by marriage and birth. I’m grateful to have good friends who’ve stuck by me since I was an awkward and unruly teenager, and I’m grateful to all the new friends I’ve picked up along the way.
I’m grateful to have ridden so many horses (over one hundred) and hope that continues for many decades to come.
On a political note, I’m grateful to the NHS for relieving me of four wisdom teeth, providing me with contraception, and looking after my granddad - all free of charge. I’m also grateful to the NHS for employing my mum and my sister as incredible nurses, and my friends who’ve recently started out as junior doctors or nurses.
I’m grateful that mental health and sexuality and gender equality and racial equality and climate change are being discussed openly by families, public figures and world leaders, although we could probably still do better.
I’m grateful for the relationships that have taught me so much about love and respect and friendship. I’m also very grateful that FaceTime and WhatsApp were invented in this decade, because without them I’d be writing letters to James every day.
I’m grateful for having a body that allows me to do all the things I enjoy. I am admittedly grateful that I don’t have grey hair and wrinkles (I have crinkles and they’re different!) or atrophying muscles just yet, but when I do, I hope I’m grateful for the memories I made with it along the way.
Lastly, I’m grateful to all five people who read my blog, because I finally have a reason to write again and it brings me a lot of joy.
May the next decade bring us lots of things to be grateful for!