I got this idea from other bloggers (Once upon a Tanbo, Sassymoo) and probably some others. If I forgot to mention you I apologise. It is not out of ill intend, but solely due to bad memory. It was very interesting to read about others people's decades and it made me think about how I spent the last ten years myself. So here it goes...
2000: At the tender age of 16 finishing off a year in the USA as an exchange student in Idaho. Going back to Germany into 12th grade to finish off High School. Two more years to go to graduation.
2001: Enjoying my last year at school. Attendance is slipping, our dances are brilliant. Playing a lot of D&D (was a little bit geeky in school, still am) and drinking tea and other substances with friends. First trip to London. Fell in love with the city and decided I'd be back.
2002: Graduation. Still didn't really know what I wanted to do with my life. Started studying physics in Rostock, Germany.
2003: Decided physics is not for me. Went to a different uni to study English and Sociology. Really enjoyed those three semesters, but I tend not to stay long at one place so...
2004: Leaving for Glasgow to do two semesters abroad as an exchange student. Had the time of my life. Met current bf who lived in the same student hall. Have to lie here but I think this is the year my brother got married. Uh really bad at this, might have been the year before. Sorry bro.
2005: Back to Germany this time to a university in Bavaria to finish off my studies. Took me another 2 1/2 years (most programs in Germany run 5 years, no fun I tell you). Went to Canada to visit bf at his uni. Long-distance relationships = no fun.
2006: Soccer World Cup in Germany! Must have watched every game that was on even though I am usually not a big sports fan. But boy, that was a fun time to be in Germany, so much fun, sun, drink and cheering. Too bad we didn't win. Maybe next time. Couple of trips to London to meet bf who had scored a job there.
2007: Final year of uni. Crazy paper to write and to study. Really enjoyed that. No more classes so I was completely free to organise my studies the way I wanted them. Felt so good.
2008: Finished uni in February and packed my bags, dropped them off at my parents place and hoped on a plane to London. Bf was already there for almost two years. I was so happy to finally get to go there too. Got my first job in June, spent those three months in between catching up with TV Shows that I had neglected in my last year due to crazy study schedule. Also, played a lot of Final Fantasy XII which got me into gaming again. Took up Japanese lessons for the first time. Always did a little bit of self-studying on the side. But this is the first time I get some proper Japanese taught. Really enjoying the experience. Did go home in May for my sister's wedding. It was a low key affair only close family and friends around. Spent Christmas in London since I had to work.
2009: Probably the worst year in this decade. My grandma died suddenly. She fell ill after Easter and passed away two months later. Everything happened so quickly and I still haven't gotten over that. I guess these things need time to sink in. On the fun side I attended my first British wedding. That was a lot of fun. Lots of kilt since the groom's side was Scottish. Spent Christmas in Canada with bf family. Good times. Hopefully next year will be spend in Germany with my family.
2010: Been at my job for over a year now. Have been taking Japanese lessons for over a year. I feel like I do not put enough effort into that at the moment. So I guess one New Year's resolution is to do more studying. I realise after a year I shouldn't expect too much of myself, but I want to stay motivated.
Another thing I would like to try is doing a lot more healthy eating and some kind of exercise. The goal is to either go running once a week or do yoga twice a week. Also thinking about getting Wii fit. Usually I don't exercise because I don't want to leave the house. So the fit might help. Anybody any experience with that?
There are also other changes I plan to do, but unless they are carved in stone I don't wanna mention them. I am a little bit paranoid in that sense.
I am sure I forgot to mention many, many things. But it was nice to write a little 'review' of my life in the last ten years.
All there is left to do is wishing you all a very happy New Year. May all your wishes come true this year.
PS: Don't you love the cheesy ending.