I’ve heard this question before and am never sure how to answer it. Since I need more clarification on conversational questions like this, I chose to break it down into decades. So which decade of my life to I think was or will be the best?
The first decade, from the bits I remember, stories I’ve heard and pictures I’ve seen was pretty awesome.
I lived at home with my mom, dad and brother. That’s something that I remember feeling incredibly sad about when I realized I’d never do again, but that wasn’t during this first decade. No, this first decade was full of family trips to the beach, dinners eaten all together, sock wars, fort building, grilling out on the porch, dancing in the living room, singing Springsteen, rides in dad’s old MG, paddling our boat around the lake, backwards dinners and ski trips.
It’s before I realized how scary the world could be. It’s when mom and dad knew everything (you still do, guys, you still do ) and a Friday night movie and pizza was the highlight of the week. I loved that simple time.
My second decade, whew, those were some transitional years! Think about it, years 10-20 took you from middle school through college. These years were full of trial and error, to put it kindly. I tested limits and learned who I was. Though most people look back on these years (especially high school) with relief that they’re gone, I loved these years.
My love for cheerleading, the angst of teen relationships, the stress of AP classes… quite a mix! I was every bit of that horrible Britney Spear’s song, Not a Girl. I remember feeling frustrated that I was still being controlled by my parents. I hated curfews when no one else seemed to have them.
I never had money, so I worked fancy jobs like Baskin Robbins, Target and the Cookie Company. But what a fun time. Proms and Friday night football games. House parties and being able to drive.
Then, off to college. The freedom. The late nights. Man, do I have some awesome memories with friends I’ll never forget.
And now here I am, nearing the end of my third decade. The decade where I’ve really grown up. Entering the real world, finding my passion (health), finding and marrying my best friend.
Creating our life together, complete with house, dog and now, precious Hailey.
I can’t remember a time I’ve ever been happier.
So, that’s a great life story and all, but what is my answer to the question?
I’m not sure! Total cop out. I do know two things. I’ve been blessed with a wonderful life and have truly enjoyed every stage of it thus far. And from where I sit right now, it sure looks like this could be the happiest decade of my life.
But I’m hoping the best is still yet to come.
So, you tell me…
What were your best years?
Or do you think you’ve experienced them yet?