Supposably (heh) that trashy mag Time has the Decade from Hell as its irrevelent cover this month or week or whatever. And pictured a little baby having a crying hissy fit. I guess that part applies, now.
People in meatspace often think I'm a pessimist. I'm not, of course -- I'm a realist. What people really don't like is things being called as they're seen. So I suppose this might not endear anyone to me either, but I had a fantastic decade.
Did it suck at the end? Absolutely, and beyond my wildest nightmares. In the last year and a half my dog began dying and I lost her, then I lost my job (at the end of last year!), and recently I lost my beautiful car. I'd been sick pretty much consistently for 3 months since mid-Sept., and had sharp, stabbing chest pains earlier this week. My savings, as expected, has taken a humongous hit, and so has my health, both mental and physical.
But this is all only in the last 18 months. The other 9 years of this decade I've had full, gainful employment. At my last job, which only lasted a year when this downturn hit hard, I was making darn close to six figures. Since I live cheaply, that means with the extra I was saving some for retirement, plus paying down some on my condo. After of course saving up a decent emergency fund. My dad advised me to have upwards of $n0K in liquid savings, to weather any potential coming downturn. I saved targeting the upwards part, thankfully. He said don't put it in CD's, but in stocks, for a better return. I already have my 401K in the stock market, so I didn't take that part of his advice. Glad I didn't, too, as I obviously needed a bunch of that money, and before the market had recovered some later this year.
But even tho my 401K went down precipitously, it's come back a lot. Oh and he advised me not to pay extra on my home, just put it in the market. But again, I have all of what little retirement savings I've done in the stock market, so I didn't take that part of the advice either, and glad I didn't, because, no downturn can erase the principal I've paid off on my home (unless I lose it), nor the future savings in interest it'll afford. With my paying it down aggressively this last decade, I actually have only two years of payments left on it, and then it's mine all mine. Now granted I bought extremely modest, and in '97 before the bubble began inflating, so my payment is only a little over a grand, which is a joke by today's standards. But I'm very debt-averse, and esp. want to be free of having any big financial obligations to anyone if things get any worse.
Aside from a very good decade economically, this was the decade I had a dog of my own. She was supposedly 4-5 years of age when I adopted her, and I had her for about 9 years, which is a good long time and long life for a large breed. I had my awesome Mustang GT with V8 and (and this decade I learned to drive (on it) a) stick shift for 8 years, that I absolutely loved. My sister (and only sibling) and her husband moved back from northern California, and she finally got a diagnosis for what was crippling her life, so she was back in my life and happy again. My parents are still alive, and live here locally, and doing okay. Except for the recent (uber-)suckage, and things so drastically changing of late, I can't complain at all about the 2000's. Okay I had the repeated ankle sprains, one about every 11 months for about 4-5 years there, as I recall. Oh I'm definitely cursed, with absolutely ridiculous shiite happening to me. No one would believe all the kinds of things that happen to me. Not really serious things, I can still walk (that's really it, tho), but just super unlikely series of events.
But anyways, overall it's prolly been the best decade of my life, and I'm definitely way better for it. And I have high hopes for the 2010's. I just finished the last in a series of C#/.NET night courses at the local uni and completed their certificate program, and I'm hoping that'll open my employment possibilities wider in the new year. Hopefully everyone, including businesses, are getting sick of malaise, and will start ramping up again, despite the savaging that's being done to the country by our elected and esp. unelected leaders. To the next generation, sorry, you're unquestionably fscked, you have no future, and I prolly have a miserable one ahead, but I refuse to assume it's here yet, and I want many more years of normal, happy life ahead of me. It's not like I worked my butt off these last 9 months cramming
So I hope everyone reading this can reflect back on the decade and find it overall a fairly good one (if you look hard enough), and are thankful for being alive, overall. Since it's doubtful I'll have this good of a segue the rest of this month, Merry Christmas to everyone and to yours, Happy Hanukah if that's your thing, and happy believing there is no God if that's your thing, either way I hope the end of this year and decade is a joyous time and I wish you happy new ones!