|Ten Years On
||[Dec. 30th, 2009|10:32 pm]
At the end of 2009 now, and I got to thinking about ten years ago... Ten years ago this week I was in such a very different place in life.
I'd just taken on a new DJ "persona" as 0x86 and was deep into the techstep D&B.
I lived a dual life as a clubbing/partying, liberal minded, tech bubble denizen on the one hand, and a National Guard officer on the other... and had a real hard time reconciling the dichotomy.
I had long since shed the Y2K fears, but paid too much attention to Alex Jones conspiracies for my own good. In the back of my mind during NYE 1999 I was waiting for the New World Order to spring it's trap, but was quite relieved when it didn't happen... that failure set such fears to rest for the following year and nine months and eleven days.
I had yet to attend a Burning Man or related event.
I just started to have designs on establishing a music club or venue and began taking steps ultimately to realizing the impracticality of such a notion for a person in my position. Otherwise, I thought little about my future while thinking a lot about the future in general.
Despite taking continuing ed classes, going back to school for an advanced degree was the last thing on my mind.
I was enthralled and in love with my soul mate, but hadn't a concern about anything in that arena beyond having fun.
And now here I am ten years later, married, a father, a former burner, a Masters degree holder, and with such different concerns and priorities than in my past life. Ten years seems at once like forever and not much time at all.
I don't lament the passing of those times - they were a necessary step to getting here, and I probably couldn't maintain the pace I was going at my current age for long anyway. Things are definitely good now. It's just weird how quickly things change.