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As the noughties come to an end…

The decade of the noughties is almost behind us. As we usher in the teenies, I find myself thinking about how much my life and the lives of those closest to me will change over the next ten years. 
 
Senior Management has worked so hard for the family.  I’m determined to make a success of myself, so that she can give up work.
 
My teenage boy, already more grown up than me in so many ways, will become a man. I’ve no doubt he will excel in whichever field he chooses.   Come 2020, he may be married.  Who knows? I may even be a grandad, though if you’re reading this, son, I’d rather you waited.
 
Then of course, I think of my beautiful daughters. They’ve already come so far since the curse of autism stole them from us. They know us now. They know our names – at least most of the time – and thank the Lord, they’re happy.   By the end of this next decade, they’ll be in their mid-twenties.  What will become of them? How much more of them can we get back?
 
All around the world, as these last hours of 2009 slip away, billions of people will contemplate their New Year resolutions. Some plan to quit smoking, or drinking, or get themselves fit. Many will decide to change how they treat other people, or how they treat themselves.
 
I have just one resolve, and it’s not for the year, it’s for the decade.  
 
I aim to carve out a career in writing, and I will succeed.  
 
How about you?
 
What’s your plan for the next ten years?





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tracy_d74
Dec. 30th, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
With that resolve, you will do it. And if I catch wind of any wavering I'll give you a swift kick in the bottocks.

Next ten years? I honestly don't know. I'm at a crossroads. Ten years ago it was to be a psychologists and be married. I nailed the psychology and . . . I understand you have to date to get married. Well, I guess I could do a mail order thing. :) But ten years ago I was so hooked into Psychology. A lot has changed with me (my eyes are more open). I don't know.
jongibbs
Dec. 30th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you. As for that mail order thing, I hear Amazon.com are doing them now ;)
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ex_naomi_ja
Dec. 30th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
Eek, I can barely plan ten minutes ahead! I guess it's the same as you though - make that writing career happen. Good luck to everyone else with their goals!
jongibbs
Dec. 30th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
And to you :)
asakiyume
Dec. 30th, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
Who knows? I may even be a grandad, though if you’re reading this, son, I’d rather you waited.

Made me laugh! I feel the same about my son and his girlfriend. Love them both lots; hope they don't make any babies before they finish college. (Though, I'm one to talk--but hey, at least I waited until graduate school...)

I'll be enjoying following your blog as your writing career unfolds. As for me? Not sure. I'd like to finish the novel I'm working on and publish lots of short stories, maybe? But I'm not after a writing career as determinedly as you or some...
jongibbs
Dec. 30th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
It's funny how the things we were determined to do in our youth have become the things we're determined to talk our kids out of doing in theirs ;)

I wish you success in all your endeavours :)
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(Anonymous)
Dec. 30th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
それでルイスは、結婚式のお花やdecorationにとてもこだわりを持っている。
jongibbs
Dec. 30th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
Of course I know Chinese New Year isn't till February 14th, silly. And no, I won't be putting up the dragon decoration this year.

Besides, you're Japanese, so what do you care?
jtglover
Dec. 30th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
My two biggies are in the next five years to have published one novel and to have begun buying a house, or a condominium/townhouse in a walkable community. We'll see. :-)

Good luck to you for the '10s!
jongibbs
Dec. 30th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
And to you :)
bogwitch64
Dec. 30th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
You absolutely will, Jon. I've no doubt about it.

I'm pretty content in life these days. The one goal I have is to publish a book. I hope to manage that before the next decade is out! Yeesh! I'm not getting any younger.
jongibbs
Dec. 30th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
'Yeesh! I'm not getting any younger.'

I'm not sure I'd want to be any younger (and I darn well wouldn't want to be a teenager again), but staying the same might be nice :)
rowanda380
Dec. 30th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
good luck with the resolution...I just want to be alive and kickin' in 10 years, hopefully in a positive state of mind...that is all I can ask for :0)
jongibbs
Dec. 30th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
All good goals :)
clarionj
Dec. 30th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Well, I read this with one new wish for the New Year, and that's for your good wishes to happen. I'm glad your girls are happy, but I always start to cry when I think what it must be like as parents. You seem to have kept everyone together so well. I wish your household all the best in the New Year. And I've no doubt you'll succeed in writing!
jongibbs
Dec. 30th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Pat. I hope so. Good luck in all your endeavours :)
out_totheblack
Dec. 30th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
I would really like to succeed in one of my creative endevors be it writing, dance, or photography. I would really like it to be writing, but that is the hardest one for me. I get discouraged because there are no fast results, nothings I can palpably see: is my work read worthy, publish worthy, or just liner for the cat box.

jongibbs
Dec. 30th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
I find looking at stuff I wrote a year or so ago helps. I can judge how much I've improved by spotting all the mistakes that I hadn't noticed were there before :)
saetter
Dec. 30th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
"I aim to carve out a career in writing, and I will succeed."

This. :)
jongibbs
Dec. 30th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
Excellent! :)
maryjdal
Dec. 30th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
I admire your determination and wish you much success with "Waking Up Jack Thunder" and your other projects.

My goal is also to publish a book - and improve as a writer.
jongibbs
Dec. 30th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
I hope you achieve both :)
peadarog
Dec. 30th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
Hi John, I wish you all a wonderful decade :-)
jongibbs
Dec. 30th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Peadar, the same to you :)
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jongibbs
Dec. 30th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
Lol, in that case I should warn you, my own world domination plans are scheduled to start on January 1st 2020 ;)
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southernweirdo
Dec. 30th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a great 10-year plan to me!

Mine's similar. I hope to be have at least one novel published professionally before I reach 40.
jongibbs
Dec. 30th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
I wish you success :)
kmarkhoover
Dec. 30th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna write. That's my plan.
jongibbs
Dec. 30th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
Lol, how about that Haxan novel?
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