The 10 Year Challenge
Updated: Aug 23, 2019
If you have social media, you may have noticed the "#TenYearChallenge" trending the last few weeks. At first, I thought "This is fun! Seeing how different you look, how different your life is, etc...", but the more I think about it, the most important part of the last ten years of your life is not shown in this challenge: how you have grown mentally and emotionally.
Looking back ten years, to January 2009, I was a freshman in college at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. In the photos, you can't tell, but I was not happy. I was in an unhealthy relationship, had a low self-esteem, was severely depressed, and started popping pills to make myself feel better. I lived in a bubble of self-loathing, co-dependency, and fear.
Fast forward to 2019, I have been sober for 6 years, started on the journey of self-awareness and self-discovery, have a beautiful home, marriage and four fur babies, and am truly happier than I have ever been in my entire life. I definitely still have my struggles and bad days, but I have the tools now to bounce back. I have the courage to express how I feel, and I have respect and love for myself. These are things I could not have said ten years ago, or be shown in two photos.