As I searched for pictures to post for today's prompt, I realized how much the world has changed in a decade. Back in 2005, I'd created my first Myspace account, and social media wasn't even part of my vocabulary yet. Anybody else have Tom as your first friend?
I still had a tiny silver flip phone that took crappy digital images, and text messaging was the craze. Back then, I still dropped plastic film canisters off at Walmart, and all my photos were printed and stored in plastic tubs. I kind of miss those days.
Luckily, I was still sporadically writing in a journal, and I found a gratitude list I'd composed on Apr. 14th, 2005. Ten years ago I had just bought my first house. My 4th graders called me Miss Franks, and I was finishing my final year at Jackie Carden Elementary.
Loneliness, insecurity, and self-doubt were my constant companions. I'd recently discovered Al-anon, and my journey towards healing the wounds of alcoholism and codependency was just beginning. When I think back to this season of my life, I'm amazed by how quickly humans can evolve in such a short time. Grateful for my trip down memory lane tonight.