Then & Now

A lot of folks seem to be doing the #10yearchallenge wherein you post yourself from 2009 and 2019. I became curious so I hunted through my archives and actually…didn’t find a lot that weren’t really dark, but I did get this one:

September 27th, 2009. At a friend’s cabin near Lac du Bonnet. That is not my hat.

Let’s compare and contrast with:

January 15th. At home. Lookin’ very serious because I’m reading something from another screen.
Fun fact: This selfie was actually taken because I learned my phone will read hand gestures and take a picture, which is wild.

I don’t have a lot to say other than the 2019 guy looks like he’s Seen Some Things, and cameras in phones have come a long way in 10 years. 2009 guy will have been feeling very twitchy at that time — September — because for the first time in years he wasn’t heading “back to school” in some capacity. Earlier that year he’d completed his first year of practicum, still (thankfully) one of the most stressful times he’d ever experience, though not the only stressful time, either.

I believe that in a lot of ways, 2019 me is better off than 2009 me. So that’s good.

In other news I’m attempting to revive the “Recently Completed” things I used to write on my tumblr. This year my goal is to do stick with it and write short reflections for each game I complete. I know that I like to seek new experiences in games rather than complete what’s in front of me already, so doing these forces a small moment of reflection before just moving on. We’ll see if I hit my goal!

Thing I Saw Yesterday: A roomful of kids with their hands up, desperately trying to get my attention so they could say the thing they were thankful for. I lead music with a local kid’s church group once a month, and I cap things off with a fun song called “We Thank God” where I take suggestions for things to shoehorn into the lyrics. Some kids raise their hands well before we’ve finished a verse. It’s super sweet. And as I always remind them, “If we didn’t get to the thing you wanted to share, remember that you can just thank God whenever you want!”

Thing I Learned Yesterday: The Pokio creature in Super Mario Odyssey can do a special spin attack with its beak extended, if you shake the controller as much as Lori does when she’s trying to do something else lol

I’m Grateful For: A warm home on a cold, windy day.

Feels fitting for a post about looking back.