There’s still a month and a half left until 2020, but people already want to know what you’ve accomplished in the past ten years. This time, though, the pressure isn’t coming from your parents or boss. This time it’s coming from Twitter, who is more insistent than any one person could ever to be.
The meme took off after a man named Tony stated (more or less accurately), “there’s only ONE MONTH left in the decade.” He followed it up with a simple question: “what have you accomplished?”
there’s only ONE MONTH left in the decade. what have you accomplished?
— ˗ˏˋ tony ˎˊ˗ (@stfutony) November 11, 2019
Tony, of course, had his own answers ready to go.
in no particular order i: -graduated high school -got into stanford (& am graduating with FOUR degrees) -survived depression, anxiety, and disordered eating -ended my first abusive relationship-became a better person -found my soulmate
— ˗ˏˋ tony ˎˊ˗ (@stfutony) November 13, 2019
For whatever reason, his tweet hit a nerve and everyone seemed excited to look back on the last ten years of their lives.
Survived a nervous breakdown. Graduated high school. Five years of work experience. Moved out. Published my debut novel and it’s sequel through an actual publisher. Enrolled and going back to college. For my life path so far, I’m doing all right!
— Fallon O'Neill (@ONeillFallon) November 12, 2019
Stopped working jobs I hated. Overcame depression. Got good at a craft. Talked a mile of shit. Met a lot of people I love. (Lost a lot of people I love.) Met a lot of people I respect. Burned some bridges. Accidentally created a few. Learned not to cuss everybody out…. https://t.co/7NJV02QYMu
— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) November 13, 2019
didn’t go to college, didn’t get married, didn’t learn to drive, didn’t have kids, didn’t buy a house but, at 30 years old, I’m finally HAPPY w my life & myself and I think that’s an accomp in itself x https://t.co/BNffLVmYDB
— holly x (@hollyshortall) November 13, 2019
I beat homelessness.I became self a sufficient provider.I bought my own car..I traveled out of the country.I turned 30.I set boundaries. I became an educator. https://t.co/ja3u0bZCBP
— Amene (@Ange_Amene) November 13, 2019
i moved to new york and then came home, bought a house, got married to my forever fav, cared for wild brooklyn street cat during a snowstorm & now for life, rescued a 10 year old dog / actual angel, adopted the world's most beautiful puppy, and founded a magazine. https://t.co/Atio7xBf3c
— Summer Anne Burton (@summeranne) November 13, 2019
-Grieved the loss of my partner-Raised a great kid from toddler to teen-Decided to try writing again-Sold 4 books-Spent 2 years on the NYT bestseller list-Translated into 40 languages-1st book greenlit to TV pilot-About to visit that setYou just never know. https://t.co/6vKvIPMrio
— Karen M. McManus (@writerkmc) November 13, 2019
Although a lot of people seem to be taking the question pretty seriously, it’s also generated a lot of sarcastic responses.
I have taken many excellent naps https://t.co/FMbT8aBmVY
— Daniel José Older (@djolder) November 13, 2019
– acquired the one ring of power from my uncle- left the shire with my best friend- was pursued by nazgûl- got stabbed- went to a council meant to give the ring to someone else and ended up having to keep it- went to mordor- destroyed the ring- traveled into the west https://t.co/9veeGsL5zt
— karen han (@karenyhan) November 13, 2019
Left my controlling familyBecame friends with a young chefDiscovered that I could hide in his chef hat and help him become a famous chefTook down an evil chef, convinced a bitter food critic that even though I’m a rat that “Anyone can cook.” https://t.co/QYcpVdue2U
— Michael Tannenbaum (@iamTannenbaum) November 13, 2019
Learned competitive Smash 4 completely from scratch purely motivated by my hatred of a single man and to one day defeat him which took several years to finally attain the skills necessary to do so. After defeating that man I immediately quit.Also I learned how to cook pasta. https://t.co/7hYzcSbjTW
— Vineeth Meka (@ApologyMan) November 13, 2019
There’s still time.
— Kate Jones (@QTPiK8) November 12, 2019
It’s natural to want to look back on your life at certain milestones, be it a birthday, graduation, or the end of a decade. If you haven’t accomplished everything you wanted, or expected to, in the 2010s, there’s no need to feel bad. There are too ten more years coming up starting in January. Maybe get some good naps in now so you’ll be ready this time.
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