A Whole New Decade
By suncpo on Dec 31, 2009
So, it's new year's eve & I picked up the paper to read all these articles about how thrilled everyone is to see the 'lost' 'horrible' etc. decade be gone.
I will admit that there were times when I really wasn't sure what to think about the vast evil or massive power of nature or just the foolishness and economic hardship these last years.
The Panty Bomber who tried to blow up the plane a few days ago is just one of these incidents. That evil jerk will be locked up tight thinking about his panties for a long long time in thanks for his attempted mass murder. If he thought he didn't like us before, he's in for a whole new wake up call.
But, Panty Bombers and horribles aside, the dawn of the new millennia has been remarkable.
We are all here.
We have the ability to get to know one another in various forms and contexts and media like never before in human history.
We can befriend others from around the world, breathe in their culture and learn from them.
I find this rather cool.
Our identities are becoming refined and redefined every day. This is an overwhelming issue philosophically and an irresistible challenge technologically. How, when and with whom we wish to actually and virtually congregate is ours to own-- if we so wish.
In this new decade, I hope that we can respect the magic of this possibility and, like the Silk Road, leverage identities and personnas to carry forth new culture, commerce and understanding. Pollyanna? Perhaps.
For myself, I look back over the decade with nothing short of wonder.
I began as a newlywed in a career as a patent litigator that felt fine but uninspired for me. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis that year and was told by a quack with an Ivy medical degree that I would likely roll into 2010 in a wheelchair. I had been to Europe twice on the tourist circuit, Kenya on a safari trip and no where else. Sun was a building I passed on my way to work. Privacy was something you needed in the loo. Kids? Unimaginable.
Sure the road hasn't always been smooth, but wowee what a ride!
I am a fundamentally different person here on new years eve 2009 than I was in 1999. I have a vision and a purpose. I have touched miracles in my daughters and been bowed by devastating sadness in the passing of great humans. I learned first how to be a sick person with a chronic illness and then how to be a well person staring down MS and winning with every new day. I have looked at an impossible and unloved problem in the form of data protection and found pragmatic solutions that span the globe. I have grown and been enlightened and inspired and have loved more than I ever knew was possible; I have laughed and learned and traveled and grown and LIVED.
So poo-poo to the naysayers. I say Happy New Decade. My Identity story is just getting started and I'm ready for what ever's next. BRING IT ON!!!!!
I wish the same for you and yours-- let's turn every adversity into strength and innovation simply because we can and because it's more fun to do so.
Just a new decade's eve thought...