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There’s still a month and a half left until 2020, but people already want to know what you’ve accomplished in the past 10 years. This time, though, the pressure isn’t coming from your parents or boss. This time it’s coming from Twitter, a force more insistent than any one person could ever 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:— ˗ˏˋ tony ˎˊ˗ (@stfutony) November 13, 2019
-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
For whatever reason, his tweet hit a nerve and everyone seemed excited to look back on the last 10 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
I beat homelessness.— Amene (@Ange_Amene) November 13, 2019
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
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— Karen M. McManus (@writerkmc) November 13, 2019
-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 set
You just never know. https://t.co/6vKvIPMrio
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— karen han (@karenyhan) November 13, 2019
- 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
Left my controlling family— Michael Tannenbaum (@iamTannenbaum) November 13, 2019
Became friends with a young chef
Discovered that I could hide in his chef hat and help him become a famous chef
Took down an evil chef, convinced a bitter food critic that even though I’m a rat that “Anyone can cook.” https://t.co/QYcpVdue2U
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.— Vineeth Meka @ DBFZ Finals (@ApologyMan) November 13, 2019
Also I learned how to cook pasta. 👍🏾 https://t.co/7hYzcSbjTW
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 10 more years coming up starting in January. Maybe get some good naps in now so you’ll be ready this time.
David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.