A Decade to Remember, and Another to Envision

It’s December 2019 and we’re on the cusp of the next decade.  There’s a lot that’s happened in the 10 years of my life that has put me in my position today.

If I think back to the beginning of 2010, that was right around the time when I was starting to take my fitness and strength training routine a little more seriously.

It was also right around the time I started taking school a little more seriously, doing my best to get through my undergrad by the end of that year and onto the “figuring-out-what-I’m-going-to-do-for-the-rest-of-my-life stage”.

But if I look back on it now, there’s several key moments that happened that ultimately led me to where I’m at today.

I also have the benefit of being more in 1988, which is closer to the end/start of a decade.  Therefore, each new decade represents the next 10-year chunks of my life.  The 2000’s represented my teens, the 2010’s represented my young adulthood, and now the 2020’s will represent my 30’s.

I can look back on the decades and separate them out by my own 10-year age groups.

So, as we enter in the new decade, I ask what are some of the big moments of the last 10 years that really stood out for you?  What do you remember about the last 10 years?  Your heartaches?  Your accomplishments?

There’s a list that I have to look back on:

  • I graduated with my undergrad from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a Bachelor’s in Physics w/Biomedical Concentrations and basically a class away from a minor in German and Math
  • I went back to school, through independent study, taking graduate classes through the Physical Therapy and Biomedical curriculum
  • Started a hard rock band and played our first how on 11/11/11 at The Warehouse here in La Crosse, WI and opened for a band that I was a HUGE fan of (These Hearts) – to say I was gushing at the opportunity is an understatement
  • I became certified as a personal trainer and then started my job as a personal trainer at a local gym here in La Crosse (which I took as my first “big boy” job) on November 30th, 2011
  • Started dating my girlfriend, Mandy
  • Got my first dog, an English Bulldog named Maximus Decimus Meridius
  • Became ordained and married one of my best friends to his wife
  • I started my own gym, Unity Fitness, in late June 2015
  • Married another couple, the son of a co-worker from the first gym I worked at ?
  • Got a French Bulldog to give Max some company, and we named her Millicent Mae Meridius
  • Bought a house with Mandy
  • Got my dream car (a Jeep Wrangler)
  • Got another Frenchie, Montana Dustin Meridius
  • Several certifications, thousands of hours of continuing education hours, helping hundred and hundreds of people, we’re here approaching year 5 of opening our doors
From left to right: Millicent, Max, and Montana

There’s been plenty of positives, but that comes with the negatives along the way.  I lost my grandfather, my hero, earlier this decade.  There’s a lot of him that lives through me.  Some of it’s with intention, some of it now, but I’m unbelievably proud and honored to say it either way.

All these points bring me to my main point: what is in store for your next decade?  What are you planning for?  When we reach 2030, what do you want to look back on?

If you would have talked to me 10 years ago, I knew I wanted to own a gym someday.  It doesn’t look quite like Unity (mostly because we’re not quite there in our planning…yet ? ), but it was super similar in values and philosophy.

There some stuff that has happened that I have deliberately and intently planned for.  There are other things that haven’t.

The big thing is I am right where I am supposed to be, just like you are right where you are supposed to be.

We can look back on a lot of choices we made through the last 10 years and wonder what could have been.  Or, you can start taking more ownership right now and getting to where you want to be in the next 10 years (assuming you’re not there yet, of course).

Through all of this, my fitness routine really drove me into the transition of the last 10 years and what we were able to accomplish.  And to think it all started in an apartment floor during the summer of 2010 with one of my best friends as we took on and completed P90X.

My buddy Scott and I still talk about that summer.  It lives with me because I think that lit a fire to where I am now.  Obviously, fitness has been a major part of my life, otherwise why in the world would I start a gym?  But fitness has helped me gain confidence, stay positive and happy, and gives me a refreshing look at life each time I am challenged through a movement and/or goal.

This is an opportunity for you to look ahead to 2020 and beyond.  Take a look at your current vision, next-year vision, and 5-year vision and beyond.

What skills do you need in your life to succeed?  Who do you need to talk to?  Who do you need to hire?  What do you need to change?

The time is now.  The new decade is here.  And it’s pretty darn exciting!