The decades of my life

Update – this was a valuable thing to do. Made me feel proud of what I have achieved over the years

I saw this on Twitter and thought it was helpful and illuminating

In my twenties I:

  • Went to Iceland and Greenland
  • Got a degree in Geography and Geology
  • Went to Svalbard
  • Climbed in the Alps
  • Moved to Canada
  • Went to Baffin Island, Ellesmere Island, Yellowknife, and climbed in the Rockies
  • Got a Masters degree in Geography
  • Had a disastrous relationship
  • Lost my Father
  • Worked as a mailman in the UK
  • Moved to the US
  • Went to Baffin Island, Alaska, and all over the US West
  • Had another couple of disastrous relationships
  • Got a PhD in Geological Sciences
  • Adopted my first dog

In my thirties I:

  • Lived in Arizona, Vermont, Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut
  • Was a professor at three different Universities
  • Bought my first house
  • Changed careers to tech
  • Travelled alone through Eastern Europe on the train
  • Had back surgery
  • Gained 60 pounds
  • Got married
  • Went back to Baffin Island and came back with a dog
  • Adopted another dog
  • Bought my first new car

In my forties I:

  • Went to Australia and New Zealand for the first time (and went back another 20+ times)
  • Went to Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Fiji, Tahiti and all over NZ
  • Bought a condo in New Jersey
  • Got divorced
  • Sold the condo at a huge loss
  • Bought an apartment in New York City
  • Had a relationship that wasn’t disastrous but didn’t work out and ended poorly
  • Rebuilt my credit
  • Met a wonderful woman
  • Started running
  • Ran 4 half marathons, finished the NY Marathon, ran innumerable 5 and 10ks (didn’t lose any weight)
  • Started downhill skiing
  • Quit a well-paying job at Oracle and took a $50k pay cut (and saved my sanity)

In my fifties I:

  • Finished traveling to all 50 states, all 10 Canadian provinces and 3 Territories
  • Went back to Australia (many times), New Zealand (many times), Alaska
  • Had someone to travel with and we went to France (2x), UK, Italy, Korea, & Canada (3x). Visited Venice for the first time
  • Sold my apartment in NYC
  • Bought a house on the coast in CT and moved here with my partner
  • Got a wonderful dog
  • Bought my second new car
  • Lost 40 pounds (and counting)

Still working on achievements for my 50s


About Raoul

With a fairly unusual first name, this is where I have to stress VERY STRONGLY that these posts are my personal opinions and in no way reflect anything at all to do with my employer. For employer-approved content, take a look at my work blog.
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