In the fall of 1999 my high school football team became the 1st team in the history of Ohio high school football to finish a season 15-0 State Champs. In the fall of 2008 my flag football team made a run at the YFFA title. We came up short. Nuff Said. The only similarity is that we got together after games and bullshitted about the plays we made over some ice cold Bud Lights.
I didn’t have a real job when I was 15. My only job was to make sure I showed up to every practice and games on time. I would never had allowed a job to get in the way of playing sports. In contrast, as I am typing this, I am stuck at work while my co-ed softball team tries to get another W. It pains me to miss the game.
When I was 15, I used to log onto the computer, sign into AOL, and chat with my friends. Nowadays, I hit up my boys using BBM on my Blackberry. And speaking of crackberries, these days my phone never leaves my pocket and every person I know over the age of 12 has a phone. Ten years ago, my dad had a car phone that I thought was the coolest thing in the world.
Today I have debt that feels like it will never go away. At 15, I had an allowance.
These days I wear Seven jeans. Back in the day, Lee Pipes.
Today, slacks and a shirt with a collar to work everyday. 1999, sweatpants and t-shirt EVERYDAY!
I could go on for days. I encourage everyone who reads this to contribute a thought about who, what, when, where or how changed things have been in your life from 10 years ago.