Time at a glance

Trip Start Aug 26, 2006
Trip End Dec 08, 2006

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Friday, August 18, 2006

Ten years ago. 1 decade. I hit one of those defining moments - a turning point in my life. My mom says it was about that time that was really the start of Amy. Meh... I think I was always me.
On this date in history, I was crowned the Coshocton Canal Days Festival Princess - something my parents weren't completely sold on, but supported me, nonetheless. How fitting. 10 years later, I'm about to embark on a brand new traveling escapade that they don't entirely agree with, but will surely be a moment in time that I will reflect upon and just as I did tonight, thank my parents and the big guy in the sky for letting me follow my dreams. Wow. Ten years. Went by kinda fast. They were a good ten years - summer camps, plays, friends, laughs, lots and lots of learning and growth.
I have almost lived 20 years now. 2 decades. That happened half a lifetime ago for me. I've been alive just shy of 7350 days. That's it. Not much, really - especially in comparison to the time of Earth and it's history.

In being saddened to leave the world as I know it - the customs, language and faces, I decided to calculate how much of my life will really be spent away:
Of my current lifetime, this trip will make up approximately 1.36 %.
If I live to be 50 it will be 0.548% of my life; at 75, 0.365% of my life; and if I live to see 100, this trip will consisit of a mere 0.274% of my entire lifetime.

Kind of boggles the mind. Something with so much of an impact potential may be almost less than half of a half percent of my life. In perspective, leaving home for the next 100 days is really just a blink of an eye to time. A blip on the radar of history. Not even that. My lifetime is more like the blip - this trip... has the potential of making my life more than a blip on the radar... well, maybe not, but I'm going to experience more than most people can ever dream to do. I'm getting a chance to see, taste, explore, understand, observe, feel, reflect, give, live.

Here's to a new decade. I guess I should promise myself one big, possibly life altering event each new decade. Here's to a new adventure in my new decade - may my life reach its full potential... all in due time. Maybe, someday, I'll be more than a blip on the radar of history and time.
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