Over the weekend I was digging around our basement when I came across some early photos of my (now) husband and I when we first met. As I perused the photos I thought about how much has happened in a decade. When we met, mobile phones were rare – although he had one, it was the size of a shoe and you can imagine how well it stayed connected. We were both young in our careers although a year after meeting, we both started our own companies. I still remember sitting on his bed (the only available space due to a roommate who was using the living room to host a new girlfriend) in a cramped apartment in Beacon Hill, writing a business plan with him and his partner. They eventually sold the company and I still run mine.
We’ve learned a lot since then, not only about business and technology, but about love, loss, relationships and new experiences like parenthood. We survived – and so did our companies – the dot com boom and the resulting bust. We’ve grown through two houses, three dogs, two children, three nannies and more than a dozen 18-hour drives to Michigan and Hilton Head. We’ve seen friends and family get married and sadly, divorced. We watched, terrified, the September 11 attacks in 2001 and we prayed every day, terrified, for my brother to return safely from his resulting Iraq deployment. We’ve cheered successes and commiserated over failures – but we always kept going. We’ve been to too many funerals, not enough parties and a fair share of vacations (with and without the kids – that is key!).
One of my favorite quotes is “When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.“ So today, if you’ve been wondering if you should “go for it” – do it. Before you know it, a decade will pass and you’ll be glad that you did.