Last week I read What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. It's about a woman--Alice--who wakes up after a fall off an exercise bike thinking it's ten years ago. She has no memory of having her children--she was pregnant with her first child ten years ago--or how she became a fit, health-conscious mom. And especially she has no memory of why she and her husband are involved in a bitter divorce because all of her memories are of being happily married.
The book is simply wonderful. One of those reads that just suck you in with a great character.
But what I want to talk about is how it made me think. If I woke up and I thought I was back in 2002, would I be happy with what my life had become in the ten years that I forgot? Am I where I thought I'd be ten years ago?
I can honestly say that I'm in a better place than I imagined ten years ago. Ten years ago, my husband and I owned a mobile home that was beginning to fall down around us and I had no hope of ever getting out of it. I ran a home daycare and always thought I could never work outside the home because I'd been working inside it for so long and hadn't developed a lot skills.
In 2012, my husband and I own a house--yes, a real house--with a yard that desperately needs mowed, but still a house. I'm an assistant manager with a major retail chain and make a good living. I'm editing and shopping a manuscript that I'm really proud of. My daughters are happy--most of the time--and caring individuals. And I'm still happily married to the man I met when I was 20. Plus I'm 30+ pounds lighter than I was then--getting into retail made me stronger, healthier, and happier--go figure.
So, my question to you--if your 2002 self met you today, would she be surprised, happy, or ????