10 years ago: I never would have thought I would have an ongoing text conversation with 3 of my friends discussing the ins and outs of motherhood. Today: I don't bat an eyelash when I see a text from a dear friend asking for breast feeding advice.
10 years ago: whether or not I had a babysitter had absolutely zero effect on my social life. Today: our babysitter is our lifeline to the outside world and searching for one can be the single most stressful event of my week. (Guess I do lead pretty charmed life)
10 years ago: my biggest concern on a Friday night was what I was going to wear to a particular social event. Today: it is 'what in the world am I going to feed my son for dinner, and what TV shows are we going to catch up on after he goes to bed'
10 years ago: a weekend road-trip was just that. Today: it is a week long preparation for that trip, and a week recovery upon our return.
10 years ago: I hated going to bars. Today: I still do. Guess some things never change?
10 years ago: going to the grocery store was a chore. Today: it is an escape.
10 years ago: cooking a (balanced) meal each night was never a consideration. Today: it is cathartic.
10 years ago: I felt the need to explain my decisions to those who might not completely understand. Today: I (we) make the best decisions for our family and don't really worry about making others understand. There are just some things people never do 'get' unless they are in your shoes.
10 years ago: if I didn't want to do something I thought I needed to give an excuse or explanation. Today: I simply say "no I won't be able to make it" and leave it at that.
10 years ago: the timing of a party really made no difference to me. Today: we do our damdest to schedule life around nap and meal times. A well fed-well napped child is MUCH more pleasant ... for everyone.
10 years ago: I had no clue how much joy a child would be to my life. Yes, things are different now. My car may have 3 month old teddy grahams stuffed in the seats. I may not have the most stylish clothes in the world. I may bitch about having to mess up Wyatt's nap schedule to go to something. I may have to miss fun social functions because of my responsibilities at home. But really, I'm much more fulfilled today than I was 10 years ago.
So I guess this is all to say that I guess life does really get better as you get older!