Newsletter editor Lily here.

I don’t know about all of you, but it only hit me last week that in just over two months’ time, it’ll be the start of a new decade. 2020 has been on my horizon for a while (especially as a politics writer covering the upcoming presidential election), but it didn’t really set in until about 10 days ago that it’s a whole new decade.

A lot happens in 10 years. At the start of this decade, Barack Obama was in the first half of his first term. I was a high school sophomore who wore too much raccoon eyeliner and ill-fitting acid wash jeans. (So edgy!) The Kardashians hadn’t quite taken over our tabloids. Instagram wasn’t a thing.

And while 10 years is a long time, it can also feel short and fleeting. There was sort of a mental list I’d been building of what I’d like to have done at this point in my life, and it’s nowhere near complete. Not to mention, much of my life is going to change over the next 10 years, as it does for many people between the ages of 25 and 35. That’s all a little scary.

However, a friend of mine brought up a good point when I told her about my ensuing panic over the end of this decade and the beginning of another: Don’t spend the remaining two months of the 2010s freaking out about what you didn’t do; instead, focus on setting your intentions for the upcoming decade.

I’ve already figured out what I want to do before January to kick off the 2020s on the right foot. I want to become financially literate and get my money plans in order. I want to come up with some actual long-term career plans. And I want to create a schedule for the creative projects I put off for most of the 2010s decade. Unsurprisingly, it’s been way more exciting (and less anxiety-inducing) to think of the impending January 1, 2020 date in this way than how I’d previously conceived of it.

What about all of you? What are you looking forward to when the clock strikes midnight and it’s 2020?

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