END OF A DECADE – 2009 vs 2019

Dear mates,

There was no way I was going to miss posting a reflective message about the end of a whole goddamn decade. πŸ₯³πŸ₯³

I chose these two photos to juxtapose because they exhibit the positive change a decade has wrought on me. 😁😁

The biggest change is not on the outside, but within.

The 2009 me on the left is smiling, but he has no confidence, no self-esteem and loathes himself most days. He thinks he’s not good enough. He cares what others think so much that he lets their opinions shadow, plague and dictate his own self-talk, words, and life. πŸ˜”πŸ˜”

The 2019 me on the right looks a bit aggro, but he is confident, assertive and likes the bloke he’s become. He knows he is good enough just as he is. He is the captain and master of his own self-talk, words and life: he is his own. He also looks really fucken buff here. πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

What a metamorphic, Saturn-Returny decade it’s been. 🀩🀩

And hell, what a wild year 2019 has been – marrying my beautiful husband Raphael Farmer and my debut novel, Invisible Boys, being released were the highlights. 😍😍 Thanx heaps to each of you for being a part of this massive year. Your messages, reviews and photos this past few months have made my heart incredibly full. Thanx for supporting (and sometimes tolerating) me, my book, my writing, my penchant for talking about my dick, my entirely healthy obsession with Alanis Morissette, my Witcher song singing, my runaway ego and my neuroses, and my shameless shirtless gym selfies. πŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ˜…πŸ˜…

And here’s to the Roaring Twenties 2: Electric Boogaloo. Although sequels are usually worse, let us embrace the next decade with the same foolish optimism that I embraced Jumanji: The Next Level. It could be awesome, who knows? We should experience it first and decide later, right? πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈπŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

May this new year and decade bring you each growth, comfort, strength, opportunity, fucktons of fun, challenges, solutions, liberation, balance, and most of all, the doggedness and determination needed to build and live whatever kind of life you want. It’s yours and we don’t live on this planet for very long, so go on and do what you want before it’s too late. 🀘🀘🀘

Yours in unbridled fuckery,

Holden πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜œπŸ€™

Holden 2009 vs 2019

 

Author: Holden Sheppard

YA Author from Western Australia.

4 thoughts on “END OF A DECADE – 2009 vs 2019”

  1. I so relate, which is why I’d never go back to being young again. (Expect for the smooth skin.) It’s been amazing to follow your success, Holdenβ€”so looking forward to your next decade. Happy New Year and Decade! πŸ₯³

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