This Post Is Not Bipolar.

Over the next few months, the sun’s magnetic field is going to reverse. This happens roughly every eleven years. It’s a significant event, cosmically speaking, but it doesn’t affect us at all like a bad SyFy disaster movie.

Rara says that every time this happens, every eleven years, it heralds huge changes in her life. I’m a big fan of the concept of circles, cycles, renewals, and the like, so this got me thinking about where I was eleven years ago, and where I’ll be next year.

Eleven years ago…  it was September of 2002. I was 29 years old, and I had no idea what the next eleven years would bring.

I was two months into employment with my current company. We had been given six weeks of training, so I was about two weeks into taking customer phone calls. I’m a UNIX systems administrator now, but I started out as a tier 1 technical support rep, and crawled my way up. In the eleven years since then, I’ve had six title changes, including one stint in management. I prefer solving problems to managing people, though.

I had just become single after breaking things off with someone who wasn’t a good fit for me romantically- this was an excellent judgement call though.  Eleven years later, she’s still one of my closest friends, and we’ve seen each other through a lot.

In 2002, my father had been remarried for a little over a year- he remarried at age 62, so I know there’s still hope for me. 2002 was just before my elder brother started dating the woman who is now his wife. It was before my other brother started dating his boyfriend, and they’ve been together now for roughly seven or eight years. In 2002, my oldest niece was twelve years old- she’s a high school teacher now.

2002 was before I bought my condo in South Florida, the one that I sold in 2011 just before I moved to Germany. 2002 was before I acquired my passport, and now I’ve been to fourteen countries, including living in Germany for the last two years.

Today, I’m forty years old and I’m roughly fourteen months away from a move back to the United States.  Anything could happen in the next year, though- and that’s the point.    Big changes are coming in the solar system, and I’m really curious to see where the next eleven years will take me.

Where were you eleven years ago? What do you think the next eleven years hold for you?


8 thoughts on “This Post Is Not Bipolar.

  1. 11 years ago I was married to my husband for 11 years, we have been married for 22 now. Our youngest daughter was in Kindergarten and I was just being led to a new career in teaching by being encouraged to go back to school. I have been teaching for 7-1/2 years now. 10 years ago my grandson was born to my oldest, 7 years ago my granddaughter was born, 6 years ago my husband had quintuple bypass surgery, 2 nephews married, 1 has had 2 children. 5 years ago my brother got divorced. 4 years ago we moved. 3 years ago my aunt passed away. My mother passed away 1 year ago, last week I was notified that I would be receiving a promotion. Births, deaths, marriages, divorces, moves, graduations, job changes, a lot has changed!


  2. I’ve been thinking of the sun flipping as we get closer to it. The changes for me have been significant in terms of heralding huge changes to come… but it was the major shifts in “what i knew to be true” that really make the 11 year cycle hit home for me. I guess we’ll just … see. 🙂

    Are you excited for your return to the states? 🙂


    1. I’m actively trying to not think about it TOO much, actually. I still have more than a year here, and if all I think about is going home, this will be a really long year.


  3. 11 years ago I was 13, so I remember little to nothing about significant changes, but this is super interesting and now I will probably be blaming everything in my life on the sun’s magnetic field reversing.


  4. Man, I read this entry this morning when I first got up and I’ve been thinking about it all day! It really got me thinking about my past and where I’ve been, what I’ve done and such. I realized that for a few hours there I literally could not remember what I was doing for a job in the latter part of 2002.

    I also didn’t realize I had known you that long! I knew some of this, but a LOT of it was unknown to me. Funny the things that happen in the spaces between people!

    I love your blog, I read every post, just never comment. Keep up the great writing and sharing your adventures with the world!


    1. Hi Jenn! I’m glad to see you’re still reading here, I miss your posts a lot.

      We first met at *least* sixteen years ago, but I don’t remember exactly when. It’s amazing to think that it’s been that long.


  5. That’s so interesting about the sun. I’d never heard that before!

    It truly is always interesting to look back on your life and think about so much that’s changed. 11 years ago, I was only a junior in high school. My goodness, how different my life is now! I wonder where the next shift will bring me…


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