By Chris Jones

I’ve been trying to wrap my mind around the fact that we’re on the cusp of 2020. Truth be told, I’m still in denial that 1990 was 30 years ago (that was 1970, right!) and the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in my lifetime happened 20 years ago. Remember when we were kids and it felt forever between birthdays? As an adult, time seems to move at a mind-boggling rate of speed.

But time waits for no one. That’s what they say anyway. And though my growing fear of hearing A Tribe Called Quest and Stone Temple Pilots on the “Hits of Yesterday” station hasn’t happened, it will. Last month at my annual eye exam, my optometrist said that while I’ve had no noticeable change in vision, I may want to think about reading glasses. Over the summer, I spotted two gray hairs near my temple while brushing my hair. The 2020s may be the decade where both Pharrell and I show a little more of our true age.

If this new decade moves as rapidly as the last two, by 2030 my boys will be adults and my daughter will be in high school. My wife and I will be celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary, and I’ll be over 50 (but that’s the new 30 they say, so we’re good). Mind. Blown.

In retrospect, my family and I have made a lot of great memories over the past 10 years. From new babies to new house, it’s been a wild ride. And now that my kids are growing up and pursuing their own interests, I know that our escapades will only be that much more exciting.

With that, I say cheers to a new year, a new decade and new family adventures. May you age with grace and your next 10 years be full of happiness, love and prosperity.