And welcome to a new decade (technically speaking, it's the end of the first decade of the 21st century, but oh fudge, I like even numbers)!
I'm thankful this awful decade is finally over. 2000 started off badly with a contentious election that further divided the country; 8 years of Bush; two wars that are still on-going; 9/11; worst economy downturn since the Great Depression... the list goes on and on.
That's not to say the 2000s were all bad. Personally, I had some great achievements. I became a professional writer. My novel was published in 2006. My family and I were in relatively good health. Financially I was comfortable. I had great adventures and fond memories.
Here's hoping for a great new decade!