30 October 2007

Ten Twenty Thirty Meme

I'm going to consider myself tagged by Kathy whether I actually have been or not.

The meme asks what were you doing 10, 20, 30 years ago. Thirty years ago!? What? Has time gone that quickly? Yes, I know it's trite but I really think it was only yesterday that I was in university.

In October 1997, I was living in London with my Wonderful Husband and we'd been married for five years. I'd spent two years working for a company that's now called
Mercer Investment Consulting and things were just about to get fun. No, really. My team was in flux. Investment consulting in the pension context as a discipline was brand new. The department was small and everyone had to do a little bit of everything. I was doing exciting work in the UK and on the continent and things would get really exciting in 1999.

In October 1987, I had just finish a one-year post-graduate course (translation in American: a graduate course) in European Economic History at
College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium at the age of 30 and was working in Brussels for a firm of American stockbrokers who shall remain nameless. The stockmarket crash of 1987 made life difficult and we were being pressured to sell things in a way that I thought was unethical. Needless to say, I didn't stay there very long!

In October 1977, I was Junior at
Georgetown University studying theology. I'd gone there to study in the School of Foreign Service, but ended up falling in love with theology. Here you can see where the interest in theology and in international affairs meets. I loved studying theology. I felt like a total fish out of water at Georgetown but I made some friends who I'm still in contact with. I found being a 20 year old difficult and I'm much happier to be 50!

Edited to add the tags! I tag: Fat Prophet, Dave and Michael


Beyond Words said...

Your life is so interesting! Thanks for being a good sport with this meme. Sorry I got your link wrong the first time.

Michael Westmoreland-White said...

Interesting. 10 Years ago (Nov. 1997), I was teaching theology and ethics at a Catholic university (the only Protestant faculty member of the religion dept.), and philosophy at a community college in Louisville, My wife was an interim pastor and our oldest daughter was 2--younger one not born yet. It was a VERY good time.

20 years ago (Nov. 1987), I was in the middle of my M.Div. studies and had just met my future wife--although I hadn't yet begun to date her or even realize how attracted I was to her. I was also deeply involved in resisting the Reagan empire nonviolently--which took much time.

30 years ago (Nov. 1977), I was a high school student, long-haired surfer, living in Atlantic Beach, FL. The mid to late '70s were a great time to be a teen--Vietnam was over, Carter was president, and except for disco the world seemed to have very little evil!

PamBG said...

Thanks, Michael.