My big revelation after marriage is how self-centered I am (second only to the fact that my wife always seems to be right). It wasn’t earth-shattering, but it was big. I never thought I was self-centered. In fact, I thought I was a living saint and great company. But that probably has more to do with the fact that I have been very good at befriending and dating nice people who don’t like confronting others, so I could always do whatever I wanted and no one would ever make the point that my actions or decisions were selfish.
But then I got married to my wife, who, like the honey badger, don’t give a shit about my occasional fifteen-year-old-ways and calls me out on these things. It is never easy hearing something like that, especially from your partner in crime, and futile protests aside, what it really means is that I should be taking a pause while my world gets turned on its head. Here are the results of my pause:
If you were to ask me how I remember 2007, I thought I’d be able to paint a picture of the world that anyone else would also recognize. Not so self-centered, right? So I did just that and asked myself what are ten memories I associate with 2007. I looked up TIME magazine’s top ten news stories during that year as a point of reference.
I’m certain that if someone saw my list, they would focus on either the Virginia Tech shooting or the Spurs sweeping the Cavs to determine the year. I tried really hard to come up with general news or current events from that year, but that was the best I could do. It’s as they say: #1 in your heart, #1 on the chart. What they also say is the wife’s always right.
And just for fun:
TIME’s Person of the Year 2007: Vladmir Putin (how do you feel about that now, TIME??)
My Person of the Year 2007: my ex-girlfriend
I guess neither of us were big winners there.