I've been noticing quite a few posts on social media involving the '10 year challenge'. It's basically a comparison using images of how things have changed (or not) from ten years ago.  It's been popular on places like Facebook especially at the beginning of a new year.

In most cases, people post pictures of themselves to highlight the changes the past decade has brought them.  In some cases a few more gray hairs or a few more pounds are apparent.  In other cases a few may have taken a resolution to heart a few years ago and now they look outstanding.

I really like the creative memes that some folks have posted.  I especially like the one that compares eyesight from ten years ago versus the blurry eyesight of an older person. Obviously, this one is from three years ago.

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Not only are people changing, but the world around us has changed quite a bit over the past ten years.  I'm talking about the landscape around us.  Take a drive through East Texas and you'll notice new businesses that have popped up in just the past year.

I thought it would be interesting to put our area to the 10 year challenge.  More specifically, I wanted to see some of the differences in Lufkin over the past decade.  So I started browsing through some of the Google Maps of the past 8 to 13 years and noticed a ton of differences from then and now.

Take a look at some of the BEFORE and NOW pictures that I have put together. I think the 10-year difference that strikes me the most is how a picturesque private home with trees has now become one of busiest restaurant parking lots in the area.

 

Lufkin, Texas - 10 Year Challenge

The 10-year challenge is getting quite the attention on social media. Let's take a look at how certain areas around Lufkin have changed over the past ten years or so.