In about 24 hours, clocks around the globe will strike midnight and the year 2010 will be no more. Where did the decade go? I often sit and wonder how on earth I have made it this far…heck, I wonder how it is possible that so many others are still around today. In this last decade, we have seen a number of life-changing events… According to ListVerse, some of the top 10 defining moments of the first decade of the new millennium included the election of the Nation’s first black President (Obama, who is actually biracial); nature’s catastrophic events such as Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake, and Climate Change throughout the world; the events of September 11, 2001; the currency change and adaptation of the Euro; and the launch of Facebook; among several others.
The years 2000 through 2010 were like an emotional roller coaster for many people. One moment we were cheering on the changing of the leadership from one president to the next but then despairing over the BP oil volcano. We have watched as popular icons like Michael Jackson and Farah Fawcett, Patrick Swayze, Tim Russert and Soupy Sales; Happy Days’ most popular father, Tom Bosely and Different Strokes’ star, Gary Coleman passed away. Not to mention Hollywood writers like Stephen J. Cannell, famous for 21 Jumpstreet and the A-Team, died just this past year. Was it their time to go? Perhaps.
But this decade was also different in more ways than one… we have seen the Internet evolve into a community all its own. From social media giants Facebook and Twitter, to Myspace and beyond, communications online have helped win elections, shape popular opinion, and created more volume in information than the minds’ eye could ever fathom.
This decade has also seen a re-emergence of pride and prejudice (no, not the book) through the corporate-sponsored Tea Party. Creationism and evolution have made it back to the foreground as if new subject matter altogether. Beyond that, Mayan Prophecies begin to weigh on the minds of those who believe the end is near. Of course the film, 2012 catapulted onto the big screen right in time to feed the fear and angst over a certain impending doom. We also saw many a man (and woman) fall from societal grace. Among those celebrity mug shots included Mel Gibson, Robert Downy, Jr., Mickey Rourke and Parris Hilton.
Besides major peanut butter and spinach recalls, we learned that foods were being genetically modified and who would ever thought that cows could go mad? Not really, but Mad Cow Disease was on everyone’s thoughts as they ordered hamburgers and other beef products for consumption.
In between all of the events that have taken place during the first decade, one must wonder how we made it through it all. If we didn’t catch bird flu, we were certainly doomed to get swine flu…and sadly, some did and died from these illnesses.
Fear was the big ticket that drove gas prices up to over four dollars per gallon and the close economic collapse of 2007 nearly bankrupted the nation. So here we are. We have made it through another year…another decade. Between the hilarity of Tina Fey and the new healthcare reform bill, we have seen a lot, you and I. The world has changed and surely you have, too. Where are you? What are you doing and where do you plan to go? I cannot say without a shadow of a doubt that the world will not end in 2012, but neither can Fireflies (Good song by the way). What I can tell you is that in 10 years, we have all surely watched a friend or family member pass away; perhaps we have moved onto other jobs, or maybe we have met the love of our lives. Whatever the case may be, we are alive and kicking… what’s next on your itinerary for the next year…the next decade? It is never too late to recalculate your next move. Until then…see you on the flipside of 2011! Happy New Year!
By CarolAnn Bailey-Lloyd – Social Media Sorceress
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