Happy New Year, mates. 2020. The beginning of a new decade. How did that happen? I absolutely cannot deny the fact that as I get older, each passing year seems to fly by more and more quickly. This one was practically a blink. With so much happening from day to day with the busy, overloaded lifestyles we all seem to lead, with so much on the news talking about the worst of humanity, it’s easy to lose track of not only time but to also forget about allowing yourself those moments of quiet reflection, time with family and friends or just taking much needed time to disconnect from everything and everyone around you to focus on your own wellbeing. So on the first day of 2020, it’s time to pause, reminisce, reflect and take stock on the decade gone by and look forward toward a new year of positive physical and mental health, personal goals and staying connected to the things that matter most. So read on for Pureman’s decade in review and new beginnings for 2020.
This past decade has been fraught with opinions. It’s been filled with tweets, posts and videos of people across the globe sharing their feelings, thoughts and gripes about everything from world leaders and climate change to Taylor Swift’s music rights and the Instagram 10 year challenge. But it’s also been a time for growth, heroism and global support. Though these only scratch the surface of news and events of the decade, let’s take a look at a few of the standouts.
- 33 miners are trapped underground in Chile. 69 days later each and every one is rescued.
- Steve Jobs introduces the IPad and a whole new world of tech begins.
- Environmental activist Peter Gray throws his shoes at former Prime Minister John Howard in an act of protest against his government’s involvement in the War in Iraq.
- Natural disasters abound, with New Zealand’s magnitude 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch and Japan’s magnitude 9 earthquake that causes a 30 foot tsunami and a power plant reactor to explode. Over 22,000 people are confirmed dead or missing.
- But with every negative story, there are also great stories. In Chicago, a homeless man donates thousands of dollars he had made panhandling to a mum and her 10 year old son who had been barely getting by living in a hotel room.
- Australia discovers a new dolphin species. Who doesn’t love dolphins?
- Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani schoolgirl, smashes headlines around the world after being shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for the right to go to school. She becomes a symbol of strength and courage against the repressiveness of the Islamist movement.
- Pope Benedict XVI gets a Twitter account.
- Vladimir Putin is elected as President of Russia…
- Prince George is born.
- Revolutionary, leader, philanthropist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nelson Mandela dies, leaving a legacy.
- The Australian Capital Territory is the first state or territory in Australia to legalise same-sex marriage.
- Malala Yousafzai receives the Nobel Peace Prize.
- President Obama declares that the USA would work toward restoring relations with Cuba by re-opening the embassy in Havana and allowing some travel to the country.
- The Victorian Supreme Court approves a $494.7 million payout to the victims of the Black Saturday bushfires.
- All 50 states in the USA officially legalised same-sex marriage.
- Donald Trump announces his decision to run for President.
- Justin Trudeau gives Canada a hip new vibe when he becomes Prime Minister.
- Donald Trump wins the Presidential election.
- Einstein’s Theory of Relativity is proven correct when scientists detect and record the first real evidence of gravitational waves. Space and time. Awesome.
- The Lorne Falls Festival turns nasty as over 60 people are injured and 19 are hospitalised during a human crush.
- The #metoo movement begins, giving a voice to sexual harassment and sexual assault survivors around the world.
- Same-sex marriage is legalised in Australia - finally!
- An inmate in a NSW’s correctional centre enlists the prison chaplain and fellow prisoners to donate money from their minimal wages to buy food for hungry children in their area, as a way to give back to the charity that was feeding his child in his absence.
- Female leadership is on the rise. Ethiopia elects its first female President. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden becomes the first female head of state to bring a baby to the UN General Assembly.
- An international rescue effort that included more than 90 divers sees 12 boys and their coach saved after they became trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand for 17 days.
- Prince Harry and Megan Markle tie the knot in a sort of real-life fairytale scenario.
- President Trump is impeached. So that happened.
- World_record_egg takes the top spot for most likes on Instagram this year. The brilliant Talkingegg.info came up with this awesome ad to get more eyes on mental health, where people can seek out organizations for support and to remind individuals of the pressures of social media and that it’s ok to seek help.
- A 16 year old Swedish school girl named Greta Thunberg inspires a global movement to fight climate change. And the world is talking.
These are simply a taste of the decade past. With everything the past decade brought to us, the good, the bad and the ugly, I believe we can see that human beings aren’t infallible. We make mistakes. A lot of them. But we’re innately good and ultimately, living healthy, quality lives and connecting with each other means so much. So as we begin 2020, remind yourself to take care of you. Acknowledge mistakes - yours and others’ - and then be better. Focus on your own health and growth as the awesome person that you are. Don’t allow yourself to fall into the trap of negative self talk that media can so easily breed. Connect with those around you, in person, not just online. Celebrate your wins and the wins that are shared all over the world. See 2020 as an opportunity to be the very best version of yourself. If everyone worked just a little bit on this everyday in 2020, imagine how amazing this world would be.
So, mates, from every mistake, we learn. For every blessing, we’re grateful. Let’s start this decade off with only positive vibes and endless possibility. Happy New Year.
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