Our Take: Focus on positive change that defines our decade

 

As the 2010’s inches forward to its demise, we look back on the questionable music released (looking at you “Starships” by Nicki Minaj,) shows that defined our childhood, and the now-outdated technology that would entertain us for hours. 

Moving into the age  of never-ending, outrageously priced Apple products, the gradual presence of Amazon in our day-to-day lives, and the rise of influencers and Instagram models, the past ten years have been substantially different.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Ten years ago, we were heading to elementary school, excited for the day that lie ahead of us. Holidays were exciting; we looked forward to dressing up in extravagant costumes for Halloween and presents during the festive season. Free time was spent outdoors, playing with our best friends, who all lived in the neighborhood.

Now, the focus is on all the bad things that have happened over the years. Gone are the days of unchecked excitement; The pressures of standardized testing, getting into a good college and finding a job (in this economy?) are too real. We must be cautious and careful when going to class; the events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have hit close to home and left a long lasting impact.

The burgeoning pressure of climate change has become a heavy burden on current ages to solve the current environmental status; an issue that grew and snowballed over the years. 

For some, the prospect of starting a family, or finding your soulmate seems out of reach and so far away. People are busy with their own lives and spending genuine time with friends and family is rare.

This decade has brought upon many hardships, which can be depressing. However, when taking a look at the overall time period, the mood gets a little brighter after acknowledging the progress and strides we have made regarding social issues. 

The #MeToo movement and the growth of feminism among young girls all around the world have empowered women and raised awareness for equality as well as promoting the end of sexual harassment and abuse. 

Black Lives Matter has also made a significant appearance in the 2010’s. Inequality against African-Americans and protests against systemic racism have been louder and broader. The LGBT+ community also celebrated history when same-sex marriage was legalized in 2015. The ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges applied for all states moving forward.

Furthermore, students and staff have the future to work for. We envision a future at college or at their dream job. In the coming years, students will be able to experience the real world, which can be full of exhilarating moments. Within the next decade, we will become the next generation of doctors and lawyers, make new questionable songs, and overall learn from our past years.

Of course looking in the past can be sad, but the future is where we can make the most change, both in our lives and society. The 2010’s coming to an end is simply the start to a whole new chapter. 

 

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