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See you next decade

The Henry Hype

With the New Year right around the corner comes the reality that we’re entering a new decade.

We’re no longer in the 2010s. We’re now entering the roaring 2020s.

When I realized this a few months ago, it came as quite a shock. I don’t think the significance of what next year means really hit me until I heard someone say we were in the last few months of this decade.

Where have the years gone? How is it possible we’re already 20 years into the 2000s? It feels like just yesterday I was staying up late on New Year’s Eve to ring in 2000, and hearing people worry about Y2K. I don’t think another event will be quite like that one, but there’s always the chance.

We’ve come a long way in that time, and we’ve still got so much more to look forward to.

One of the aspects I’, anticipating is looking back on the popular movies, songs, shows, and other pop culture aspects of the past 10 years. With the decade officially coming to an end, these posts and discussions have even more appeal because it reminds me of subjects I may have forgotten about.

Instead of reminiscing 2019, we’re hearing about events that happened as far back as 2010.

When my friends and family started taking part in the 10-year challenge, which had them posting photos comparing their current-day selves to their 2009 pictures, it really got me thinking. I was in high school at that time, and was still figuring out what I wanted to do when I grew up. People were constantly asking me what career I saw myself in, and expecting me to have well thought out answers when I barely knew how I was going to get through my exams.

I didn’t really picture life outside of high school, because it wasn’t a reality for me at the time. I did know I wanted to write, and that I was going to apply for the journalism program at the local college. But, that was about all that I knew.

Even now, people ask me where I see myself in the future and it’s just a big blank for me. I’m so busy focused on the here and now that the thought of it being another 10 years in the future makes me panic a little. It’s that thought that makes me hate this time of the year, but I try not to think about it too much.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy new year.