The decade // 2010 – 2019

5,259,492 Minutes

3,652.425 Days

521.775 Weeks

120 Months

10 Years

1 decade

It truly is the end of an era. The decade of the 2010s is coming to an end. It is the start of a whole new part of our lives. For many of us, this last decade has been our journey from being a child to becoming a full grown adult.

What are you looking at?

Time passing us by.

Let’s take a moment to look at how time passed us.

2010

South Africa hosted the FIFA World Cup and so, school children were blessed with an extremely long winter vacation. I distinctly remember the feeling of absolute happiness that our country was united under.

This year also marked the beginning of my fangirl crazes, Justin Bieber released Baby and so, an army of Beliebers were born.

2011

This year saw the last Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows:Part 2 being released. The magic didn’t end there because Hogwarts is always there to welcome you home whether you go back by page or by film but it was the end of the Harry Potter franchise directed by David Yates.

For R60 a month you could purchase BIS for your BlackBerry where you could use BBM and roam the internet without worrying about data.

2012

Everyone thought the world was going to end in 2012 but (much to everyone’s disappointment?), the earth continued to rotate on its axis.

2012 was also the year that gave us Psy’s Gangman Style.

I also said goodbye to another one of my fandoms as on 16 December 2012, Breaking Dawn: Part 2 was released. It had all of us shook in the movies when we saw all of our favourite characters getting “killed” in the final fight, but (as it usually ends with movies), they lived happily ever after.

2013

This year saw the birth of Electronic Dance Music being hyped be teenagers and Avicii had us singing “WAKE ME UP WHEN IT’S ALL OVER, WHEN I’M WISER AND I’M OLDER”. I’m twenty but I don’t think I’m wiser or older yet.

5 December 2013 ~ in loving memory of Nelson Mandela. The world lost an icon but his legacy will forever be a part of South Africa’s history.

2014

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge brought awareness to people who have ALS which is nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function. Everyone around the world took part in this challenge.

The Adidas Superstar was also relaunched this year so if you went to Rosebank on a Saturday, you’d spot all of your friends wearing one.

2015

This year saw the rise of #FeesMustFall which were protests headed by university students after universities announced the increase in fees. The protests resulted in no university fee increased in 2016, R800 million in property damage (as according to Wikipedia) and increased government funding for universities.

The dress. Was it blue and black or was it white and gold? I guess we’ll never know.

This was also the year that Zayn Malik broke every Directioner’s heart when he left One Direction.

2016

This was the year that America elected Donald Trump as their 45th President. The world continues to wonder why ???

Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar which was highly anticipated after the Wolf of Wall Street.

In 2016, we also came closest to world peace when Pokémon Go was launched when the whole world was engrossed in this game.

2017

Moonlight won the Oscar for best picture but only after the presenters read out “La La Land” as the recipient for the award. Everyone was astounded that such a big error was made on the Oscars stage.

Everyone got a fidget spinner.

2017 saw the first full solar eclipse in a century (but it couldn’t be seen in South Africa unfortunately).

2018

Jacob Zuma resigned as the president of South Africa after nine years in power and was replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa.

It was a year of marriage as Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh got married and Nick Jonas even married Priyanka Chopra much to everyone’s surprise.

2019

The Bokke made us proud when South Africa won the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Minutes before the final whistle blew, South Africa was already being engraved onto the cup. The feeling of absolute pride was unmatched.

My social media has been filled with “end of the decade” posts (but I think it’s pretty overhyped). These posts honestly make me so nostalgic. I heard old songs and saw my favourite celebrities grown up (they’re married and some of them even have kids). I then realised that we’re grown up and it’s time to move on in our lives because we are now the future and it’s up to us to make it worth while.

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