2018 is here and can I be the first to say, where the hell is my youth going? I remember it being 2005 like it was yesterday. And now we are almost done the second decade in the 2000’s. What the heck man!?
We’ve done a lot of reflecting over the past few weeks about the past year as we plan for the year ahead. But we often forget about the years before that as if they barely happened. On top of focusing on the present, I reflected on what the heck actually happened in the last eight years, because time is flying by!
It was a big year. The Olympics were in Vancouver and the trend of comedians making hilarious jokes about their country realistically began (every games has done this since). Thank you, William Shatner, for that historical moment. The iPhone 4 was released, Justin Bieber was dominating the charts and jeggings became a thing.
Prince William and Kate got married, Amy Winehouse died, and Charlie Sheen’s meltdown began in full force. The US Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that banned open homosexuality in the armed forces was repealed thanks to President Obama. Gotye was literally blasted all over the radio and ironically, “Now your just somebody that I used to know,” because that was his only hit.
The Olympics took place in London, the Spice Girls reunited for the closing ceremonies, and Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian. Marvel’s The Avengers was released becoming one of the world’s highest grossing films. The Sandy Hook Shooting occurred and changed the way we discuss gun control on an international level. Windows 8 was released and Whitney Houston died. Oh, and the world didn’t end.
Lance Armstrong admitted to doping in all of his Tour De France wins, President Obama was inaugurated for his second term, and Miley Cyrus started her spiral out of control and ended up twerking on Robin Thicke at the MTV VMAs. Funny enough, “twerk” was added to the Oxford Diction and the New York Times dubbed 2013 as “Year of the Ass.” Otherwise, it wasn’t that bootylicious of a year.
Frozen was released and literally took the world by an ice storm. Alex from Target was a huge heartthrob (bet you didn’t think that was this long ago, did you?), the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was a huge thing, and Taylor Swift released 1989 and finally admitted she’s now a pop artist.
The world was introduced to Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair; breaking barriers for being the most public transgender story. Man buns became a huge fad that sadly hasn’t really ended yet, Zayn Malik left One Direction and Bill Cosby accusations were starting to come out but they were ultimately shut down. Oh, and Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president. L-O-Freaking-L.
Harambe died, along with a ton of celebrities (thank God Betty White is still kicking it), and Brangelina’s relationship died as well. Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in Paris, Pokemon GO was the biggest sensation of the summer, Beyonce made Lemonade and Donald Trump won.
Fidget spinners were a huge trend that shouldn’t have been, threats of nuclear war were literally everywhere, Trump somehow was still president, women took over the world and a lot of men’s dirty laundry were aired. Oh, and we all were obsessed with a song where we didn’t know the words to except for the title Despacito and half of the chorus.
Reflecting on all of this sure makes you feel old right? Like I said earlier, it’s crazy to remember all of these crazy weird news stories and trends and realize how long ago they came out. I kind of regret thinking about the past but it was a good way to show just how random the past eight years have been. I can’t wait to see what events will occur this year that will go down in history.
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