Another year has ended, this one takes on a special meaning because we are closing out a decade.  I’m looking forward to 2020, it has such a nice ring to it.  All the 20-teens were sort of cumbersome.  (kinda like the teens in life, I guess) 

If you were born on February 29, get ready to party, 2020 is a leap year, Happy Birthday!  

You know who else is really happy about 2020?  Every optometrist you’ve ever met.  I mean what could be better.  ‘2020 looking a little blurry? Check out our new clean vision lenses, you’ll see 2020 clearly in no time.’   OK, this doesn’t mean you will see into the future for the year but maybe your reading vision will be better.  I can hardly wait for the ad campaigns. Really, it is priceless.

This last decade we’ve had royal weddings, and royal babies, in that order as opposed to celebrities that seem to have the order reversed.  Brad and Angela finally married after nine years and six kids, only to get divorced two years later.  Celebrities gave children unique names, like North, Gravity and  Pilot Inspektor which is almost as strange as Zuma Nesta Rock.  Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn Jenner, didn’t see that coming.

On the health front:  Fat was demonized until ‘healthy’ became synonymous with ‘tastes like cardboard’. Now fat loaded avocados are the new savior in health trends. (go figure) Coffee is good unless you are spending your retirement fund at Starbucks.  Let’s hear it for Happy Hour, turns out a glass of wine can be a good thing. 

While everyone held their breath, Captain ‘Sully’ Sullenberger successfully landed his plane in the Hudson River.  We watched as his passengers lined up on the wings waiting for rescue.  Not a single passenger was lost.  Sully earned his hero standing.   

Let’s hear it for Simone Biles who wowed us in the 2016 Summer Olympics, with four gold metals as she led the American Gymnastic Team to gold.  

On the other hand, apparently we ran out of ideas for television programming.  Television has become a vast wasteland of reality TV.  Does anyone believe the Kardashians, or the Bachelor have anything to do with reality?  I know people who enjoy The Voice, but come on, four times a week? The masked singer? What is that all about? 

We don’t watch shows with  ‘judges’, you know the snarky guys who get all puffed up telling contestants they are a failure.  It makes me uncomfortable and embarrassed in my own living room.  Nothing says fun TV like public humiliation, when did that become entertainment?  

Maybe all this ‘judging’  is why people seem to think it’s OK to pass judgement or rant on social media whenever anything is posted they don’t agree with.  Apparently being offended is a new status symbol, so everyone wants in on it.  What ever happened to ‘if you can’t say something nice, don’t say any thing at all.’.  

In keeping with the times, this decade saw bashing gain in popularity, Baby Boomers bash Millennials for their lifestyle, the Millennials accuse the Baby Boomers of destroying the world they wanted. Meanwhile the Silent Generation just shake their collective heads.   

 No matter which team you were cheering for, politics gave us something to complain about, and we did, often and loudly. Only eleven more months of campaigning before we caste our ballots and have something new to complain about.  

I vote we say goodbye to this decade and move into 2020.  Our perfect 2020 theme song should be  – “I Can See Clearly Now”.  It sums up the last few years and promises things will get better.  

Sing along with me!

 

I Can See Clearly Now 

Johnny Nash

I can see clearly now the rain is gone

I can see all obstacles in my way

Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind

It’s gonna be a bright (bright)

Bright (bright) sunshiny day

It’s gonna be a bright (bright)

Bright (bright) sunshiny day

I think I can make it now the pain is gone

All of the bad feelings have disappeared

Here is that rainbow I’ve been praying for

It’s gonna be a bright (bright)

Bright (bright) sunshiny day

Look all around, there’s nothing but blue skies

Look straight ahead, there’s nothing but blue skies

I can see clearly now the rain is gone

I can see all obstacles in my way

Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind

It’s gonna be a bright (bright)

Bright (bright) sunshiny day

It’s gonna be a bright (bright)

 

Happy New Year!   

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  1. Tricia
    Tricia says:

    Great summary, i never thought Angelina deserved Brad. I stayed firmly in the Jennifer Aniston camp. As for TV, I couldn’t agree more, maybe that’s why I’m watching the 17th season of NCIS. Well that and the fact that Mark Harmon’s still got it!

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