In case you were unaware, a decennium is another word for decade; a period of ten years. Now is as good a time as any to reflect back on the last ten years as we approach the beginning of a new decennium with the year 2020 in just a few weeks time.
If I think back to ten years ago, the most vivid memory I have is when we celebrated the FIFA Soccer World Cup in South Africa in 2010. It was a time of great celebration and much excitement. It was a time when we were inundated with international visitors to our beautiful country. I felt proud to be a South African and I’m sure so did you.
There are too many important events that occurred over the last decade to mention here but I thought I’d share some more positive ones as we prepare ourselves to begin the next ten years with confidence and optimism.
The first iPad was released in April 2010 by Steve Jobs who was still CEO. Somehow it feels like it happened much earlier but it was less than ten years ago! It was an exciting time for everyone who got caught up in the frenzy of Apple’s brand new tablet.
A year later, in April 2011, 22.8 million people from all over the world, tuned in to watch the royal wedding of Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton. Today the royal couple are happily married with 3 children.
In July 2012, Gangnam Style went viral and became the most watched video ever and the first to hit over a billion views on YouTube. Everyone was doing the Gangnam horse-riding style dance moves that ignited a world-wide craze.
The ice bucket challenge became a hit in 2014 when millions shared recordings of themselves on Facebook dumping ice-water over each other. Over $115 million was raised for ALS awareness and research over this period, even leading to the discovery of an ALS gene!
In June 2015, same-sex marriage was legalized in all 50 states in the US, giving the gay-rights movement a long-sought victory.
Pokémon Go became a worldwide phenomenon in July 2016. People the world over downloaded the Augmented Reality game to their smartphones and played for days on end, driving around from place to place to battle and catch digital Pokémon creatures.
Fidget spinners took the world by storm in 2017, when people bought up millions of these spinning toys from every toy shop and convenience store.
We experienced a total solar eclipse in August 2017, when the moon blocked the sun and everyone was buying those disposable glasses. The next one is in 2024 if you missed it.
Another royal wedding took place, this time between Prince Harry of Sussex and Meghan Markle. The wedding took place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in May 2018. There were approximately 30 million TV viewers and 600 guests at the wedding itself.
The first photo of a black hole was captured by astronomers in April 2019. To me it looked like a close-up shot of a burning candle but it really was a huge moment in history.
I’d like to end off by wishing everyone a prosperous 2020. May the dreams you dream be the future you find!