New year; New decade: Things to remember from 2019

The rollercoaster that is 2019 has almost reached the end of its ride. It has been a rocky one, with thrilling highs and brutal lows. Not to mention, the entire 2010’s decade has been aggressively more eventful in itself.

From the 2010 Haitian earthquake, to the granting of equal marriage rights for all in 2015, to the presidential election of a former reality T.V. star in 2016, to the release of the final Avengers movie earlier this year, the 2010’s were a whirlwind. As our community travels into 2020, it’s important to remember -- in some instances, forget -- some of the 2019 trends that one can learn from.

My first lesson I’ve learned from 2019 is that everyone’s voices do actually matter, but sometimes we could use nicer ones.

It’s no joke that polarization in America is pretty widespread, especially due to politics. Every day, tweets between leaders, and sometimes-biased headlines display the insensitive comments that we have begun to make towards each other. Whether it’s an issue dealing with social issues, economic differences or anything of the like, it’s become a more common practice to forget the humanity of those opposing. It’s important to call out issues with others’ statements or actions, but not through personal attacks. As a human race, it’s just in the DNA to shut down and block others out when feeling threatened or offended, and nothing will be accomplished if everyone feels that way due to the way we treat others who oppose us.

Going off of that idea, I’m brought to my next observation, which is essentially the reminder

that things, or people, that are simply different, are not any less real and valid.

Keeping with the same topic of the political arena, for example, I see this issue with the discussions around immigration in our communities. There is no doubt that the immigration system in America is one that needs some kind of repair, but another issue as a whole is created when we take the humanity away from immigrants, simply because they are coming from cultures and areas different than this one.

It’s imperative to always remember that there are simply just humans on each side of an issue, regardless of what one’s opinions or beliefs on the subject could be.

On a completely different, and final, note, my arguably most important takeaway from this past year, is that “Fortnite” should not be a trend anymore. The graphics are not amazing, the game sucks money out of young players who simply want to buy new “skins” and the dances are plainly, extremely cringey. There is an abundance of exponentially better options, such as my good old pal “Minecraft”.

So, all in all, as the community moves into a new year, and a new decade, it’s crucial that we speak with kindness, realize the humanity of every issue and person we deal with and I better not see another “Fortnite” dance in 2020.

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