With utter annoyance, I looked back at my last few days that just vanished. I was confined to bed due to some viral infection and my movement had been restricted. Plenty of pending office work, overflowing cupboards and unclean mirrors were teasing me. Been away from the routine for almost ten days and it seemed that bouncing back to the normal would require a lot of extra effort from me. And, these were only ten days.
When my friends Rashi and Manas came up with a blog hop, I literally jumped on the wagon. It was only after the revelation of the theme ‘Decade’ that I started feeling sick. Here the word sick doesn’t specifically refer to physically unfit. Yes, I was attacked by some viral infection and hence imprisoned in my room. What I want to say is that physical ailment is only one part of the story. Another ingredient, that makes it multi-dimensional, is the fear of looking back at the significant ten years that just passed. If I recall the personal achievements of the ‘gone’ ten years, nothing extraordinary occurs to my mind. There were some short-lived celebrity moments but I don’t register them as long term satisfaction. While many people are posting 10-year challenge pictures on social media, I’m struggling with my short-lived memory.
Meanwhile, to my surprise, the world is changed to a great extent. Great to the extent that I need not stress my mind to get the facts clear. The achievements of the world, as a whole, are quite visible in our daily lives. Sadly, not all of them are worth appreciating.
1) Climate Change
In the last few years, we have become used to the term ‘Climate Change’. Saving the environment was never considered an emergency until the last decade. Human development has turned the green environment into a hazard.
Yes, we are affected: Extreme weather conditions are making our lives unbearable. We are scared to eat fruits, drink milk and even breathe.
The explanation is in our celebrated inventions like industry and infrastructure that are creating havoc.
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Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 17, 2019
Today, our existence has become meaningless without internet. We want our smartphones and laptops connected to high-speed internet. Any failure, in any case, makes us furious. I’m one among you who can’t tolerate slow Internet.
The reason is quite simple. All our activities are now hovering in cyberspace. From wristwatch to telegram, everything is replaced by smartphones. The powerful by-product, Social Media has also revolutionized the way we interact.
3) Technology Blast
Technology has sneaked into almost every aspect of our lives. Communication, shopping, banking, commuting, almost all factors have become faster and easier than before. OTT platforms made us access our movies anytime and anywhere.
We are the Google-generation who can find answers to the queries instantly.
Keeping all benefits in mind, there’s a feeling that our dependence on technology has cut short our thinking ability.
..Well, maybe not and this is just a short-lived thought.
4) Media and Social Media
Well, Media needs a special mention here as it has shaped our lives the way nobody had ever expected. Get instant news as they break, buy-sell things and create a network of pals online. Woah, it has literally blown my mind but who cares anyway.
Today, our virtual friends and followers list is far bigger than real friends. The irony is that sometimes we don’t find anybody to talk to in actual life when the internet is down;)
5) Mental Health added as an important part of overall health
In the ten years that recently completed, we can see a lot of people talking about mental health issues frankly. Ten years ago, the definition of health included physical and mental health but usually, only physical health issues were addressed. Discussing mental health was considered a taboo. With the rise in psychological disturbances, the need to address these issues increased by a huge proportion. I am glad that even celebrities choose to express their thoughts on the significance of Mental Health.