Can you believe that it’s already December?? Christmas is less than a month away and it is mind blowing to me at how quickly this year went by. SERIOUSLY THOUGH, CAN YOU EVEN FATHOM THAT 2014 IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER??? Sorry for the caps lock, but this is crazy to me! I guess it’s true what they say though…time doesn’t stop for anyone.
With that being said, I really wanted to do a blog that honored this past year. Sometimes as life is passing us by, we forget to live in the moment and cherish what is happening around us. (Soooo cliche, but true!) In regards to 2013, there were many wonderful things that happened, as well as some not so great ones. There were moments of laughter and moments of tears; things that made our jaws drop in shock or shake our heads in disgust at. Let us now take a look into a few of the best and worst moments this year had to offer.
- Marriage Equality
Can I get a hell yeah for this one? Honestly, this has been a long time coming and I am so happy that not only the US but other countries around the world are finally legalizing gay marriage. I cannot wait until the day where gay marriage isn’t seen as something that is taboo in society, but as a norm! Seriously though! Why can’t people love who they wanna love??? Obama became the first president of the US to publicly promote his support of gay marriage this year. Illinois and Hawaii legalized it. New Mexico is going to pretty soon. 2013 was a huge step in the right direction for gay rights. #loveislove #noh8 #judgemeforusinghashtagsinablog
- Jennifer Lawrence
This girl is FLAWLESS. She swears like a truck driver, loves food, is super quirky and funny and everyone wants to either date her or be her. 2013 was the year of J-Law! Not only is she the star of the highly successful and lucrative Hunger Games franchise, but she also won an Oscar this year for her role in the dark comedy, Silver Linings Playbook. She’s seriously is just more awesome than I can even explain in one blog post…so I’m gonna move on.
- Pope Benedict resigns
Out with the old and in with the new!! Because Pope Benedict resigned his position as the leader of the Catholic Church, the world was introduced to probably the best pope in the history of this position, Pope Francis. Okay, no one can beat Pope John Paul II, but this guy is pretty close. Now, I am NOT a religious person AT ALL but this guy gives me hope for the future. First of all, he sneaks out at night to feed and minister the homeless. Secondly, he promotes social justice and mercy. And last but not least, he tries to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths. He truly is a gift from God.
- Royal baby
Don’t lie, you were obsessed with the royal baby just as much as everyone else. And if you say you weren’t, you’re lying. Kate Middleton gave birth to Prince George on July 22and literally that’s all every news outlet could focus on for about a week after. But it’s no wonder why: the Royal family is alwayssss in the spotlight. Plus William and Kate are like the Kim and Kanye of the UK.. Only way classier and less self-absorbed.
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- Natural Disasters
The typhoon in the Philippines, the deadly tornadoes in Illinois, and the Colorado wildfires….the list goes on and on. These uncontrollable forces of nature have negatively affected the lives of many different people throughout the world, leaving people to pick up the pieces in their aftermath.
- The surprising deaths of Paul Walker and Cory Monteith
A ton of well-known people have died this year, but none were more surprising than these two. Cory Monteith, star of the FOX show Glee, passed away this year at the age of 31 due to an accidental overdose on heroin and alcohol. The saddest part about his death was how hard the actor had tried to recover after being an addict since he was young. His relapse and consequent death shocked and saddened everyone. And just a few days ago, Hollywood lost another young movie star, Paul Walker. His claim to fame was starring in the hit movie franchise, the Fast and the Furious. Walker died in a single car crash at the age of 40 with former race car driver, Roger Rodas. Speed apparently was a factor in this tragic accident. Such a shame to see two young lives cut short by seemingly avoidable incidents.
- Miley Cyrus
Do I even need to explain why she is on this list??
- Abercrombie’s sexist, racist, and fat-shaming CEO
This guy is a tool. I can’t find the exact article online that I read a few months ago, but Mike Jeffries only wants “beautiful people” to wear his company’s clothing. That basically means if you’re not a white, size two female, or a super muscular, tan, and six foot tall male…you shouldn’t be wearing Abercrombie’s clothes. UHHHHHH, EXCUSE ME? Not too many people would be caught DEAD in anything Abercrombie anyways…so don’t put limits on who should be shopping at your store. Plus, Abercrombie is soooooo 2002! For more info on this creep of a CEO, check out the link below!
PS, anyone that doesn’t promote wearing the color black shouldn’t be trusted. Black is the best and most flattering color to wear, this guy obviously doesn’t understand fashion.
- Boston Marathon bombing
Such a horrific incident at this years Boston marathon where three people were killed and 200 + people were injured. Dozens of people suffered injuries so bad, they had to have arms and leg amputated just to survive. Two Islamic extremist brothers (whose names I refuse to post because they do not deserve any recognition) were found to be the masterminds behind this bombing. A manhunt began throughout Boston for these two, leading to a shootout between them and the police a few days later. One of the brothers died in this shootout, and the other remains behind bars awaiting a trial. He has pleaded (of course) not guilty to the charge of using a weapon of mass destruction and murder.
So overall, I think 2013 was a pretty good year. Even though there were a lot of ups and downs, I think it’s safe to say that the positive things definitely outweighed the negative. I hope that you all had a spectacular 2013, and even if you didn’t, 2014 is right around the corner. Make the most out of these last few weeks of the year and start planning on ways to make next year even better than this one!