It’s not just 2010 that’s winding down, but the first decade of the millennium. Looking back, what are the things that stand out for you? What lessons learned and memorable experiences will you bring with you into 2011? Sometimes, just one event can change a person’s life completely—and maybe other peoples’ lives too. For example, if Sir Alexander Fleming had been better about doing his dishes, maybe he would never have discovered penicillin. And when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, did she know she would become the “mother of the freedom movement?”
This quote from Dickens pretty much sums up the idea:
That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But, it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.
—Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
While we’re on the topic of memorable moments, here is an interesting video from Google about the hot topics we searched for in 2010:
Well, enough about looking back. What about looking forward? According to our current poll, 61% of you will make New Year resolutions. A commendable endeavor, certainly; but the hard part is sticking to them…we’d love to hear about your progress! And while you’re compiling your lists, we’d like to suggest you take a look at our ideas from last year for making a difference.
In the meantime, all of us here at Youthink! wish you a very happy new year!