The Roaring Twenties (Part 2)

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Allie Weber

The decade is ending, so there’s a lot to look back on. But, because a new one is beginning, there’s a lot to look forward to (Photo courtesy of Allie Weber).

As we say farewell to 2019, we may find ourselves looking over the past year and all of the memories and events that helped shape our lives. But, this time is different. Not only are we waving goodbye to another year, but we are also saying goodbye to a decade and saying hello to a new one: The Roaring Twenties (Part 2). 

It’s difficult to think that our childhood is truly over, because it does still feel like it’s looming around. However, in the next ten years, we will be graduating from high school, graduating from college, getting married, having kids, and beginning the rest of our lives. Even though it feels light-years away, it’s closer than you think.

“I am most excited about graduating from both high school and college. I’m ready to get my life together,” said junior Ana Sallurday. 

In the next decade, we will all be graduating high school and college and saying hello to our careers, which most of us are very unsure about. This thought can be paralyzing, especially since we are leaving everything familiar behind. We have been in school for the past 16 or so years of our lives. Moving away from home to a new place with new people is petrifying, but there’s no doubt in my mind that if we did it once we can do it again. 

“I am very much excited to graduate high school and go to culinary school, so I can learn how to cook better,” said sophomore Catherine O’Bryan. 

Technology sky-rocketed in this past decade, with the newer iPhones, laptops, TVs, and basically anything else you can think of. It’s going to be interesting to watch how the brands we know, love, and grew up with will advance into something new and exciting. In decades past, people have always thought this age would bring the flying car, and this time around, it may actually happen. 

“I’m actually looking forward to seeing the Tesla stock grow, and the company itself grow. I really want to see how the company evolves with the new technological advances,” said junior Corey Golec.

Chances are within the next decade, we will become witnesses to the always-changing world of politics. With the upcoming election in 2020 that some of us can now participate in, whoever is elected will ultimately control the future of the United States for the next few decades. Party views might change slightly, or possibly intensify, and we also might see some peace between sides. Blue states may turn red, and red turn blue. This decade could lead to economic prosperity. Hopefully history won’t repeat itself and we won’t have another depression. 

“I’m anxious to see how South Carolina advances. I think we are more traditional, so it will be interesting to see if we ‘loosen up’ a little in terms of politics,” said Brashier art teacher Shannon Glasow. 

The truth is that no one will know what is going to happen, so regardless if our families, careers, technology, or country grow, I hope we can all see some personal growth. We are slowly but surely becoming young adults and with this age comes great responsibility. I hope any bad habits are left behind, and I hope we are no longer afraid of failure or speaking our minds. I hope we can all grow in ways that are best for us so that we are able to live the lives we were meant to live and achieve all of the goals and dreams we have for ourselves. As F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “I hope you live a life you’re proud of.”