What Has The Last Decade Meant To You?

The reactions to the passing of time is as different as there are people. As we move from the decade of the 2010s and into the 2020s, consider what it has meant to you.

A lot can happen in 10 years. While there have undoubtedly been highs and lows, joys and sorrows, is there a lesson you can take from the decade as a whole?

Certainly a lot happened on a global or international scale. From the global economic slowdown to start of the 2010s, to the growing environmental crisis, it is obvious the world is increasingly interconnected. And increasingly threatened.

And yet, on an individual level the story may differ, perhaps even drastically. Moreover, trying times can often trigger personal growth. While the world may have struggled in the last 10 years, the lesson we take from that struggle may well be hopeful.

How would you write the story of the last 10 years? Would it be positive or negative? How might that impact the next 10 years? What has the last decade meant to you?

Related questions: What is the best of the decade? Who is your MVP for the year? What is time? How have you changed? What is your five year prediction? Ten?

What Is The Best Of The Decade?

From music to TV to books to movies, there’s a lot of content available. And that’s not taking into account science, politics, or sports. Among everything you have experienced in the last decade, what is the best?

Share why if you wish.

What Makes A Friendship?

When you connect with someone else, it can feel like magic. The start, and the deepening, of a friendship can feel both natural and exhilarating.

And yet, defining what exactly “friendship” means is not easy. For example, you want some common interests, or you won’t have a similar frame of reference. On the other hand, you can’t be too similar, or else you have nothing to learn from each other.

Similarly, in order to be friends, you need to enjoy each other’s company. So both have to be interesting (at least to each other), but one can’t overshadow the other.

You might have a friend who doesn’t like the same music as you. Or movies, or books, or TV shows. A friend might have a completely different job, or marital status, or be in a different economic tier. Or be a different height, have different skin color, or hail from a different religion or political party.

So what is necessary for friendship to arise between two people? And what is needed for that friendship to grow and strengthen? What makes a friendship?

Related questions: What makes a good friend? What qualities do you look for in a friend? Who are your most interesting friends? How can we become better listeners?

 

What Are We Responsible For?

This Sunday’s question comes from regular reader Meagan, who asks: What are we responsible for?

One of the most important parts of become an adult is determining, and performing, your responsibilities. Paying your bills, doing your laundry, stocking your refrigerator, and so on.

However, beyond our individual responsibilities are the societal ones. Determining what exactly we, collectively, are responsible for is much more challenging.

In the first place, there is the issue of scope. Are we only responsible for ourselves? Our families? Or zoom out a bit. Do we bear any responsibility for our country, our species, or our ecosystem?

Additionally, there is the problem of impact. Should we consider ourselves responsible for something we have little control over? Do I bear any responsibility for the human race, when I have limited control over the vast majority of it? And how much responsibility do I have over my genetics, over which I have little control?

There is a fine balancing act in place in this regard. It can be easy to take on so much responsibility that it becomes impossible to act. However, feeling some sense of larger responsibility can lead to inspiration, which can lead to positive societal change.

How do you find that balance? When you think about your responsibilities, what are they? Do we have a collective responsibility?

Related questions: What are our responsibilities to others? What makes a community?  How much power does an individual have? What are you doing to make the world a better place? What is the greatest problem facing humanity?