31st December 2019 was the last day of the last teen decade. The century is adulting, and it’s been a hell of a ride so far. From shared dreams to civil unrest, from jelly nails to clean beauty, from golden moments in sports to abysmal time of fear and loath – 2019 saw it all and emerged through triumphant. It’s time to sum up the by-gone year. Let’s take a different route this time. Let’s find the greatest of moments when beauty lit up the stage and shone the brightest.
Here are 8 such moments that made 2019 truly beautiful, and worth living for.
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To those who question my so called “opinions”, I would once again want to refer to page 108, chapter 2 in the SR1,5 IPCC report released last year. There you’ll find our rapidly declining CO2 budgets. This is not opinions or politics. It’s the current best available science. All we’re saying is unite behind the science and listen to the scientists. Either you stand behind the Paris Agreement and the IPCC, or you don’t. In this case there’s no middle ground. You must include the full picture. As explained in my speech at the US Congress. Link in bio!
The Greta Effect
When we were busy creating our bubbles and living in them, a 15-year-old girl from Sweden was trying to shake off of our sweet dreams by holding school climate strikes. Greta Thunberg’s soulful speech in the United Nation Climate Action Summit made the world turn towards her message. That we dared to practically ruin the planet we live in, that we dared to leave nothing for our future generations. The good thing is whether we like it or not, ‘the change is coming’.
Make Way For The Quin
Or maybe the change is already here! Teddy Quinlivan became the face of Chanel Beauty as the first transgender model who came out openly about her sexuality. And she has a strong message for all of us: it’s our job (note the word here, not a choice but ‘job’) to stand up and push on when the world shows its ugly face to us.
The Dutee Of It
The Odisha-born athlete had a golden sprint in 2019. She’s the national record holder of 100m sprint and has won several gold medals for India in different International track and field arenas. And yet she became the talk of the nation when she publicly admitted her same-sex relationship. Hell broke loose but India will forever remember the beautiful moment when a young athlete embraced her sexual choice and made a statement.
Biles 2.0: When You’re Your Only Competition
Simone Biles won five golds in the World Championship in 2019 which made her the most decorated gymnast in the history of the tournament. What’s more? She had two more signature moves, ‘Biles II’ and ‘Biles’ named after her.
The World Is Not Enough
A seven-hour and seventeen minutes’ walk and astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir paved the path for every aspiring women astronauts to dream big. With them walking outside the International Space Station, NASA completed its first-ever all-female spacewalk.
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"Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019. The author of nine books of poetry, several plays and children's books, and a memoir, Crazy Brave, her many honors include the Ruth Lily Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, a PEN USA Literary Award, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund Writers’ Award, a Rasmuson US Artist Fellowship, two NEA fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Harjo is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and is a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she is a Tulsa Artist Fellow." Text: https://www.joyharjo.com/ Photo: Paul Abdoo . . . . . #santafenm #santafetrend #trendmagazine #trendmagazineglobal #poetry #poets #poet #joyharjo
The Joy Of Being Native
Joy Harjo became the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States. That makes her the first native American poet in the history to hold the honour. Hailing from the Muscogee Creek Nation, she’s the proof that walls or no walls, it’s the root where one has to return.
Celebrating Menstruation, Big Time, Like At Oscars!
No more hush-hush, no more shying away from the fact that women bleed, every month. ‘Period, End of Sentence’, which talks about the taboos, social stigma and difficulties of menstruating women in rural India won the Oscar for the best documentary short. Period.
Be More, Love More, Hate Less
It was no surprise when the U.S. Women’s National Team won its fourth World Cup. But it was a historical moment when the entire stadium chanted ‘equal pay’ in solidarity of the team’s long term demand to stop gender discrimination. To borrow the team’s captain Megan Rapinoe’s speech, it’s our responsibility to make this world a better place. Indeed.
In the face of all kinds of repression women stood up worldwide. The voice is now being heard loud and clear. And that’s the beauty of it. How’s this to start the New Year with? Happy 2020.