Welcome to the last day of 2018! What a year it has been! Some truly amazing things have happened this year. It’s time for some reflection on what happened in 2018.
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Some of you might be thinking that 2018 was a bit of a crap year. You may be right, however, for me, 2018 has been an incredible year.
It may have started a little uneasy but I have done so much this year that I never thought was possible
I don’t want to reflect on myself too much, but getting married was one of the highlights of
However, in the world, there has been all kinds of crazy things going on. I don’t want to regale you with all the terrible things that have happened in 2018.
We all know how bad things are going with the Brexit negotiations. And then there’s Donald Trump… being Donald Trump who is single-handedly ruining the image of the American people around the world.
Psst, America, we know not all of you voted for the orange twit. Just make sure he doesn’t get into the big house again, eh?
Anyway, it’s New Year’s Eve. A time for celebration and I’m certainly in no way aiming to depress you all with those bad vibes.
I’m nice like that, you see.
No. Today, we shall focus on the positive things to have happened in 2018. And you know what? It’s actually not that difficult. There have been some major positive things happen this year.
Let’s check them out
What Happened In 2018 around the world?
A lot has taken place this year, a lot more than I will discuss. However, here is a rundown of some of my favourite positive steps forward for the human race this year!
North and South Korea vowed to end the Korean War
In April 2018, the leaders of North and South Korea finally agreed to convert the Korean Armistice Agreement into a full Peace Treaty. This formally brought an end to the Korean war after sixty-five years.
Canada legalized Marijuana
In October 2018, Canada became the second country in the world to legalize the possession and use of Marijuana. Uraguay was the first.
Canada had legalized medical Marijuana in 2001, however, this is a big step forward for the country to legalize the drug for recreational use.
Saudi Arabia now allow women to drive
Saudi Arabia was the only country in the world that did not allow women to drive cars.
Although there was no formal ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia, they were not permitted to have driving licenses until June 2018.
This is largely due to their strict Islamic laws which require a woman to be accompanied by a man at all times. Because men can drive, it was thought that women didn’t need a license.
The change in law was pushed forward by the Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. This was his way of getting more women into the workforce in Saudi Arabia.
This is a positive step for the country, but there is still a lot of work to be done with regards to Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia.
Ireland repealed its ban on abortion
In 2018, Ireland voted by a landslide to repeal its almost complete ban on abortions. 64% voted in favour of lifting the ban allowing Irish women to legally access an abortion.
The repeal has now left Northern Ireland as the only place in the UK and Ireland where women cannot access legal abortions. The option for women in Northern Ireland is to carry the child to term or travel to another country for a legal abortion.
Pressure is mounting for the abortion ban to be lifted in Northern Ireland. However, because the government have not been sitting in the local parliament for approximately two years, the debate is taking place in Westminster.
India decriminalized consensual gay sex
In September 2018 India’s Supreme Court overturned a law dating back 157 years which criminalised gay sex.
Although rarely used to prosecute anyone, the LGBT+ community lived in fear of threats, harassment and blackmail due to the law’s existence.
The judging panel declared that the LGBT+ community had the right to equality and freedom when striking down the law.
India is the largest populated country that still had laws against the LGBT+ community. Overturning this law is a massive step forward in LGBT+ rights around the world.
Scotland backed teaching LGBT+ issues in school
In November 2018, the Scottish government announced that state schools in Scotland would now include teaching LBGTI issues as part of their curriculum.
Scotland is the first country in the world to introduce LGBTI teachings into the classroom.
The move comes after research uncovered nine out of ten students who identified as LGBTI experienced homophobia at school. Of this group, 27% of students admitted to attempting suicide as a result of homophobic bullying.
Africa saw a MASSIVE decline in female genital mutilation
Female genital mutilation in Africa has dropped to its lowest count in nearly thirty years. In East Africa, where FGM was most prevalent, the rates fell from 71.4% in 1990 to 8% in 2016. Other regional decreases include North Africa which fell from 57.7% to 14.1%; and West Africa which fell from 73.6% to 25.4%.
This is a great achievement but FGM won’t be fully eradicated unless religious leaders change their opinions on cutting.
The UK has exceeded UN targets for HIV diagnosis and treatment
The UK became one of the first countries in the world to meet the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets in 2018.
There is also good news because the number of HIV diagnoses is down which is in line with transmission figures of the disease.
More can still be done to completely eradicate HIV/AIDS in future however, this is a great move forward.
The number of Americans who believe that climate change is happening has increased
70% of American’s now believe that climate change is happening. However, ⅕ of the people surveyed believe that we won’t reduce global warming because humans are unwilling to change their habits.
Although believers in climate change and global warming are at a high, US President Donald Trump insists that it’s a hoax.
Scientists developed a plastic eating enzyme
Scientists accidentally created an enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles. Although it takes a few days in which to break down the PET plastic, scientists are confident that this can be improved upon.
The hope is that the enzyme will break down the PET bottles to return it to its natural state. This means that they can literally recycle it back to plastic. This will reduce the amount of plastic in the environment and also reduce the amount of oil that needs to be dug up.
SpaceX launched 64 satellites into orbit
In 2018, SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 rocket into space in a rideshare mission. The mission broke a world record and also launched 64 satellites from the Falcon 9 over a period of hours into low earth orbit.
In a first for SpaceX and Spaceflight, the first-stage booster has been to space and back three times. They will also reuse the nose of craft which will save millions of dollars.
These are some of my favourite things to have happened in 2018 from around the world.
What happened in 2018: A personal review
2018 has been a big year for me. A lot has happened in 2018. If you have read my other posts then you will know it has certainly been an action-packed 12 months for me.
Following a hectic end to 2017, 2018 for me started with searching for a new home and new job. Both my job and home were temporary until I found more permanent solutions. Luckily I began a new job in March and moved into my home in May.
In March, we visited Glasgow and Edinburgh. Initially, we were to attend a show in Glasgow. Unfortunately, the theatre caught fire the day we were visiting. Most of Glasgow was on fire and the show was postponed for obvious reasons.
After two years of wedding planning, I finally levelled up to wife status in August 2018. 25th August was a fantastic day surrounded by friends and family in the most beautiful setting. We couldn’t have asked for a better or more memorable day.
In October, my new husband and I honeymooned in paradise. Santorini was an absolutely gorgeous island and provided the perfect blend of romance and adventure!
We took a road trip to Donegal in November. It was the first time I’d ever been to Donegal – yes I’m ashamed, it’s only 2 hours up the road! We had a great weekend between venturing out to Glenveagh National Park, taking a tour of the castle, experiencing the beautiful landscapes of Donegal and of course spending time in the hotel spa.
In 2018, we also spent our first Christmas as Mr & Mrs and we were again surrounded by family. Although it did fly by far too quickly!
A proactive step forward
I also decided this year that I’m going to make a conscious effort to achieve more of my goals. You know it’s funny that they say you only live once but I recently saw a meme that struck a chord.
You live every day, you only die once.
It’s so true! This spurred me on to actually make an effort to make each day count. By the end of 2019, I will be able to cross as many things off my list as possible!
How has your 2018 been? I’d love to hear all the good and not so good things that have happened in your life this year. Drop me a comment and let me know!
Finally, let me say cheers to 2018! Thanks for the awesome memories. Join me in making 2019 an even more epic and successful year! Let’s build the lives we want by living the dream!
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Until next year…