There’s no doubt that 2012 was a year to remember, for good or for worse. Who thought we would see 2013, with the Mayan apocalypse conspiracy and all that? Lying in bed last night and unable to sleep and awaiting the beginning of the work starting on the 7th of January, it got me thinking about the year that had passed and what some of the highlights and lowlights were for me personally, and for everyone as a whole. Some events in the 2012 may have affected, for better or worse, some more than others.
I started thinking of my great-grandmother, one of my good friends Tegan and another friend of mine Jamin who passed away this year… All sad memories. But, what of the things that made 2012 a great one? What were some of the things that stood out for you in 2012? Well… Here’s some of the highlights and lowlights of 2012, the best and worst of’s, the moments that stood out(for whatever reason):
A 2012 Recap
The Worst of 2012:
Lets leave the best for last… Some of the worst things to come out of 2012 were…
Hurricane Sandy hit during October 2012 and ended up being the largest Atlantic hurricane on record. As a result of her devastation, 253 people were killed and an estimated $65.6 billion (USD) damages were caused.
After a relapse from pancreatic cancer, Steve Jobs passed away on October 5th 2012 at the age of 56. After his death, Apple started a page in dedication to their former CEO entitled “Remembering Steve“.
Scaffolding Collapse At Linkin Park Concert In Cape Town
After a long-awaited stop by Linkin Park to sunny South Africa, tragedy struck at the Lucozade promo stand. Intense gale-force winds resulted in the scaffolding’s collapse ended up killing one person and injuring 19 others.
2012 Also saw the fall of Lance Armstrong. After it was discovered that Lance Armstrong was indeed using performance enhancing drugs, sponsors like Nike, Trek, and Oakley all cut their ties with him and Lance resigned from the Livestrong foundation board. The Cycling’s world governing body also stripped him of his titles that he had accumulated over the years.
Best or Worst?
In something that I’m not sure is a god or bad thing, we have the Apocalypse, Armageddon, the end of the world as we know it…
For many, 2012 started as what they believed to be the last year in existence in the universe. In what was one of the most spoken about stories during 2012, the world was to end on the 21st of December 2012. Unfortunately(for some), the world didn’t end and we’re still here! Many people went to extreme lengths and spent large sums of money in preparations just in case the Mayan’s were right.
My view… The Mayans were dyslexic and got the date wrong. The world will end in 2102.. or was it 2120?
Enough of the bad stuff…
The Best of 2012:
Sitting thinking about 2012, I’ve realised that 2012 was actually a good year, regardless of all the bad that happened. Why? Well as a result of all the bad, we’ve learned a lot out of 2012. Without the trials, rough patches, laughter and excitement of 2012, we wouldn’t know how to deal with the situations in the future, or how to avoid getting into the situations again.
Take this for example:
Felix Baumgartner’s Stratos Jump
Free falling from almost 39km above the surface of the earth and reaching 1,342kph while crushing the sound barrier, Felix Baumgartner’s Space Jump was a major highlight of 2012. This particular moment in 2012 lead to the following Neil Armstrong styled quote:
“Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you really are”
– Felix Baumgartner
Linkin Park Performing in South Africa
Despite what happened at the Cape Town leg of the “Living Things” world tour, Linkin Park finally made their way to South Africa. I was fortunate enough to be a the Cape Town show and loved every second of it. 2012 Taught me that Linkin Park are still one of the best bands out there and that their shows are amazing at the least!
World’s Longest high-speed Rail Line
China opened the world’s longest high-speed rail line between Beijing and the southern metropolis of Guangzhou.
On December 12, Pope Benedict XVI discovered Twitter and went on to be the first Pope to join Twitter. With only 16 tweets to date, @Pontifex already has 1 382 619 followers and they are growing!
Blades at Olympics 2012
Friday, July 27 saw the start of the Summer Olympics 2012. Between then and Sunday, August 12; many athletes from all over the world competed against each other to prove who is the best.We even saw the Queen and James Bond jump out of a helicopter at the almost 4 hour-long opening ceremony!
What made the 2012 Olympics even more remarkable was the Oscar Pistorius. South African Oscar made history by becoming the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics. Despite some controversy, Oscar went on to finish second in his heat.
Live Lip-Dub Marriage Proposal
Find a girl you want to marry, get the help of 60 family members and friends, lip sync and dance along to Bruno Mars’ “Marry You” and what do you get? 17,294,993 YouTube views and a new fiancé. 2012 Showed that there is still some originality out there. Portland actor, Isaac Lamb, created one of the most elaborate ways imaginable to ask his girlfriend to marry him. #Winning
Mooooovies of 2012
2012 Also saw the release of some awesome and not so awesome movies during the year. In no specific order, here are some of the best and worst movies of 2012:
|Best Movies||Worst Movies|
|The Dark Knight Rises||Alex Cross|
|Life of Pi||Total Recall|
|21 Jump Street||What to Expect When You’re Expecting|
|Taken 2||The Watch|
|Amazing Spider-Man||Red Dawn|
Music of 2012
With catchy beats, irritating lyrics or a song you loved overall, 2012 saw some epic music being released. Songs that made headlines include:
- Skrillex – “Bangarang”
- Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
- Gotye feat. Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used To Know”
- fun. – “Some Nights”
- fun. Featuring Janelle Monae – “We Are Young”
- Maroon 5 Featuring Wiz Khalifa – “Payphone”
- Train – “Drive by”
- Flo Rida – Whistle
- CrashCarBurn – “The Light “
- Prime Circle – “Evidence”
- Conor Maynard Feat Ne-Yo – “Turn Around”
And don’t forget the song with 1,120,304,380 views on YouTube to-date:
- PSY – “Gangnam Style”
Games of 2012
PC, PS3, Xbox and whatever else… 2012 had some awesome games launched and saw the teasers being released of some epic games to come in 2013(something to look forward to). Games like Farcry3, Mass Effect 3 and Fifa 13 to name just 3 I got my hands on, was released. With gaming graphics, story lines and gameplay getting better by the day, games of 2012 were groundbreaking in one way or another.
Hey, this is crazy… But 2012 had some of the best parody video clips, maybe?
With all the music being released last year, some even better parody clips made their way onto the interwebs too.
Here are my top 5 parody clips of 2012:
4. Fun – We’re Not Young (Yahoo!’s SketchY Parody)
3. Some Study That I Used to Know (Gotye Parody)
This is something for those who finished high school in 2012
2. The Star Wars That I Used To Know
Tied for 1st place…
Look at this Instagram (Nickelback Parody)
Sesame Street: Share It Maybe
2012 love it or hate it…
Whatever your reasons for loving or hating 2012, just remember that how you experienced the year is dependent on your outlook on it and your attitude toward it… If you went into something with animosity during 2012, surely that would have made you despise that specific moment during the year more, right? It’s all about outlook and perspective. So embrace 2013.. Take 2013 for all it’s worth! Look for opportunities to make each day better than the next. To hell with resolutions for the year, they tend to lead to some disappointments if you don’t achieve them.
My view is that 2013 shouldn’t have too much expectation put on top of it. Why burden the year ahead before you’ve already gotten into it properly with unattainable resolutions. Remember that happiness is found in the moments spent with family and friends.
If 2012 could have taught us 1 thing, it’s found in the words a friend of mine mentioned to me recently:
Some Things Fall Apart, So Other Things Can Fall Together
Keep in mind, things in 2012 could have been worse… You could have been one of the people in this:
Always remember, give a jackass an education and you’ll have a smartass!