Is it just me or did the last decade fly by awfully fast? I can hardly believe it's been ten years since I stood outside in the freezing cold to greet the new millennium, wearing unsuitable shoes and drinking from a bottle of Asti Cinzano.
New decade, new possibilities. Here are some of the things I hope to see more of in the next ten years.
Reduce, reuse and recycle.
There's an island of plastic floating around in the Pacific. That's disgusting, toxic and scary as hell. And it's growing when it should be cleaned up.
I try to limit my contribution to that plastic island by bringing my own fabric bags when I go shopping and saying no to plastic bags, especially those tiny ones that can't even be used as trash bags. If it fits in my bag, I don't need a useless plastic bag. I hope more people will do the same.
Vintage clothes and accessories
It's not just for rockabilly kids and students. These days there's everything from charity shops to boutiques that specialize in high end vintage. And there is the phenomenon that is ebay.
But the best bargains are still found in flea markets and your grandparents closets.
Clothes with a history are one of a kind and so much more fun than the cheap stuff that will fall apart after three spins in the washing machine.
Growing your own food
I wish every child could get the chance to grow their own food, even if it's only some tomatoes or herbs in a pot on the windowsill. It helps you understand the world you live in, and that real food tastes far better than fast food junk. It's also a great way to unwind after a six-hour session of World of Warcraft.
All you need is a window.
More vegetarian food for the masses
I don't expect everyone to become a vegetarian. But eating more vegetables is something everyone should do, as it's good for your health and the planet. Factory farms are mean and nasty and livestock production accounts for 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
The McCartney's started Meat Free Monday which is a great initiative.
I hope that vegetarian food will become standard on the menu at every restaurant, and not just risotto and vegetarian lasagna.
Instead of tired old sequels and movies based on toys or old TV-shows I hope too see something good and original on the big screen. And on the small one. More True Blood, Being Human and Mad Men. Good stories rather than stories that will make a good video game/happy meal/pencil case.
This goes for music as well. The world does not need more "greatest hits" from old rock bands. It needs venues for up and coming bands, creativity and independent record labels.