Having Nostalgia For A Time I Never Even Experienced

Is It Odd That I Have Nostalgia For A Time I Never Even Experienced?

I'm sitting here writing this article in my mom jeans with Rick Springfield's "Jesse's Girl" as my background music, there are still certain aspects I wish I could've experienced about growing up in the '80s.

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This year for Christmas my dad got us tickets to a Genesis tribute band concert, which if you haven't been through my music library may seem like it was more of a gift for him. I am probably the only eighteen-year-old girl who wants to see a '70s rock band whose audience is primarily middle-aged and old white males, and I could not be happier. Growing up, my dad would play the Phil Collins era of Genesis records, and recently I'd been getting into the earlier periods of the group from when Peter Gabriel was the lead singer. When we went to the concert, I probably knew more of the words than half the older people in that room. The man sitting next to my mom even turned to her and commented how happy it made him see my little brother and I enjoying ourselves so much and how he was so impressed.

Growing up all I heard was my dad preaching about how life was so much so much better in the '80s, accompanied by a soundtrack of anything from Foreigner to Earth Wind and Fire. As I get older, I'm starting to agree with him more and more. While I'm sitting here writing this article in my mom jeans with Rick Springfield's "Jesse's Girl" as my background music, there are still certain aspects I wish I could've experienced about growing up in the '80s.

I text and Snapchat 24/7 and post on social media using my latest iPhone just as much as anyone else you know, but I often think about the simplicity of life before the societal need for the iPhone or even cell phones in general. Too many people live their lives through the lens of a digital world, pausing their enjoyment of experiences to record the moment and share with the world. On top of that we can never just be present at the moment with the one person we are with without being in contact with five others through text, twenty others through Snapchat, and our thousands of followers on Instagram.

It's crazy to think that people would go to the mall and be able to meet up with their friends without texting them "Hey, wya?" and yet they somehow made it work. Spending time with friends and partying seemed so much more enjoyable without the distraction of screens in front of everyone's faces.

The sad part is our lack of ability to function without the technology. It has infiltrated our workplace, home, and everywhere in between. Another year has gone by and the way we communicate and live out our lives continues to evolve with technology. Not to discount the conveniences that come with these changes or sound cynical, but I really believe that technology is inevitably weaponized changing life for the worse. People say technology is "advancing," but at what cost? I am convinced I was born in the wrong generation because I look around thinking these so-called "advances" are really setting us back in terms of quality of life.

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

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Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You're at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You're probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you're calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you're walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You're convinced you're ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You've already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you're an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school's name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I'm telling you right now, you're going to miss it all. Everything you've ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald's hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you've seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You're going to miss them more than anything. I'm telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You've got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life, it's truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it's the little things you're gonna miss the most. Don't take it for granted because soon, you'll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You've got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You're going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won't.

So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You've got this.
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10 Things From The 2000s To Put You In Your Feels And Transport You Back To Your Middle School Days

Writing this article just took me back to 2007.

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Thinking about graduation these past few weeks has put me in a weird sentimental mood lately (I don't ever get emotional, #virgovibes) and I decided to just rub salt in the wound and really take it there. I went on a trip back to the mid-2000s and made a list of my obsessions from that era. Honestly, now all I want is to color a Lisa Frank coloring book and buy a pair of gauchos.

1. Tamagotchi

https://www.amazon.com/Tamagotchi-Electronic-Game-White-Pink/dp/B07DFBF82H

Anyone else obsessed with this weird egg thing? Not even sure what the point of this game was, but I distinctly remember always forgetting to feed the little creature thing inside. Apparently, you can buy one on Amazon for $38!!! Steep!

2. Nintendogs

https://nintendogspluscats.nintendo.com/about/

Oh my GOD. I was so obsessed with my little puppy on Nintendogs and I would spend all day petting it on my Nintendo DS. How did they manage to make them look so cute?

3. Video Now

https://forums.bannister.org/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=91924

My sister and I would legit never put our Video Nows down. We would watch different episodes of Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls 100 times each. I guess this was like the iPad before its time.

4. Lisa Frank

https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2016/02/13/these-12-lisa-frank-designs-are-about-to-give-you-serious-feels/

Who else stans Lisa Frank??? Where is she today? Is she still stuntin on everyone somewhere? I swear I got my fashion inspo today because of my childhood with Lisa.

5. Tankinis

Pretty sure I owned this exact suit.

http://lowestpricecomparisonforclothing1.blogspot.com/2012/02/limited-too-girls-circus-dot-tankini.html

Ok. Tankinis (specifically from Justice and Limited Too) were my absolute saving grace during my fat years from age 8-12. Like, one pieces hadn't had their comeback yet, so what was a chunky girl supposed to do?

6. Gauchos

Why does this girl have to stunt on everyone so hard?

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/66/5a/80/665a80bb11389ac7d19423ceba5e41a2.jpg

Another absolute fashion staple. Gauchos. Once again, from one of the two designer brands back in the day, Limited Too or Justice. I'm pretty sure I had about 3 pairs of these.

7. Bratz

https://www.amazon.com/Bratz-511762-Catz-Doll-Yasmin/dp/B006HFMB9A

If you weren't obsessed with Bratz, who were you? And now with the Bratz challenge sweeping Instagram and YouTube, I'm feeling super senti about my girl Yasmin. You can also buy her on Amazon and honestly, I would pay more than $40 to be reunited with her again.

8. Phitens

https://www.phitenusa.com/yamizora-titanium-necklace/

So this was all I remember about 8th grade. If a boy had one of these, he was an absolute stud. Like, this necklace could turn a 4 into a solid 7. Unsure why. I remember once this cute boy let me wear his for a day and I was automatically head over heels. Also, what do these even do? Make you balance better or something?

9. Curl Mousse

https://www.amazon.com/TIGI-Catwalk-Curls-Rock-Amplifier/dp/B0047DK2RW?th=1

DID ANYONE ELSE PUT ABOUT A POUND OF THIS IN THEIR HAIR DAILY??? I'm shook. I would legit put about 5 pumps in my hair straight out of the shower and then just scrunch the shit out of it until I was the most beautiful chola queen.

10. iPod Nano

https://www.ebay.com/i/264264894745?chn=ps

There was never a day where I did not have this in my hand. And I was not begging my dad to let me buy more songs on iTunes. 7th and 8th grade I just had to "Take You Down" by Chris Brown blasting on my iPod Nano constantly, which, now that I think about it, was pretty inappropriate. But I turned out pretty ok!

I had so much fun writing this article, thinking of all the things that stood out from my childhood and formed me into the person I am today. Who knows a fun tankini and a brown gaucho would create such a fashionista???

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