Generation Z and the 90's

Generation Z and the 90's

A tribute to why Generation Z will always love the 90's
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As someone who was born in the late 90’s and gets told quite often I can’t claim to be a true 90’s kid because I was but a baby at the time, here is a big “oh no, screw you” to those naysayers. I'm here to tell you why the kids born in the late 90’s, that awkwardly timed and weird mash of generations known as Generation Z, love and aspire for the 90’s. People seem to forget that we experienced this culture. Maybe we didn't experience it as much as others, but we were there, and we can’t forget about it so easily. So here's to Generation Z, who really, truly misses the 90's.

For Generation Z, the 90's was an era we experienced in passing, which was bound to leave us wanting more. We grew up in a manner similar to that of the Millennials; just like them, we spent all of our time playing outside and with toys. We loved waking up early on Saturdays for the cartoons, even if we didn’t want to wake up early for school. We had most of the same cartoons as the early 90’s kids, or we at least grew up on them. Bill Nye taught us about science, and Pokemon is still huge for us. We love the Powerpuff Girls and are ready to riot if the new reboot ruins the show we love.

Next, we have music: the boy bands and pop stars who shaped what our music taste was to become. We grew up listening to a wide range of artists, from N'SYNC to Britney Spears to the life altering lyrics of Nirvana. Sure, we'll admit it loud and proud that the music we currently listen to is amazing, but there's a reason we play throwback music so much. We miss the songs that embodied the 90’s just as much as those of the Millennials. You can’t discount the fact that we get excited every time Weezer produces a new album so we can add it to our collection of music.

Even with all of that having been said, there's still an endless list of things that could be added. From 90’s fashion as we reinvent the grunge look today, to some of the most amazing Disney movies, which came out of the 90’s. Not to mention the fact that some of our most beloved celebrities today were born in the 90’s. Some of them can "rightfully" claim the title of "90’s kid," like Jennifer Lawrence or Emma Watson, while others, as a part of Generation Z, struggle and fight for that claim, like Abigail Breslin and Jaden Smith. So hopefully you Millennials now realize that we in Generation Z are just as deserving of the title "90’s kids" as you are. In some cases, you Millennials are older siblings. Where did we learn all of this from if not from you? So just keep that in mind the next time one of the fateful Generation Z decides to say they miss the 90’s or are a 90’s kid.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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