I Never Got Over My Emo Phase

I Never Got Over My Emo Phase

But really, who has?

We all did it. We all wore our hair over our entire face, had a stack of skinny jeans to the ceiling, had more band shirts than days of the week, blasted alternative and screamo music until our eardrums bled, and spent money on concerts like it was our job.

Now, that I'm an adult, I feel like a lot of that hasn't changed.

Fortunately, I enjoy showing my face instead of covering it with hair (Even if I have blue extensions). I've also removed my edgy lip piercing from back in the day. But, when it comes to music, I've never grown out of the scene.

I'm still dishing money out for concerts to see the same bands as in high school (shout-out to The Maine). Recently, I attended the Alternative Press Music Awards, an awards show featuring many of my favorite bands. When I hear the music that kept me going through the tough times and seeing the people who created that music right there, it makes me feel like a teenager again.

This year's Warped Tour was probably one of my favorites ever. Getting to meet your favorite artist and tell them how much you love their music is a really amazing experience. No one can deny the joy you feel from just singing along to your favorite song in the front row with your best friends.

I believe this is why I've always stayed true to the scene at heart (even though my appearance may not show it). The people I've met along the way and the music that we love and share. I would never want to give that up.

So, I will still continue to blast "I See Stars" in my car like no one can see me. I will still keep going to the concerts and screaming my longs out. I will still have my Breathe Carolina band shirt even if it no longer fits. Because at the end of the day, this music speaks to me. As long as my favorite bands are still around, I'll always be a little emo at heart.

Cover Image Credit: Brittney Moffatt

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.



You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.


You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.


The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers


You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.


The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"


The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution


This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi


Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters


You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs


Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.



Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets


Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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