If you know me well, you know that my life is fueled by nostalgia. Not a day goes by without me thinking about something childhood-related. For awhile I felt like a freak who just couldn’t handle the stress of “adulting.” Turns out I’m not alone. More and more people born in the 90s are speaking up and reminiscing about the “good old days.” In college, blankets and backpacks adorned by beloved characters such as Strawberry Shortcake and Spongebob Squarepants were a normal sight. I’ve recently noticed several Youtube videos revolving around childhood. Remakes of classic TV shows and movies are being produced by the dozens. There is unrest in the 2010s!! I can think of two major reasons why this is happening.
1. It’s normal to reach an age where childhood is a distant memory, and adulthood is a scary place. The feeling is similar to that of a skydiver’s parachute unexpectedly disappearing. Suddenly the innocence and freedom of the grade school years sounds like an upgrade.
2. People are truly unhappy with the quality of entertainment (toys, music, movies, shows, etc) being produced this decade. The 90s and 2000s are a golden age of sorts. Think about it. “Full House” has a successful spinoff, and “Hey Arnold” reruns air every weeknight on The Splat. If demand is any indication, the surge of nostalgia isn’t stopping anytime soon.
No matter the reason, we are winning the battle. Millennials unite!! Here’s a look at my childhood:
• Baby Years (1993 – 1998)
• Middle Years (1999 – 2003)
*Note: I also watched a lot of old shows such as “Looney Tunes”, “The Flintstones”, I Love Lucy”, The Andy Griffith Show”, and “The Brady Bunch.” My dad and I watched western movies on the weekends. Lots of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. :)
Teen Years (2004 – 2011)
*Note: My later teen years were spent obsessing over crime shows such as “CSI”, “CSI: NY” and “The Mentalist.” I also watched reruns of old shows such as “The Nanny”, “Friends”, “Saved by the Bell”, and “Full House.”
• This is only a small part of my childhood. For more nostalgia, click the following link & visit my “Childhood” board on Pinterest:
• I also have a “Throwback” playlist on Spotify:
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