I was raised in the late 80’s and 90’s. I’m in the Y generation, also known as a Millennial. We’re supposedly entitled and a spoiled group of adults. Well… I have my opinions on that and that’s a post for another day. ; )
This was an interesting time to grow up. The internet, computers, and cell phones were starting to get popular and accessible. I remember when my parents bought me my first cell phone, it was a Nokia. It had no internet, no camera, and all you could do was make calls, text, and play the game Snake. I also remember when we got our first PC. It was very exciting using AOL and chatting with someone live! I remember it took me time to grasp that concept.
It’s amazing to think that 10 years ago I didn’t have any of the technology I have today. And to be honest, I am super thankful for that. My awkward teen years did not get captured online. I also had to print out maps to get places and had to use a pay phone when trying to reach people. I felt more dependent on my own skills and less on technology.
I am only in my 20’s but I can see how every generation reflects on the way it was raised and compares itself to the future generations. That being said. I am extremely thankful to be living in this time. I love that I was raised in a little more simpler time and am now getting to enjoy these awesome resources, like blogging, iPhones, Google Maps, Wikipedia!, etc. I love that social media has opened opportunities, expanded our horizons, and connected us.
However, there are days like today where I am nostalgic for MTV Unplugged (Nirvana, anyone?!), Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, and my favorite MTV show, Daria.
It’s funny to me how a cartoon could impact me so much and make me think critically. I actually looked like Daria in Middle and High school. I had Brown hair, dark eyes, straight across bangs, dressed in darker colors, wore glasses, and was a bit recluse. I was friends with everyone but had one best friend. I loved to make art, read, write, and spent my days thinking about bigger picture things. I felt the weight of the world at such a young age. I always felt like an “old-soul”.
Daria’s quirky sense of humor helped me laugh at myself, those around me, the world, and it truly helped me feel like I wasn’t alone in the way I felt about things. I met some incredible people and mentors in High School, but to be honest, I really did not like high school. I felt ready for College at a young age and felt like I could not relate to the high school dramas people experienced. I loved this show for the creative writing, relationships, and witty way of portraying a high school girl living in the 90’s.
I wonder who else loved this show and if it impacted them as much me?
Whoever you are, thanks for reading.
I leave you with my favorite Daria quote ever:
“I’m not much for public speaking, or much for speaking, or come to think of it, much for the public. And I’m not very good at lying. So let me just say that, in my experience, high school sucks. If I could do it all over again, I’d have started advanced placement classes in preschool so I could go from 8th grade straight to college. However, given the unalterable fact that high school sucks, I’d like to add that if you’re lucky enough to have a good friend and a family that cares, then it doesn’t have to suck quite as much. Otherwise, my advice is stand firm for what you believe in, until and unless logic and experience prove you wrong. Remember, when the emperor looks naked, the emperor is naked. The truth and the lie are not “sort of” the same thing. And there’s no aspect, no facet, no moment in life that can’t be improved with pizza. Thank you.”
PHOTOGRAPHY // EDITING // WRITING // by Olivia