I see a lot of people on my social media saying that the 2010s were the absolute WORST and they are very hopeful for the 2020s and while I am optimistic for the new decade, I think the 2010s were not that bad. Perfect? Of course not, but not the worst. I think we are becoming more accepting of other people with more representation in media, we are making massive leaps in technology, and media is changing in an exciting way with cinematic universes and streaming services.
With that being said...
This is one of the first decades where the majority of people have social media and I thought it would be fun to look back on social media and see how I changed.
I do not recommend this.
I seriously do not recommend this.
I authentically, sincerely, one hundred percent do not recommend looking back at your social media from the past decade.
I did this and my god, it was agonizing. My original plan was to share posts with you over the decade but it was a struggle to get past 2012. I’ll share one post with you that I think perfectly encapsulates my youth.
I can almost feel the anger coming off of this post. First of all, no one wants to help a 15-year old with his movie script, ESPECIALLY other 15-year olds! Secondly, use proper grammar and punctuation.
F minus, see me after class!
In a way, it’s kind of nice seeing myself from a decade ago so angry.
I clearly had a lot of passion for what I did, even if it was just writing silly movie scripts. I’d also like to think I’ve calmed down since then. Letting people do their own things and just letting me be me.
Okay, I’ll give you one more at the request of my editor:
USE A SPACE AFTER A PUNCTUATION MARK, GAGE!!!
I am very tempted to go back and edit this status, because this is driving me insane…
Also, notice how I went from one like to zero. That’s how you know these are getting worse.
For those not familiar with the lingo, the word “frolf” is a combination of frisbee and golf and is a “sport” I played in high school. I might as well put in “planking” or “doing the Harlem Shake” instead of frolf because those would have aged just as well.
As well as this being a poorly structured joke, this was also my thinly veiled call for help. I had no idea what I was doing at that point in my life and I used humor as a way to mask my uncertainty.
A lot of people say they wish they could go back in time and tell their past self that everything is gonna work out. I think what people really mean is they wish they could tell themselves to stop worrying about the petty bullshit. I can 90% guarantee this was about some girl who didn’t like me or some class I was struggling with. I would tell my 2011 self to not worry about that and he would definitely not listen. I should’ve been worrying about taxes or something.
My main takeaway by reflecting back on the decade was seeing personal growth. That’s why I consider the 2010s to be time well spent. I needed experience to become a more well-rounded person. Time used to improve is not time wasted.
So as we go into this new decade, I plan to be a better person than I was at the start of the 2010s. Work a little harder, love a little more, and do my best to put out some good into the world. I’ll try to even make better social media posts. Follow me on Twitter @GageAgnew for bangers like this:
Okay maybe “banger” is a bit strong...
Anywho, if I keep doing pushing forward, by the 2030s, I’ll be content going into that new decade because I will have grown and that’s all one can ask for.