Dear Anti-90’s Kid,
Remember when the biggest concern in your life was dressing up your Barbie doll to the nines or trying to get the limited-edition holographic Pokemon card before your friend did? Yeah, me too.
Now that we’re in college, we have to be concerned with student loans, career goals and figuring out how to pay for alcohol. For those of you that don’t drink, insert juice boxes or whatever you spend your free time consuming for the last one.
Last week, in an opinion column by a fellow SRU student, we were told that if we’re “stuck in the 90’s” we essentially want to grow up as “oversized toddlers”. To be completely honest, we all end up being oversized toddlers anyway. Once we get old enough we have to eat mushy food, some have to wear diapers and it gets hard to walk. That’s the depressing truth about life, in my opinion.
It is a shame that kids growing up now don’t get to grow up with shows like F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (side note – R.I.P. Uncle Phil) and Boy Meets World. Granted they get to watch reruns but it’s not the same. Those shows taught us lessons about how to cherish our friends, family and those that support us. If you want to tell me that the shows kids are watching today do this as good or better, you’re lying through your teeth.
I’m going to be brief with the movies and music part of this rant. Disney’s latest hit Frozen is a great movie, but if you want to try and tell me that it’s better than The Lion King, I’m going to laugh at you until you uncomfortably walk away. The Lion King was based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet and that alone just blows my mind. Many people today can’t read through a verse of Shakespeare without getting confused and as kids we were able to grasp the general concept of one of his greatest works. That’s a feat that doesn’t get accomplished all that often.
As far as music is concerned, I love today’s music but I’ll take listening to the Backstreet Boys or Blink 182 over the majority of what is out today anyway. Oh yeah and did I mention that ‘Trix’ cereal actually used to be fruit shaped and not just colored circles? Ugh. The only things I really want to stay in the 90’s are jelly sandals, scrunchies, rat-tails and toe rings.
I don’t feel that we’re abnormal for loving the 90’s, thinking others are missing out or wanting to go back to those simpler times every now and again. My parents talk about how their style of music, favorite movies and shows were great too. Are they “oversized toddlers”? No.
So please let me enjoy my childhood memories. We are entitled to our own opinions and in my opinion, I will always love the 90’s and I’m proud of it.
“Princess Consuela Banana Hammock”
P.S. If you don’t get the reference, you deserve to get “slimed” and are a “blue barracuda”.