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Have there been moments in the process where you've cringed at your teenage self? I mean, all that random capitalization... what were we thinking?
Oh please, I have been and will be cringing at my teenage self forever. When @YourAwayMessage started to gain traction, my mom found a box of AOL conversations that I PRINTED OUT and KEPT. I put them under my bed. They were with boys I liked; they all took place in 2000-2002. Now they're in my apartment (thanks Mom!), but I won't look at them. PTSD. I will say though, there's a conversation in there that has this gem: "running out to get something from the car, brb in 2 seconds, but leave one if u need me or love me." Leave one if you NEED ME or LOVE ME. BACK IN TWO SECONDS.
Some argue that pop culture has become overrun with nostalgia, especially from the 20-to-30-year-old millennials. Why do you think that feeling of looking back is so appealing for people our age?
This is our generation's version of "When I was your age, I had to walk 27 miles to school in the SNOW," except it's more like, "We only had 27 texts per month before we had to pay more money and the computer was in the LIVING ROOM." I don't think it will ever get old to look back and see how far you've come.
Knowing what we know now, would you want your 16-year-old self to have access to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, et al. like teenagers do today?
F no. (Can I say F no?). F no. But I would have had all of them, and I would have loved it.
What was better: Getting an "A" on a math test or seeing an AIM box from your crush appear on your computer screen?
I can confidently say I have never gotten an A on any math-related anything ever, so obviously, AIM box from my crush!
If you could only choose one: Dave Matthews Band or Dashboard Confessional?
Not fair. That's like asking if I have a favorite parent. MaH lipz r SeALeD. :-*
A parting note...
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