Forever a 90’s girl
So I recently had that dreaded moment. That moment that made me realize that I’m…OLD! That moment that made me ask myself “where did the past 20 years go. How the hell am I 33 when I still feel 17??!!” It happened when I was listening to the radio and they were playing “blasts from the past” songs. All of a sudden they start playing “Jump” by Kriss Kross. Surely this song can’t be considered an “oldie” because I remember when it first came out and how I thought it was the coolest song ever and I still know all the words to it. I quickly google the song to find out how old it actually is, and right there in front of me I see “1992”. I start calculating quickly in my head to figure out how long ago that was…. 20 years ago, and I was 13!!
Being a kid in the 90’s was awesome! When I was a 11 I used to get $5 a week as an allowance. That money was always spent on a Big Bopper or Tiger Beat magazine and usually a fancy pencil or pink lipstick. I used to take the magazine and a roll of tape and run to my room, tear out the posters from the magazine and start taping them to my wall immediately. I think at one point I had over 40 posters on my wall. Then I would go to school and trade the posters I didn’t want with some of my friends. We had a pretty good system worked out, every girl had a crush on a different boy! To me this is what every 90’s girl did!
The 90’s weren’t all fun and games though. I remember being about 12 and my biggest fear coming true….I got a chain letter from a stranger! If you are a 90’s kid you KNOW that chain letters were a real thing. Some of the scarier ones said that you would die if you didn’t send it to 10 people in the next 24 hours, some of the other ones weren’t as threatening but still you took them seriously. I remember hearing stories of people who didn’t send the chain letter and then they just disappeared! Looking back I know this is not the case but when you are 12 you take this sh*t seriously. Mine happened to be one that said I would die. Turned out I had left my name and address in a guest book at the Von Trapp Family Hotel in Vermont and somehow someone got it and sent me the letter. My parents called the cops in Vermont and all was resolved but I still looked behind me every where I went just in case a kidnapping van was following me.
So back to my point, hearing that Kriss Kross song started me thinking about how the 90’s were 20 years ago and how I will always be a 90’s girl. It doesn’t help that for the past few weeks my girlfriends and I have been having “90’s teen movie marathons” or that my Ipod is full of “The Greatest hits of the 90’s” or that the movie Ted was full of references to the 80’s and 90’s. I know that I definitely do NOT want to be a teenager again, and who would, just one look at my heavily hair sprayed hair in my old school photos reminds me that those were some awkward times that do not need to be relived!
So I will embrace the 90’s girl in me whilst struggling to deal with the fact that I am getting old and to make myself feel better, here is a list of a few things that were popular in the 90’s (20 years AGO!!!) so that you can feel old as well :)
The Koosh ball
Playing M.A.S.H. (mansion, apartment, house, shack)
Super Mario and Duck Hunt
“Choose your own adventure”
The green lipstick that turned pink
Where in the world is Carmen Sandiago?
“Be Kind, Rewind”
“talk to the hand”
“if you love it then why don’t you marry it”
The Fresh Prince
The Wonder Years,
Beverly Hills 90210
Saved by the Bell
My So Called Life
COPS (bad boys bad boys, whatcha gonna do”
Color Me Badd
DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
Salt n Pepa
Fruit Roll ups
flannel shirts around your waist
Feel old yet?