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23 Struggles Every Wannabe Emo Kid Had To Endure

*Hides Hot Topic shopping bags from Mom*

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1. Owning a pair of Converse, but not being allowed to write ~emotional~ lyrics on them.

You'd either get grounded or have them taken away.
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You'd either get grounded or have them taken away.

2. Having trouble convincing your friends and family that screaming in songs isn't scary at all.

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If you listen really closely, the lyrics are totally sentimental.

3. Trying to explain to your parents why a subscription to Kerrang! or AP was so important.

How else were you going to get the scoop on the only people who understood you?
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How else were you going to get the scoop on the only people who understood you?

4. And then without the magazines, you weren't able to create the collage of your dreams.

And you knew that no matter how many pictures were up, it would never be complete.
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And you knew that no matter how many pictures were up, it would never be complete.

5. Trying to explain the appeal of boys in tight pants to anyone who didn't understand.

You hoped that fate may one day unite you with someone who also sweats at the sight of Alex Gaskarth.
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You hoped that fate may one day unite you with someone who also sweats at the sight of Alex Gaskarth.

6. Signing onto AIM just to put up an away message with lyrics.

Otherwise, people you talked to online would never know what kind of music you liked, obviously.
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Otherwise, people you talked to online would never know what kind of music you liked, obviously.

7. Attempting to assure your parents the lyrics you loved weren't going to damage you for life.

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Your away message read, "i'M nOt OkAy </3," but really, you were fine.

8. Being told by your parents that you're not allowed to dress like a true emo kid.

No, I don&#x27;t want to be driven to Abercrombie, Dad. They have nothing in the color I need. Which is black.
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No, I don't want to be driven to Abercrombie, Dad. They have nothing in the color I need. Which is black.

9. Having to wait to apply your thick eyeliner until you were out of your parents' sight.

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But only if you were positive they would NEVER find out.

10. How bad your hands smelled after you colored your nails with Sharpies, since you weren't allowed to own black nail polish.

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Expressing yourself was a struggle on so many levels.

11. Pining over piercings you knew you would never be allowed to get.

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You didn't care that it "wasn't going to be acceptable" when you got into the "professional world."

12. Also, lusting after tattoo sleeves.

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Don't lie. Part of you is still drooling at this.

13. Hating your hair every day because it would never look as amazing as this.

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S I G H .

14. Anytime your mom caught you with a Hot Topic bag and made you return whatever you bought.

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But Mom, no other stores sell cute Fall Out Boy shirts.

15. The horrified look on your parents' faces when you showed them photos of the band that you wanted to see.

&quot;But Mom. A lot of people met them at Warped Tour. They&#x27;re nice guys.&quot;
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"But Mom. A lot of people met them at Warped Tour. They're nice guys."

16. And when they say yes, having inner turmoil about whether to go in the mosh pit or not.

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Because if you came home bruised, you'd never be allowed to connect with your music again.

17. Being pretty much the only one at the show without cool piercings, tattoos, or fun hair.

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Well, shit. At least I know all the words.

18. Buying a t-shirt from your favorite band, but not being able to wear it because your parents thought it was "too scary."

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But, like, no one had to look if they didn't want to.

19. Realizing that your parents would probably never let you date any boy who wore guyliner.

Mom, YOU DON&#x27;T UNDERSTAND.
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Mom, YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND.

20. Trying to find ways to be rebellious without being too obvious.

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One day you could do whatever you wanted.

21. Relishing any accessory you were allowed to wear that had a skull on it.

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No, I'm not raising my hand in class so everyone can see my skull ring.

22. The incredible struggle of wanting everyone to know that while you weren't sad, you were definitely misunderstood.

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And anyone who did understand was immediately one of your friends.

And since you never got to fully express yourself growing up...

23. Becoming an adult and still secretly wanting to be an emo kid.

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