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This Woman’s Time Capsule From When She Was 13 Is So Painfully '90s

Viva forever.

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This is Randi Bergman, a 31-year-old Toronto woman who found the most magical gift from her 13-year-old self.

Randi Bergman

Tucked away in her childhood closet, she found a three-part time capsule stuffed with heart-bursting amounts of nostalgia from 1998. She's been sharing the treasures inside on Instagram.

Randi Bergman

She made the capsule between the ages of 12 and 13, and her young self documented everything meticulously.

Randi Bergman

Like the covers of Teen People magazine.

Randi Bergman

And what bands were blowing up the charts. (Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, and Chumbawamba, obv.)

(That's a cassette tape, a primitive music-holding device, for all you young folks.)
Randi Bergman

(That's a cassette tape, a primitive music-holding device, for all you young folks.)

"To be honest, when I discovered it, I didn't even remember doing it," Bergman told BuzzFeed Canada. "I just know that I was obsessed with documenting things."

She found them after her mom finally got her to clean out her childhood bedroom, and finding the boxes brought a flood of nostalgia."I almost was crying, it just made me laugh so much, just at how innocent and ridiculous I was."
Randi Bergman

She found them after her mom finally got her to clean out her childhood bedroom, and finding the boxes brought a flood of nostalgia.

"I almost was crying, it just made me laugh so much, just at how innocent and ridiculous I was."

She'd documented everything, including a list of her crushes and precisely how long they lasted.

Randi Bergman

And every movie she saw that year. She would even write down who she saw the movie with, and a rating out of five.

She even noted when she snuck into teen flicks she was too young to see."I crossed out the names of everything I bought tickets for and put what I really saw," she said.
Randi Bergman

She even noted when she snuck into teen flicks she was too young to see.

"I crossed out the names of everything I bought tickets for and put what I really saw," she said.

"Sunglasses that I broke but I wore all summer," says a plastic baggy containing some painfully '90s shades.

Randi Bergman

"One of the boxes just includes any clipping from the newspaper about the Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, Titanic, any world event I thought was important."

Randi Bergman

She even included some spare elastics for her braces.

Although some items are pretty personal to Bergman, anyone who's been a 13-year-old girl knows what a formative time that age is.
Randi Bergman

Although some items are pretty personal to Bergman, anyone who's been a 13-year-old girl knows what a formative time that age is.

"I think it’s just something that everyone can relate to and it really speaks to that innocence and that fervor that kids have," she said.

Randi Bergman

"Your hormones are coming to light at a certain point, so your crushes are so intense."

Randi Bergman

"I remember at the time having conversation with friends and everything was a competition about who would do more sexually with the Backstreet Boys even though none of us had ever even kissed someone."

Randi Bergman

"I just love the '90s, it was a great time."

Randi Bergman

You can follow along as Bergman unpacks the capsule on her Instagram page.

Randi Bergman

Lauren Strapagiel is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

Contact Lauren Strapagiel at lauren.strapagiel@buzzfeed.com.

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