Nostalgia! Good ol’ nostalgia will put a smile on anyone’s face. As you start to remember the things that were a part of your life that you loved and lived, you can’t help but just want to return to the past and party it up. While browsing through reddit, I came across a post about peoples favourite things in the late 90’s and 2000’s and I was instantly brought down memory lane. Here is a Throwback to my childhood.
1. High School Musical
You can admit it… you’ve seen High School Musical. Maybe you’ve seen all three. Maybe you still know all the words to all the songs. You have the CD’s in your car and sometimes jam out to them? You learned all the dance moves when they aired the Dance Along versions? You sometimes really want to watch it for old times sake? No? Just me?
The phenomenon known as High School Musical first came out in 2006! 10 years ago! It was the place we met this beautiful specimen, Zac Efron. We thought high school was a place of basketball jocks who bake, crazy theatre kids who rule the school, nerds who love hip hop and skateboarder cellists. We thought high school was a place where you would just break out into song if anything notable happened. I thought we were supposed to all come together in the school gym and perform a choreographed number spontaneously. Newsflash kids, that sadly doesn’t happen. I remember teaching all of the girls in my class the choreography to “We’re All in this Together” during lunch recess. And I do admit while playing a softball game I was singing “I Don’t Dance” in my head. I pulled out some of my moves when I played outfield. I wasn’t very good so the coach put me on the field in the place where least balls go to. More time to live out my fantasy of dancing with Ryan and Chad.
2. Young Justin Bieber
Whether you loved him or hated him, Justin’s side swoop hair and high-pitched voice went straight to my heart. The song that made him famous, One Time, came out in 2009. Feel old yet? I do. My goal in grade 8 was to be the One Less Lonely Girl at Justin’s concert. I could’ve gone on stage in my Justin Bieber t-shirt, with Justin Bieber face tattoos on my cheeks, Justin Bieber sunglasses, a Justin Bieber necklace and 7 Justin Bieber rubber wristbands and cried while Justin sang to me and thousands of girls screamed in jealousy at me. A true fact about me is that while in grade 7 I had a whole wall filled with posters of the Biebs. No wall space was bare. I woke up to lots of Justin’s smiling at me. Which also sounds like the plot to a horror movie starring a 13 year old boy in 2010. Regardless, I will never forget my first celeb crush, JB. Maybe one day Justin will claim his love for me, I mean… Never Say Never.
Claire’s is a store I’m sure many of us girls are familiar with. It was the store you always hit up while you were walking around the mall with your friends and your mom shopped in a different store. But yet, we still felt totally cool and mature as we went shopping “by ourselves.” For many girls it was the place to get your ears pierced. For me it was the place where you could buy tons of squishy bright earrings that were shaped as various animals and desserts. Did I need an 8 pack of cupcake earrings in lots of fun colours? Hell yes I did. I still go in there occasionally just to breathe in all that nostalgia and cheap- ass-products-marked-up to-ridiculous-prices smell.
4. MSN Messenger
When I made my MSN account, my life became school… then hours of messenger. We all made stupid email names that we regretted as we got older, had the short “sup” and “nothing much” conversations, and customized your page with different colours and emoticons. Fun story, I was talking to a boy I really liked from school on msn. As I asked him “whats up” he responded with “nm jc”. In my head I was thinking “OMG, he just gave me the nickname JC. He must really like me.” (My initials are JC) I went on with the conversation for a while, sending cute messages until my best friend logged in. I messaged her instantly as I was so excited to update her on my progress with my crush. I shared my good news that he had been using a cute nickname for me, my best friend sadly informed me that “jc” was ‘just chilling’ in text talk. In that moment I learned that this boy may not like me back and also that I wasn’t cool and trendy as I thought.
5. The Cheetah Girls
They call themselves the Cheetah Girls because “the cheetah is the fastest, fiercest feline in the jungle.” The Cheetah Girls taught us to be unique, different and ourselves. And also taught me lots of dance steps. It also made me want to wear colour coordinated Juicy couture tracksuits with my squad. The empowering songs, fun fashion and sassy dance moves aren’t the only great parts of this movie. It also tackles more serious issues like different economic backgrounds, identity, race and the negative sides of the entertainment indsutry. Their song Cinderella changed the way we thought about fairytales. It stressed the idea of girl power. As the lyrics say “I’d rather rescue myself.” The Cheetah Girls will always have a special place in my heart. Shoutout to my ♬amigas, cheetahs, friends for life♬
6. The Lizzie McGuire Movie
Hilary Duff was my queen in elementary school. I wanted to be just like Lizzie. Then the movie came out. This is when my parents made Disney a lot richer. I alone probably helped their box office numbers significantly. I needed to see Lizzie and Gordo travel to Rome on the big screen multiple times. The Lizzie McGuire movie taught me class trips are an awesome place to meet your doppelgänger, impersonate them during a performance in front of thousands and be swooned by a handsome random man you meet. I found out this is not exactly true on my trip to New York with school. I did not perform at Radio City Music Hall as my long lost identical twin. That sucks. However, I did learn to not always trust a handsome face and most importantly learnt what dreams are made of!
7. After School Cartoons
The cartoons on Teletoon and Family Channel were the best. They were especially great when you could sit down and relax after your walk home from school.
I always caught ‘Dave the Barbarian’ right as I got home after walking from school. Other shows that I lived by were Kim Possible, Totally Spies and Proud Family.
When watching those cartoons, these bad boys were a great snack.
More importantly, if you had these at recess you were ruling that playground.
9. Flip Phones
I got my very first phone in grade five when I started walking home from school. It was a small pink Virgin Mobile flip phone that I absolutely adored. While it would be cool to have my flip phone back, I think I will stick with our phones now. I do not miss the way you had to double or triple click for other letters while texting. I could never reach the number of texts I send a day now with those buttons. Other kids had the phones with the slide out keyboard. But the one thing I had over them is that I could always look important when I ended a call on my flip.
10. Classic Youtube
Before all of the internet trolls existed, Youtube was just full of classic and weird videos that are now in the hall of fame of internet videos. When I had a friend over we would just play on the family computer and watch funny videos. Then at recess we would all share what we watched and come home with a list of things to go look for on Youtube. Now a days you can easily share things with just a tap of a button. In under a minute your friend can be watching what you just watched via text or the various social media apps. I hate to sound like those mad hipsters but we are the ones who organically used Youtube to share things with our friends. Kids will never know the struggle now if they can just pull out their new iPhone from their pocket at recess.
Some of my favourite’s were Fred, Charlie the Unicorn, The Duck Song, and most importantly, the iconic song Shoes.
Share with me some of your favourite throwbacks!
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