Ten Years Ago: A Retrospective for Twenty-Somethings
Do you ever think back and wonder: what was my life like ten years ago? Usually, I don’t, except it was my birthday this week so it got me thinking . . . what was I up to way back in the summer of 1997. For my fellow twenty-somethings, let me jog your memory about this year as a whole.
In 1997 the following songs were working the charts:
- "MMMBop" – Hanson
- "Say You’ll Be There" – Spice Girls
- "Bittersweet Symphony" – The Verve (still a good song)!
- "I’ll Be Missing You" – Puff Daddy and Faith Evans
- Men in Black
- Titanic (saw this one three times in the theater!)
- My Best Friend’s Wedding
- Austin Powers
On a more personal level, in the summer of 1997 I lived on Long Island, NY where my friends and I frequented the McDonald’s up the block. I dated my friend’s brother all the while actually wishing I was dating Leonardo DiCaprio. I tried out for a TV show at the mall (didn’t get the part). Broke up with friend’s brother. In August I turned 13 years old and had a pool party to celebrate. Then I was getting ready to enter the 9th grade (as an official High Schooler).
Back then things seemed less chaotic. Cell phones weren’t everywhere you looked neither were people holding bottles of water. Fashion was definitely different. Remember matte lipstick, and butterfly hair clips? Wide strapped tank tops? Pink/Blue/Green Colored sunglasses? But most of all, what has changed is our sense of safety. People still committed crimes and there were very real threats but in 1997 most of us associated the word "terrorism" with something that happened all the way across the globe.
Despite all that has happened these past few years, we are still here, living in 2007. We are twenty-something women who can make some difference in our society. We have the power to vote, to stand up for our rights and beliefs. After examining the past its time to look to the future. Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?