Today my sister found an old picture of us when my friend Will Biddle was spending the night, back in the summer of 1990. Her caption simply read:
“You don’t even look human in this picture! I can’t stop laughing!”
After I saw myself, on the far left, I had to instantly agree. I’m assuming my mom was holding the camera, saying, “Okay, now let’s do a silly picture!”
What you see is the result of that.
I guess I was doing my impression of a Goomba from Super Mario Bros. mixed with Steve Urkel? I’m not really sure.
Standing next to me, in the middle, is my friend Will; who sadly, a few months ago, passed away.
And on the far left is my sister.
In an age where posting current pictures of our own kids on Instagram is the norm, it can also be a lot of fun to do the opposite: To show the world the funny kid-version of ourselves from the 80s or 90s.
This photo is 25 years ago.
I hope this picture brought joy to your life today, as it did mine.
Man, we were some funny kids.
Old pictures are funny. But that means current pictures may eventually become funny too.
No matter who you are, you didn’t look cool in 1992. That was a brutal year was for clothing fashion and hairstyles: Both male and female mullets, pale blue jeans, neon and/or gold accessories. It was just atrocious. But at the time, people didn’t necessarily realize how laughable they truly looked. (I was aware, but that was also the year I started Junior High, so by default I felt especially awkward.)
But 1992 isn’t the only year where if we look back through our old snapshots, we’d see an embarrassing version of not only ourselves but also of each other. The general rule is that pictures of ourselves from at least ten years ago are definitely going to be funny. I remember clearly thinking in 1995 (freshman year of high school), “There is nothing about right now that I will be able to come back and laugh at in the future.” But while I was thinking that to myself, I was wearing a hooded flannel shirt with Airwalks and my hair was parted down the middle like Sean from Boy Meets World. Though I was probably trying to look more like Corey’s older Eric at the time.
Of course it’s not just outdated fashion that makes these old snapshots so goofy. Physically, were we most likely a bit different back then, too. A while back, a guy from work brought in a picture of himself from the mid ‘90’s when he was about 50 pounds lighter and still had hair (and his hair was still brown). It was interesting to watch people’s reactions as he showed the picture to people individually. What was the best response? “Wow, look at that stud!” Or laugh and say, “That was you? You looked funny back then.” Either way, it’s a weird situation to be put in.
And that brings me to this point: Ten years from now, there’s a good chance that we will laugh at pictures of ourselves from the year 2010; despite how normal-looking and not funny-looking we think we look now. So in one sense, we can never really look normal. It’s funny how in an attempt to appear to be modern, we inevitably set ourselves up to be outdated.