Growing up in the wrong decade

By Jessie Schirrick, Posted December 18, 2013

This era doesn’t have anything going for it. The most popular artists are degenerate miscreants who don’t even write their own songs. The dance moves are degrading and inappropriate. There is barely any standard of proper etiquette. In a weak attempt to restore humanity to its former self, I’ll take you for a walk down memory lane.

60’s fashion was timeless and unforgettable. The fluid material and multicolored prints will forever be in my heart and wardrobe. The long wavy and braided hairstyles of hippies at the time defined a decade of peace. Skipping a shower was not only accepted but encouraged because natural beauty was truly valued. The youth of America was invited to “come as they are.” It is my most sincere regret as a person that I am unable to experience Woodstock as it really was. My generation couldn’t even get their eyes off of an electronic screen long enough to take a walk outside let alone free their mind and spirit from the chains of society.

80s hair bands were a powerful force. Def Leppard’s “Animal” is not a rock song but a riveting ballad, less spiritual music like Wham!’s “Wake me up before you go” is stimulating nonetheless. Even generic pop princesses like Paula Abdul and Madonna had something to offer. While all the previously mentioned artists proved themselves iconic, Journey seals the 80’s place on the throne as the best decade for music. The journey is a timeless band and I consider myself lucky that Arnel Pineda was able to replace Steve Perry and keep the legacy alive so that it could last long enough to touch my ears and heart.

The manners and genuine characteristics of people in the earlier part of the 1900s deserve a standing ovation. When people were expected to use the terms “Sir” and “Ma’am” it seemed like people actually cared about the well-being of others. A study conducted at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research concluded that college students are 40% less empathetic than they were in 1979. The study suggests that this lack of feelings is due to the major increase in technology.

Classic movies like “Pulp Fiction”, “Fight Club”, “Clueless”, “Forrest Gump”, and “The Lion King” all have one thing in common: they were released in the ’90s. It is my opinion that “Toy Story” is Disney’s most outstanding franchise to ever grace TV screens. The perfect mixture of adventure and plastic doll camaraderie can make a lasting impression on all viewers. The 90’s also produced “Home Alone” one of the most beloved Christmas movies. The challenges Kevin faces while discovering the value of family is humorous and heartwarming on those cold winter days. The first time I saw “Wayne’s World” I was mad at myself for having never taken the time to watch it. The classic comedic antics of Wayne and Gunther have stood the test of time.

If I haven’t convinced you that you’re better off turning to vintage and retro styles then chances are you have terrible taste and your mind has been flushed down the toilet bowl of the 2010s.