I Miss The 90’s
Over the years I have come to learn that the “’90s” are less about what you know and more about what you remember. There is just a huge difference between knowing that Rugrats originally began in ’91andthe feeling you get every time you hear “Superman” from Goldfinger. In most “’90s” kid’s mind, facts just don’t matter and probably never will. We are all guilty of putting Tony Hawk’s Proskater 2 or Goldeneye, in their respective console for the sake of nostalgia and having the younger people around us look puzzled as to why we would ever play that game, let aloneenjoyit and hail it as one of our favorites. But that’s what nostalgia does. It will always make everything in comparison seem “less than”; it will make Inception look and feel as though it’s second rate compared to The Brave Little Toaster, and it will make Mumford and Son’s seem like a phase whereas Reel Big Fish had the anthem for our generation. So all of this brings up the simplest question: has nostalgia jaded our perception of reality? Is Blues Traveler really that much better than Nicki Minaj? Were our toys really that much better than the ones we’ll be giving our kids one day? The short answer is yes, our childhoods were better than the one’s from today, however the long answer is a bit more confusing. Due to nostalgia, which is a disease that affects everyone in the world, our minds will forever perceive the ’90s as a better time.We were young, carefree and life was simple. As I get older, I realize the same themes that are around today in pop music, movies, video games, and other media are ever present in the ’90s, ’80s, ’70s, and even the ’50s, but they were presented in a different way. So the world isn’t different now than it was 20 years ago, but we are. Everything after youth will feel second rate, it will feel less than what we experienced as a kid. But that’s not a bad thing because luckily we grew up so close to the technology age that we will never have to wonder what that song from our youth was, where Mr. Rogers is today and whether or not Lou Bega is really that much of a ladies man (my money is on him being the best example of a lady killer to ever grace this earth). We will still be able to play Super Smash Bros while listening to Sugar Ray because we lucked out being right in the sweet spot between technology and hard work and ingenuity. So if ever someone asks which time period is the best to live in, first question why this stranger has such weird questions for you, and second make sure that you explain that the ’90s were the time of your life, and if they don’t get the Green Day reference walk away before you have to seriously injure them for their insolence.