That they are classics, and they will live on forever and you will love them forever until the day the earth swallows us?
We all did.
If you didn't, you're weird. I apologise.
And soon the time came when you just didn't have space anymore in your room, to let 'other' rad stuffs to move in with your old collectibles
So you stored them in a box. Mom nags you to throw away your 'junks' but you refused.
You believed that you will need them again. Someday.
So you kept all those things in a box and shoved it under your bed. Or your little brother's bed.
After all, you're going to continue your studies/work in the big city. And you're definitely coming back someday.
And one day, you came back.
And decided to open your proud box of teenage glory.
I did that.
Looking at my old stuffs brought back all my teen days memories.
Memories of friends whom you thought you'd be friends forever and now you just keep in touch on Facebook, memories of falling in love the first time, memories of having your heart being torn apart the first time and memories of that time when you sneaked out with your friends one night and got caught by your parents resulting in you cutting yourself thinking no one understands you. And etcetera.
Also, I realised that big box that I kept remnants of my teen years is also my big box of shame.
Things that would make you go, "WTF, how could I still have my ears attached listening to these rubbish?" or "WTF, why didn't anyone shoot me in the head and allow me to buy these stuff?" Or something like that.
People, this my box of nostalgic teenage remnants/teenage box of shame:
To avoid your eyes from bleeding, I'm just going to focus on one thing today.
What, late 90's babies? You don't know what these things are?
Okay, let grandma explain. It plays music, just like your MP3 player. Astonishing, no?
I'm going to pull the bandage now and show you my shameful, tasteless music collection. Which I thought was totally cool at that time.
If I were given the chance to go back in time, the first thing I'd do is burn these obscene things and bury the ashes deep down into the earth's crust.
Alright, now that's done and while waiting for myself to uncringe, I'm going to share with you my collections that may seem embarrassing right now, but I have enough self-esteem to say that I AM PROUD to own 'em.
Like, which 10 year old girl in the 90's DID NOT dig the Spice Girls and fighting among friends about who should be Baby Spice and always letting the weirdo or the last person to pick a Spice Girl nickname to be Scary Spice?
After the crazy girl band phenomena, boys who thought they could sing decided to band up and sing for fawning girls who were just starting to learn how to wear sanitary pads. I, as you can see was one of the victims of dancing, serenading blue-eyed boys. Though I admit it is embarrassing to used to like boybands, I think these guys are an exception.
Their music was great 10 years ago, and when I listen to them again, I knew why I was crazy about them. Especially Ronan Keating. He could melt every teenager's heart way back and now I believe he still can melt any single middle aged women's heart.
Okay fine. Laugh.
Then there was that time when I was all angsty and angry at the world. My music taste had changed drastically.
It used to cure any heartache. And now it just gives me a headache. The wonders of being a teenager.
And of course, there are the music that I'd still listen when I get sick of the mainstream.
Now, these are classics since I still like them. Not so sure in 30 years.
And lastly, who could forget these?
Good 'ol mix tapes!
Don't understand why the cover is handwritten, late 90's baby? Well see, before the time when we can download music illegally and digitally, money was scarce, and some good bands didn't make it in the local stores. So what we did was listen to the radio, and every time our favorite song was about to play, we pressed RECORD and tape it using empty cassettes. But sometimes there were DJs who talk too much and that ruins EVERYTHING.
Aah...Those were the days.
Thank you Internet for making everything extremely easy and free today. And also for making me feel old.
**P/S: If you know any