There's this quote I've seen bounce around Tumblr and the captions of cheesy photos for years now. I think it's from Perks of Being a Wallflower or a teen soap*, but it goes a little something like this:
"It's the oldest story of the world. One day you are seventeen and planning for someday, and then quietly, without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And that someday is yesterday. And this is your life".
I hate to say it, but Dreamy McSoapStud (or whoever is attributed with this line) is right. One day you're in your mom's car complaining about something so-and-so did, and she's telling you "this won't matter in five years," and you're so offended because of course it will. Of course when you're 22 you're going to still be mad at what's-her-name and you're still going to be sad that no one really asked you to the prom, because these are the biggest problems in the world that will follow you to the grave. But then somehow you're older and wiser and when you're reminded of these things you just shrug, smirk, and think "God, remember when that was all I cared about?" I had one of those moments this week, which inspired a lot of time spent in the car thinking about all of the beliefs I was once hell-bent on. So with that I present to you:
Things I Used to Believe--or Care About--That I No Longer Do.**
1) It's funny to call your friends sluts, whores, hoes, etc. Comedy gold!
2) Being super cynical and jaded is fun for all.
3) I want to be a bestselling author of Young Adult Fiction novels.
4) I don't think I'd ever have the courage to live anywhere but my hometown.
5) Ireland just isn't on my travel bucket list. Not sure why, but I have no interest in visiting.
6) Slamming doors gets the point across.
7) Curse louder and more often, just so people know you're tough.
8) The first two One Direction albums are objectively good, both musically and lyrically.
9) Oh, he's playing hard to get. He's ignoring me and being mean to me because he likes me.
10) No one but me has ever felt this lonely.
11) I can't talk to her; she's popular.
12) This dress is a little too short; I should wear jeans under it.
13) My go-to makeup routine will forever be unblended concealer, super thick cat-eye liquid eyeliner, and mascara. It's a good look.
14) Stretch marks are weird and ugly and I'm the only one of my friends who has then.
15) The girl I had a falling out with in high school is inherently evil.
16) Oversharing is noble and brave and I should do it as often as I can.
17) Storm out of class; it's a power move.
18) I'll download Snapchat, but I just can't see myself ever really using it that much.
19) Donald Trump is just that rich "ya fired" guy who made an appearance in Home Alone, that's all. In fact, I don't ever think about him at all because he's not really a notable or monstrous figure in society.
20) I can't imagine a time when this won't be a huge deal.
And there you have it. Twenty things I once believed but no longer do. I hope you all enjoyed and maybe resonated with a few of these. I want to know: What are some things you once believed in or cared about that you no longer do? Also someone tell me the grammatically correct way to say that.
*Update: Upon Googling, it is in fact from the popular early-2000s TV show One Tree Hill.
**I'm fairly certain this is a grammatical nightmare. If it's not it's at the very least a total clunker of a sentence. But just roll with it, okay?