When I was a teenager (early 00s), I was waiting for my mother to pick me up and was wearing one of those shitty sports wristwatches. It was itching me so I took it off for a second, but then she arrived and because I was struggling to get it back on my wrist, I looped it around the equally shitty chain I had around my neck in a rush to get out the door.
My mom asked me about it in the car, and I told her this was my new style and I planned to wear it like that every day. She rolled her eyes.
I wore that watch on a chain around my neck every single day for 3 years or so. There are even professional family photos where I’m wearing it because I refused to take it off.
One day, the chain broke and I lost the watch. I was in high school at that point anyway and it was a major lady repellent, so... phase over.
I mean you really committed to it though lol
I was VERY into The Transformers when I was a wee lad in the 1980s. One day, I decided to change my name to the name of my favorite Autobot. My name was lame, and I wanted an awesome Transformer name. And I was VERY insistent that my parents only call me by my new name. Calling me by my 'old' name would cause a big fat tantrum on my part.
So for the better part of a week, my poor parents had to call me Wheeljack.
Immensely disappointed that your username isn’t Wheeljack, I think your past self would be too.
My cat-ear phase. I wore cat ears every single day. Everywhere. I had like 20 pairs of them. Now everyone thinks I’m a furry.
My daughter is currently going through a cat ear phase. Fortunately, her bestie is also experiencing a cat ear phase, so they’re having a good time being weird and adorable together.
I went to a car show once as a teen, and the only newer car there was some chick's PT cruiser. It was hot glittery pink, and at the time I was obsessed. I insisted that one day I would have a hot pink car, with pink seats, pink dash, pink carpets, etc. I was pretty heavily goth at the time, so my parents just rolled their eyes.
Snorting my first painkiller spent over half my life addicted and so high i didn't know who I was i still struggle with temptation on a bad day or if things seem to be going south
Wanted to be a wrestler, would put on shows on my trampoline and had a magazine too, never made it to mania
My boyfriend when I sixteen that I swore to god was my soulmate.
I don’t even remember his name now.
Oh yeah this one.
I was recently discussing something with a friend of mine, and it reminded me of a story about a huge fight with an ex of mine from college. We broke up, it was weird, and I was explaining to him what happened and getting so mad about it still.
"So what was her name?"
Uhm... It uh... fuck.
It's been two weeks, I still only have the first name. Rebekah. She meant *so much* to me at the time. Now it's maybe 15 years, and I don't recall her last name, most of what we ever discussed, or the sound of her voice.
I thought I was Not Like Other Girls.
Really wanted a horse.
Ridiculously allergic to horses.
Also could not afford a horse.
No one can afford a horse. It's ok.
Just the standard: "I don't NEED to go to school, MUM. I'm in a BAND!"
My mom was like “your band sucks, at least go to music school so you can learn to play.”
Trenchcoat phase after I saw the matrix. Turns out a goofy fucking 13 year old doesn't look or feel as badass in one as Neo does. EDIT: I was a sheltered kid in a sheltered town. I'd heard of Columbine but had not seen the video and had made no connection between the coat and the event.
You gotta wear the sunglasses too.
I used to button the top buttons of polo shirts
I must say, this is probably the worst one I’ve read
I had a posh phase once. Spoke in a terrible british accent, put my pinky out while drinking tea, said pardon a lot. My brother told me to stop so i did
Every once in a while I break into my exaggerated english accent when talking to my cat, but I dont know if that counts
I got a tattoo when I was 21 (a fairly big one) because I wanted to show my parents I was an adult and could do what I wanted with my body! I absolutely loathe it now and am looking to get it removed 🙄
Athiest here with a giant cross on my back....
Being a tattooer. Regrettable because of those poor people who have my awful doodles on their bodies.
For some your regrettable phase never ended.
I was obsessed with "The Craft" in junior high and was convinced that I was a witch. I basically just drew pentagrams all over my school work and wore a lot of rings on my fingers. That's it.
I think a lot of us 90s girls did this. I started a “coven” with my friends in 8th grade. We would buy Wicca books from Barnes & Noble and one girl took it way too seriously and got mad at us when we didn’t do our reading assignments
My friend and I decided we were going to open a bar in Jamaica with exotic snakes in glass cages in the walls at each booth. We convinced ourselves it would be amazing for at least 2 years in college. It was going to be called Fredro's.
My entire family made fun of me for it. Once we got out of college, we realized it was not feasible and joined the office grind. We're also 2 white guys with no ties to Jamaica.
I made up a girlfriend named Sarah that died of cancer and told everyone how I was depressed and wanted to kill myself. I was 8
How’s therapy going?
Baggy pants, being a rapper someday and being a professional skater.
When I was about 14 and eminem was starting to blow up I bought myself a keyboard with a synthesizer. It cost like $200 which was all the money I had saved up. It finally came (this was way before amazon prime and such) and I tried rapping. My sister told me "you're effing horrible" and I gave up right then and there 😭
I never got to experience anything like that as a kid. I suppose the closest thing was back when I got into paintball. I was obsessed. Turns out it was just a 3 year phase since the entire paintball community sort of died off all around the same time.
Yeah paintball took a *massive* hit with the economy plunging in 2009. It's a really expensive hobby and never truly recovered.
I... had a Jedi braid when I was younger😳
I did too! Although I'm a girl with long hair so it was not that noticeable. I had it especially if there was a test that day. I guess it made me feel closer to the Force or something. I also have it in my 8th grade class photos.
Acting like a thug ... being 12 years old from a white middle class family but acting like a career criminal, born in the streets, who had done a nickel of hard time in the clink. At the mall on a Friday night giving you the crazy eye with my backward hat and baggy pants.
If someone did actually “try” me we would usually just bump chests and say “do something then” “go head then” “no you do something homie” walking in circles with my hands by my side because I’m more concerned about looking gangster than I am about defending myself. 9/10 times nothing would happen but I would definitely chalk it up as a win for my crew anyway.
Side note tho one of my best homies head butted a guy with terrible head butt technique and it knocked them both unconscious, but because my friend woke up and got up first he declared himself the victor, it was surprisingly hard to argue with that logic.
Also I had my nickname embroidered on my fitted hat from lids “Lil E” but because of the calligraphy style font and bad spacing it appeared to read Lile or Lily as most would pronounce it and that sucked ass ... spent like a whole months allowance on that stupid hat never to be worn again, but also never forgotten by my friends.
Sounds like a good day on the streetz to me.
I wore a top hat with an anime pin on it for around a year. Met one of my current best friends while wearing it, idk how he could bear to speak to me after that.
Genuinely laughed out loud at this one, thanks for sharing
Dancing to one direction and thinking I'd be in the background of their music video lmao. I actually said that this is going to be my career.
This. This. This. Except it was t.A.T.u for me. I told my family that they were coming to my school and I was selected to dance onstage to their big hit, All The Things She Said. So I NEEDED to practice in the living room for months. When asked what other songs they had, I can't remember what I made up because all I remember is their face full of pity. The only person that believed me was my 7 year old sister and I forged their autographs for her.
There was a time in my younger days when i was obsessed with death. I wanted to be a hitman. I had convinced myself that i was gonna be an assassin. That lasted a few months
Just a hobby now?
I wanted to be a big-time hero and save the world from every bad thing.
I just play D&D now.
What do you play as? DM or a class?
Ugh. My tramp stamp. Thought it made me look so hot and flirty. Now I'm a professor and always have to wear high waisted pants so none of my students ever see it.
Edit: Dammit, why is this my highest rated comment. My idiotic tramp stamp does not deserve this level of recognition. I might as well have cut out the middle man of the actual image and just tattooed 'I have low self esteem' right above my ass.
Hmm I have one of those, except I got a skull with heart shaped eyes in 2006. Then 2010 comes along and a show called monster high comes out and wouldnt ya know it, the logo of the show looks EXACTLY like my tattoo. So now I have a monster high tramp stamp and have to wear a one piece to the beach when I'm with my kids, or else I get called frankie Stein or smthg stupid all day🤦♀️
There was a time when I believed that I wanted to enter seminary and study for the priesthood.
Mom said, "It's a passing fancy. You lead an intensely secular life and are only flirting with the idea because you enjoy time spent at church playing your organ as a lay person."
She was right, but I wouldn't admit it at the moment. By my junior year in high school, the notion had passed.
Did you at least continue playing the organ and shred sone sick solos tho?
Due to being a massive Harry Potter fan my stepsister just assumed I liked Star Wars, I was stupid and embarrassed because saying I wasn't a fan would make me "less of a nerd" so I put up with years of Star Wars gifts and collectables including figurines, onesies, pjs, movie tickets, books and so on. I still haven't watched all of them.
It only stopped when I moved out of home.
Oh god, acting. After years of theater starting in elementary through college, I thought that was it. Loved being on stage. My (Korean) mom would try and bribe me with fast food and other contraband instead of heading out to classes and auditions.
Now I work in IT but still take classes here and there. So, compromise
I went through an Eminem phase were I decided to speak more “urban”. It was basically me saying “yo” a lot and making fulsome gestures with my hands. I would work lyrics into my everyday vernacular like “how ELSE do you get to the booty” and “rap god!” Usually they were completely out of context and inappropriate. I called my friends my “peoples”.
I’m cringing into the floor just thinking about it.
Edit: some more phrases that I coopted for a while:
J-Roc, is that you?
When I was 16, I kept my hair dyed blue, and kept myself fairly busy earning money to keep buying the hair dye so it would stay that way. One summer, one of our cats, a gray and white one, had to have a leg amputated after being bitten by a snake, and I noticed that the skin beneath the fur was the same color, in the same pattern, as her fur had been.
And it was just enough to pass idiot teenage muster.
So, I shaved my head with the intention of getting my entire scalp tattooed blue, thinking that when my hair grew back in, it would be forever blue. I even found a tattoo guy willing to do the job, but only if an experimental square inch worked.
I'm still blonde, but I do have a tattoo on my scalp that's just a blue square.
My mother was too dumbfounded to say anything. And my step dad just walked out onto the back porch to stare into the yard for a while. It was never brought up again once it was clear the experiment didn't work.
I never dyed my hair again after that either.
Edit: Fantastic. My highest rated and most rewarded post is one about I was stupid enough to shave my head and get a tattoo because I tried to be a pre-2000 Ramona Flowers forever.
That’s fucking hilarious lol
Sad part is we still have phases as we age. Hit 40 and I had my first "I'm going to get cancer and die" phase. Little later it was "I'm going to have a heart attack and die phase". I've had friends all seem to go through something similar, that realization of our own mortality.
Plus people my age get wanderlust and chase tail or buy a new sportscar (did neither thankfully).
Im 46 and went through a Viking phase. I was obsessed with Vikings. Read books, watched shows and docs. Learned all i could about them. Did the Ancestry.com and found i have very little Scandinavian blood. So, that happened.. But now its pirates
Wanting colored contacts. My vision was fine, but I wanted purple eyes. I still think it would be cool, but I'm not going out of my way for that.
A few years ago I briefly dated a goth girl who I brought to Easter dinner at my mom's. I went with my mom and brother to the store to get some things before dinner and when I came back ready to eat my ex had put in red colored contacts when she got ready for dinner. My mom's dogs fucking lost it and wouldn't stop snarling like a demon had joined us for dinner and I have yet to live it down with my family.
Not sure why I shared that but it seemed relevant.
i’m 29 and till this day still obsessed with something new every couple weeks. my wife hates it
My husband is like this. I call it the “bursts” and ride the waves like the ocean. It’s interesting what he brings next! I learn something with each new thing. And I much prefer his quick-change interests phases to his depressive phases. Those we ride out too. Known him for 30 years, 20 of them married - not a phase!
new kids on the block. was a lifestyle.
My anime phase. I don’t really watch a lot of anime now but I wouldn’t mind watching it from time to time. Especially when I was 13/14 and went through a whole phase of watching this one show and becoming dark because this character was only into dark things and wore the color black all the time. I also remember thinking how super hot he was. Now I don’t ever want to remember this time at all
I was trying to guess the anime, but I realized there's way too many that fit. Bleach maybe?
I went through a weird phase as a child where I almost exclusively watched The Weather Channel for a couple of years. This was back in the early 2000s, when there was no entertainment programming, just repeating news segments and "Local on the 8s," the latter of which I got really excited for. I was also obsessed with watching this stupid slideshow on the local access channel and memorizing the lunch menus for every school in the district.
My mom would get angry at me for doing this. She even took me to see a child psychiatrist, who decided there was nothing wrong with me-- I was just strange. But really, I was absolutely obsessed with PowerPoint. I made all sorts of presentations in my free time, and I was convinced I would become a professional PowerPoint maker, which no one at the time told me wasn't a thing.
It turned out to be a phase because being forced to use PowerPoint today makes me groan... I'd rather spend hours editing a video or writing an essay, especially if that PowerPoint presentation requires an accompanying speech.
I find this phase to be regrettable because I missed a lot of great children's shows of the time, like Lizzie McGuire and As Told By Ginger. I just wanted to watch the most mundane, unmemorable things on TV.
oh my god I thought I was a redneck (18f). only wore camo, adopted a southern accent, tried trading in my brand new infiniti for a dirt bike... not a good chapter of my life
Lol in when I was 17 I had a rusty f-150, Wore a mossy oak hat, cut-offs and jeans. Truck was because I was broke, hat was because I bow hunted. I lived in a major city and really wasn't redneck at all, just kind of looked like it.
Well anyways I started seeing a girl that was preppy and cute and yada. After a few dates she started dressing hick af. I was like what's happening, she wore a skirt the first date and now she's wearing a camo tanktop and boots?
I asked her and she said she thought that's what I'd like since I was redneck. Felt like a backhanded compliment lol.
I got really obsessed with being a Christian - buying all the Christianity books, Christian music (like Christian hardcore/ska/pop punk). I joined a methodist church and even got baptised and went to all their mission trips and such.
I'm Jewish lol but I got to go to NYC so \\\_(ツ)\_/
"I'm jewish" lmao biggest plot twist ever
Changed my name for about a year
I feel like I never experienced life as a teen. I never got to tell my mom she didn’t understand me and storm off to my room.
Same. Now that I’ve moved out and am getting my life together, I can feel my inner child/teen screaming at me. It’s painful bc I want to be the cringey teen with the anime merch, posters, and favorite bands.
But unfortunately I’m an adult with a job, am in college, and a shitty situation mentally. Honestly... it hurts.
I used to wear clip on ties. Over t shirts. I really wanted to start a trend and i thought i was so cool and quirky. Cant believe that phase of my life was real lol
Scene fashion. I back-combed my hair to hell and back, and got quite a few facial piercings I still have scars for lol
The worst part was the actual clothes. I still cringe thinking about when I wore these neon blue leopard print leggings with a pink tutu skirt. And all the tacky, cheap beaded jewelry. My mom told me not to leave the house like that and I told her she didn't "get it".
All the cringe.
I can picture you so clearly, you would've been the younger me's crush.
I would wear chains all over.
Ah, the cringe days.
I recently created a playlist with a friend where we keep adding our angsty teenager music, and you know what? It brings me a huge smile whenever I listen to it.
I got 3 Hollywood undead tattoos. There’s no going back out of this phase even if I wanted to
well at least now everywhere you go, bitches always know....
I have a real whopper.... I loved anime as a teenager. This was in the 90s so it wasn't that mainstream yet. Because I had no interest in anything else, I took a year of Japanese. Then because I STILL had no other ambition or interest, I signed up in the military to go to Japan. For 8 years.
Got out, went to college and because I STILL didn't know what I wanted to do, I studied Japanese. By this time, the interest in anime had worn off, but learning culture and history was cool. So... I went to college to learn Japanese. As a major.
6 goddamned years, a ton of core classes and not a single interest in any other thing. I was "done" with the Japanese language at that point, but because near the end, my class literally couldn't be run without me, I stayed. I stayed because I felt like it would be a waste if I changed it. Like everything I had done up to that point was a lie.
Here I am with a degree in Japanese Language/History and Culture and I'm not at all interested in it anymore.
I'm looking for a real job, have been since I got out of college but for now I work for a temp company for a Japanese air conditioning company.
What do you mean by your class couldn't be run without you?
I became *extremely* religious in my late teen years. Planned on being a missionary to FARC in Columbia kind of extreme. My mother tried to tell me that I might feel differently in the future and to be careful. I screamed that, if anything, I wanted to be *MORE* extreme.
I run a liquor store now and she is kind enough not to rub my face in it. I think she’s mostly glad I’m not trying to convert godless drug-lord revolutionaries while dodging AK-47 fire.
Edit: *Colombia. I am not a particularly good speller.
Well I have a "live laugh love" tattoo....
Im so sorry.
Anime, emo stuff (mcr and the like). I still am mildly into them but nowhere near the levels I used to be. As much as I hate my emo phase, I don’t think I would be who I am now without it. Same goes for anime.
(For the record I still love mcr. They’re a great band! I just don’t use them as a substitute for a personality anymore)
I still love listening to mcr every now and then.
Being a hippie. Still love nature, meditation and the Grateful Dead, but it's nice to have a clear head and a meaningful career.
I relate to this one big time. Got way into the hippie lifestyle because of all the beautiful things I was seeing and great people I was meeting, but it made it difficult to make real measurable progress in life. Took me a while to realize that being a functional and productive member of society isn't the same as "selling out", and that the beauty and interactions I was seeking could be found almost anywhere.
Joining the Army. A few years in I quickly realised it was a shit idea.
Hopefully you don't mean a few years into your enlistment.
Ex had a buddy who memorably said "Sometimes I miss being in the army, then I beat my head against the wall until it goes away." He retired from the navy instead.
I thought I was asexual cause I'd never liked anyone before and so I told my mom I wanted to grow up and live alone and never find love because people only made you feel worse once they left. Evidently it's worth it and I'm not asexual
"nothing is sad until it's over. Then everything is"
Then I slipped up and paralysed myself. Had to learn to walk again which took 3 years.
Interestingly, where my parents discouraged me from "wasting time" on gymnastics before the accident, after the accident and my recovery they encouraged me to take it up again... but i cant. The accident and the horror surrounding it still gives me nightmares some nights.
A tongue in cheek comment I’ve heard gymnasts say is that a serious gymnast will either become a gymnastics coach for kids or a physician—both due to injuries.
I’ve seen two college gymnasts injure themselves so badly they lost their scholarships—but both became doctors due to their interest in medicine with all the injuries.
I wanted to be a psychologist since I was eleven. Now here I am, a 19 year old college drop out with no aspirations.
You all are hereby formally invited to /r/blunderyears
I had an ‘emo’ phase but it never really ended tbh. I still love the music and I still look a bit ‘alt’ but in a more age appropriate way.
HOWEVER I HAD A CRUST PUNK PHASE in my early 20’s. I was broke as hell but not totally homeless, hung out with other crusties, LOVED FOLK PUNK (still do though), didn’t shower, got stick n pokes and had bands play in my house. I was an alcoholic at the time. I never hopped trains or any of that shit because I thought it was stupid and dangerous (I would tell my crusty friends how ~*cool it was though) but smelling bad, being drunk, eating and wearing garbage? Oh heck yeah. It’s cringey how much I spoke about political ideas I had no true understanding of and the way I looked was atrocious but I definitely met some interesting people and gained a new perspective on life. I appreciate what I learned but also YIKES.
Being a huge bitch. I was so fucking rude as a teen! Thank GOD it passed.
Same. I apologize to my mom about it all the time now but she just laughs and says “that’s how teenagers are” but truly I was a little shit and she deserved better
My straight edge phase for sure. I was in 8th grade and super into hardcore punk, so having smoked weed once and having no sexual experience at all, I decided I was never gonna do any of that stuff. Lasted about 8 months til freshman year when a girl was willing to touch my penis, so I threw the whole lot out lol.
I'm fucking straight edge bro
*Girl touches peepee*
Ok where's the meth
My scene phase. Huge hair looked like I had an ass for hair. 100 silly bands, I love boobies, etcc bracelets. So much eyeliner. Crazy music. But I actually don't regret it.
When i was 16 i wanted to gauge my ears sooooo bad but my mom talked me out of it and said i would absolutely regret it. 12 years later thank god she stopped me
I just turned 18, I was going to get a blink 182 tattoo on my back, told my dad about it (who didn’t give a shit), who then told my mom, who then told me that if I did it I am not allowed to live at her house. I told her it wasn’t a phase and they made me who I am…after much arguing I caved and didn’t get it. I am now 30 and THANK FUCKING GOD FOR MY MOTHER.
Baby doll dresses and combat boots. I’m a product of the 90s, what can I say?
Still a good look
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