#ThrowbackThursday: Has It REALLY Been 10 Years, High School Musical?

HighSchoolMusical_Jewel

I’m pretty sure that at 26, I’m probably too young to be saying this but…I’m getting old! There is no way that High School Musical happened ten years ago. Granted, I started college by the time the third movie came out, but it doesn’t feel like High School Musical came out ten years ago.

I mean, ten years ago, I was 16 years old. And I loved this musical. I had no idea that it would be the sensation that everyone would either love or hate. By the time I got to college, I stopped talking about it. Nowadays, I consider it (and the sequels) to be guilty pleasures. I occasionally listen to the songs and watching the 10th Anniversary Special last night made me feel majorly nostalgic.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years,though. 10 years ago, I was still in California, blissfully unaware that over the summer I would end up living in an entirely different state. I had my first kiss at 16. I still have the shirt I wore back then and yes, it still fits.

Even though nostalgia has become a major trend, hindsight reminds me that my past wasn’t all rainbows and puppies. While I remember being kissed at 16, I’d rather forget the guy who kissed me! I never thought, at 16, that I would be living in Texas and still trying to make a name for myself through my writing.

In reality, high school is not as fun or musical as TV likes to make it look. It’s less like High School Musical or Glee and more like The Hunger Games.  I was somewhat popular in my high school because I did the morning announcements. I had a boyfriend. Sort of. But I wasn’t as happy as you’d think. By the time I got to my senior year, I felt less like High School Musical and more like this song by Paramore:

I didn’t realize it at the time, but the thing I was missing most was God and the richness of my Catholic faith. When I became part of the community at the University of St. Thomas, God slowly came back into my life. I discovered Adoration, Daily Mass, remembered how to pray the Rosary again, and went to Confession more often. I eventually broke up with my high school boyfriend after being on and off for about 3 years and found better things to love.

In this stage of my life, I often get frustrated when I see my friends and relatives getting married, having babies, living on their own, while I’m seemingly stuck in the same place that I’ve been ever since I got out of college. But I have to remind myself that the only person I can compare myself to is myself. Am I better than the person I was yesterday? If the answer is yes, then I made progress.

Am I a better person than I was 10 years ago?

Most definitely. I no longer want the guy who gave me my first kiss. I’m a much better writer than I was back then. I have somewhat better taste in music and in musicals. But more importantly, I’ve allowed God to be part of my life. I’m honestly happier than I was at 16 because even though I don’t have all the status symbols that people associate with success, the interior change that I’ve gone through is much more significant.

But for old time’s sake, I’m just gonna yell this one more time…

WHAT TEAM?

WILDCATS!

WHAT TEAM?

WILDCATS!

WHAT TEAM?

WILDCATS!

WILDCATS!

GET’CHA HEAD IN THE GAME!

Picture copyright to Disney and is used for editorial purposes only.

Lent Day 22: Nostalgia-You Can't Take It With You

Nostalgia is a very weird thing. What’s nostalgic for some may not be nostalgic for others.

For example, people who grew up in the 80s fondly remember the song “Take On Me” and the iconic music video that went with the song. However, I was born in 1990, so I don’t have any real memories of hearing that song as a kid or seeing the music video. However, if you ask me if I recall the theme song to Sailor Moon, I can pretty much sing it by heart. Also, I was too young for the target audience of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and yet my afternoons as a kid still revolved around a blonde teenage girl from California…she just lived in Beverly Hills and went by the name of Cher Horowitz. Yep, I watched Clueless the TV series. As well as Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

What prompted this trip down memory lane? Nostalgia Critic’s video about the Disney Afternoon. Unfortunately, as much as I loved watching this guy’s reviews I had no nostalgic recollection of coming home after school to watch the Disney Afternoon. Whenever I came home from school, I would usually do my homework first. However, I did remember One Saturday Morning, which was something that Critic mentioned.

No, my childhood at the time consisted of a mix of Fox Kids (to watch Power Rangers), Nickelodeon’s shows, and Toonami.

Fr. Robert Barron’s Lenten Reflection talks about what we take with us when we die. This brings me to the funniest thing about nostalgia: hindsight.

The word “nostalgia” implies yearning, a longing for something happy from the past. But sometimes, hindsight removes that filter we put around our nostalgic memories and makes us see them for what they really are.

For example, when I was a kid, I used to watch Beast Wars. When I found it on Netflix, I was super excited to watch it again…but it wasn’t as cool as I remembered it. The show overall was hammy and sometimes the dialogue was seriously laughable. But it still holds up okay.

That same hindsight can apply to our past actions. Are there parts of our lives we look back on with more fondness than we ought to? I mean, there are people out there making movies about how nostalgia can turn into a nightmare. Sometimes the things from our past that seemed right at the time may not hold up now.

In the end, we can’t even take our own memories with us.