It’s easy to idealize the past, but it’s also important we not forget the important lessons each respective era undeniably taught us. Are things always as great as we nostalgically remember them being? No, but when it comes to our collective yesterdays, there are some important lessons from the '90s that we should be sharing with our kids, today.
When I was younger, there was an aura of whimsical reminiscence surrounding the decades of yore. For example, I always pictured carefree kids riding bikes around at dusk in muted colors and snug ringer tees (thanks, Now and Then) in the '60s and '70s. It’s weird to think that the ways our parents felt about the '60s and '70s is how many millennials (okay, me) feel about the 80s and 90s.
With all due respect to, you know, science and technology and arts and culture and the many advances we have made since the '90s, sometimes we need to be reminded of the small-scale lessons that the realities of everyday life in the '90s taught us. Many of those lessons were neon-tinged and sparkly and probably held together by a scrunchie, but that doesn't make them any less important. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane, shall we? Hopefully your Doc Martens are properly broken in, because we have a lot to cover and I don’t want your feet to start hurting. (But, in case they do, I have a few seasons of Friends on DVD that we can watch while you put them up and relax.)