“Rugrats”, Tamagotchi, Beanie Babies, NSYNC versus Backstreet Boys: All of these are trends that helped define the supposed most recent “greatest decade”: the ’90s. Now, I can’t deny the significance of this decade, but my heart truly belongs to the 2000’s. After reading this blog about the “noughties,” as she nicknames the time period, I realized just how important these early years of the 21st century are to me.
Of course I love the nineties: Saturday morning cartoons were a part of my weekend ritual, Danny Tanner and his family never failed to teach me a lesson after every episode of “Full House” and just like every other girl, I made my most delicious desserts with an Easy Bake Oven.
But I was 7 years old when the new millennium hit. I grew up in the 2000’s. These are the times I began to tune in to pop culture and pay attention to the trends around me. I participated in many of the nineties trends because they were what was surrounding me: I participated in the 2000’s trends by choice. I went through my awkward tom boy phases in the 2000’s (which, yes, included the pants that zip off at the knee to make shorts) and I began to like boys in the 2000’s (including Jesse McCartney and Frankie Muniz, just to name a few). Lizzie McGuire went through the same adolescent struggles I did and Avril Lavigne’s album “Let Go” was the soundtrack of my life.
Looking back on my childhood, I realize the importance of taking pride in the time I grew up. The pop culture I was surrounded with and the hobbies I involved myself in helped to shape who I became today and although I am a true 90’s kid by definition, I proudly define myself as a true member of the 2000’s.