I'm one of those sad people who, when someone mentions that something was 10 years ago, I still think of the 1990s. Geez... ten years ago I was already two years into my career in retail book sales. After my chosen career, which I studied and got a bachelor degree for, didn't pan out.
How is it possible that I graduated from high school (go VooDoos!) 20 years ago?
There are so many things that don't seem like they happened 20 years ago...
- I turned 18.
- The Barenaked Ladies released their first full length album, "Gordon" (the one with 'If I Had A Million Dollars'). I had it on cassette.
- The war in Bosnia and Herzogovina was just cranking up.
- The European Union came into being.
- The cold war was officially ended.
- Jeffery Dahmer was convicted
- NAFTA was signed by Canada, the US, and Mexico
- The AIDS memorial quilt was unveiled
- The Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series
- Bill Clinton was elected
- It was a no-good, very bad year for the Royal family in Britian. Charles and Di officially split, Andrew and Fergie split, Windsor castle burned...
- Mylie Cyrus was born
- Windows 3.1 was the cutting edge in technology
- Wayne's World, Sister Act, A Few Good Men, and Aladdin were some of the top movies
- Color Me Badd was all the rage for those of us who love boy bands (and yes I saw them in concert)
- Home Improvement, Law & Order, and Married With Children were all popular
- I was working two jobs (Ar.by's and for my parents' office) to save money to go to college.
- I bought my first computer... a 386 DOS machine, on which I played hours and hours of shareware arcade-type games.
But I remember thinking that by the time I was 38 (which I will be in a few short weeks) I would be soooo much more certain of things. That I would be established. It's not that I'm unhappy with my life... I'm incredibly happy with my Beloved and my hard-won wee-lings. I just thought I would be so much more sure of things, of who I am and what I'm here for. And so many of the issues I was black and white on back then are now surrounded in a fog of grey.
Twenty years is a heck of a long time, and a lot can happen in two decades.
What do you remember from being 18? Do you still carry that 18-year-old around in your heart?