Saturday, December 03, 2011

What 90s?

I'm feeling a little bit nostalgic about the 90s. I've always rather resented people who borrowed nostalgia from times that they don't even remember, but the fact is, I lived through all of the 90s, and, culturally speaking, I may as well have not lived through them. Between being dyslexic, homeschooled, and Mennonite, my cultural knowledge of the decade during which I was a child is very, very limited.

I guess this feeling was spurred on by listening to The Cranberries. I know their song Dreams, but as a cover done by Passion Pit. When I originally heard the song by the people who wrote it, I thought it was like an acoustic version of the one that I know. It was in fact, the original though, and after some research, I found out that it was released in 1993... when I was three years old. That's so weird––to think that a song that I really like now was popular way back then. It leads me to wonder what else I may have missed.

On the other hand, there is probably a lot of stuff it's good that I missed. But it still feels strange. I often hear people who are my age talking about how they remember music and movies and such in the 90s as being "their time" and everything now as being something new and strange. While I have a lot of memories from the time period, they are entirely confined to myself, my family, and perhaps my churches. My earliest memories of the world as far as the outside culture are concerned date to the early 00's at best.

Again, that may be a good thing, but it's also something I wonder about sometimes.


Lindsay Eryn said...

I feel the same way about the 90's. I was was extremely sheltered, but I don't regret my upbringing. I do sometimes regret that I missed out on all of the music that came around during that time. I'm certain that, if we didn't just listen to CCM all the time, I would have loved the punk rock bands of high school.

As it is, I've been catching up on everything since I entered college.

Halifirien Pilgrim said...

Exactly, Andrew! I read one of those you-know-you-lived-in-the-nineties-when posts today and didn't identify with anything except playing outside until it got dark.

My roommate keeps a running list of movies I "need" to watch.

Sometimes I think, wow, I could have so much more in common with people if I had been exposed to more pop culture. But then I realize what I have that they are missing and it more than balances out. Take education, for example. Most kids I talk to openly admit they wish their education had been more challenging, more active, more whatever.

But yes, it does make me feel separated from my peers.