What would happen if we all went back to the 1990’s? I know, I know, every generation has their decade of nostalgia and for my generation, that is the 90’s. It was a time period where people were less afraid of their neighbors and the world seemed to be a more stable place. There was less worry, but then again, I was very young and there tends to be less worry when you’re young.
Still, when I was a kid, trick-or-treaters actually came into your house to get their candy. Even if you didn’t know each other. The thought of that today would send shivers down most people’s spines. From the parents’ perspective, there would be the threat of kidnapping or worse. From the homeowner’s perspective, robbery or worse. What has happened to us in the short 20 years since then?
I can think of many things, but the one event that seemed to spark this distrust: 9/11. Our sense of security was obliterated with that smoking building. We’re not as safe as we thought. Fear. It does strange things to people. It multiplies so easily. If only happiness was that contagious.
Another: the Internet. In the 90’s, it was still new to commercial use and less widespread. But now, our lives are no longer private and our personal information is sacred. Among many other factors, they combined to change our lives: A flaming attack on innocent people in NYC, identity theft from strangers, a mysterious new technology that connects the world. A dangerous world was brewing. And everything was about to change.
Now, technology is updated so often that even the Joneses are having a hard time keeping up. Trust me, I know them. The Internet has made our lives more efficient….and more plugged in. Cell phones are like lifelines for most people. Some of them panic at the thought of leaving the house without their phones.
But in the 90’s, that’s what we did. We faced the world head-on in our flashy-colored clothes. We weren’t afraid to be stranded without that line of communication. Car trouble at that time was hoping and praying for a good Samaritan as you stood by the side of the road with a smoking vehicle. And yes, that’s a bit scary, but there’s adventure in that. We lived precariously according to today’s standards, but we were alive in the risk.
What a wonderful decade. It was a time where people were invested in other people instead of being so drawn in to the device in their hand. Unless you had a Game Boy, of course.
I’ve been told that if you keep a piece of out-dated clothing long enough, eventually it will come back in style. I hope this is true of the 90’s. I hope we can recycle that feel-good rush of a life lived on the brightly colored edge.
So what do you think? What was your nostalgic era and why?