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People are looking back on their younger selves with the Hey19YearOldMe hashtag.
Started by @HashtagRoundup, the trend has people sharing their heartwarming, meaningful, and even funny stories. Most people, especially within the LGBTQ+ community, are sharing how their lives got better since they were a teen.
“You’re good enough. you’re not lonely and you’re loved #Hey19YearOldMe,” Twitter user @basmaasker wrote.
19 year old me is current me me and all I have to say is GO PACK FOR UNI YOU HAVE LIKE ON DAY #Hey19YearOldMe— ｅｍ (@StarcourtEm) September 13, 2019
- You're good enough— 1st of April (@basmaasker) September 13, 2019
- you're not lonely and you're loved #Hey19YearOldMe
#Hey19YearOldMe being carded will one day put a smile on your face— James Edward Jr (@jamesedwardjr) September 13, 2019
Some Twitter users who are currently 19 years old find the hashtag a little weird. “#Hey19YearOldMe, it’s been a few months now. I wish you could love and trust yourself a bit more because you nice keep going. But stop procrastinating your driving license you stupid brat,” Twitter user @floweretjimin wrote.
#Hey19YearOldMe is trending. This is a little weird as a 19 year old— Walker (@wdseymour) September 13, 2019
#Hey19YearOldMe, it's been a few months now. I wish you could love and trust yourself a bit more because you nice keep going. But stop procrastinating your driving license you stupid brat— Maryam (@floweretjimin) September 13, 2019
#Hey19YearOldMe I am you right now.— WhoWantsToHear? (@wannalisten) September 13, 2019
Some are sharing sensible advice for their younger selves, while others are sharing cheeky calls for YOLO (You Only Live Once)–the responses ranging from, “#Hey19YearOldMe you are not fat” to “Steal more drinks.”
#Hey19YearOldMe someday you’ll be 46 and have a mortgage.— Jason Haack (@j1_haack) September 13, 2019
#Hey19YearOldMe Steal more drinks— Sambo @WorldWide (@abtsag) September 13, 2019
#Hey19YearOldMe - you’ll remember the moment you jumped out of that plane every. single. time. you have to take a risk in your life.— Juli (@juli_adhikari) September 13, 2019
So do the damn thing and jump out of that plane even if your legs shake - I’m so proud of you. pic.twitter.com/ZXUMFe2eRb
Just do it.— jessbws Ⓥ (@volcanoxbws) September 13, 2019
#Hey19YearOldMe Invest in Amazon and Google— Todd Otto (@toddotto) September 13, 2019
#Hey19YearOldMe don’t invest in Beanie Babies or Enron— Jeff Dwoskin - Hashtag Roundup (@bigmacher) September 13, 2019
#Hey19YearOldMe buy as much apple and amazon stock that you can afford, then borrow money and buy more.— Impopster (@impopster) September 13, 2019
And many are assuring their younger selves that everything turns out fine over time. The LGBTQ community is especially represented in this last chunk. “#Hey19YearOldMe I’m very proud of you for #comingout! It may not seem like it right now, but @ItGetsBetter! #25years #LGBTQ,” Twitter user @thegratefulboss wrote.
Other advice includes urging their younger selves to stop pretending to be straight, go see a therapist, and to break up with their boyfriends.
“#Hey19YearOldMe, you’re trans! In about a year you’re gonna start trying to untangle the web that’s been bothering you all your life, and it’s gonna be a long 7-8 years. If I could spare you that, I would. You’re trans, girl, embrace it,” Twitter user @JessicaJArmst wrote.
“Your gay and it’s okay. Jesus doesn’t hate you and you don’t need to hate yourself for something you can’t control. I know you keep trying to pray the gay away but eventually you’ll learn to love yourself for exactly who you are,” Twitter user @jazzyshmazzy3 wrote. “Also, stop crashing your cars.”
#Hey19YearOldMe I know you do not like the idea of being alone, but trust me, you deserve WAY better and you will thank me later. Leave him. The best is yet to come and you will know it when you meet him. That is all.— Sarah (@sarah_sparkl3s) September 13, 2019
#Hey19YearOldMe you’re starting to feel more comfortable with yourself so be proud!! you still have a long way to go but at least you’re getting there so!! keep that in mind! and don’t beat up yourself too much over the uni situation everything works out in the end 😌— jimin day!! | vero met got7 🥺 (@vorebinnie) September 13, 2019
Hey 19 year old me, stop pretending to be straight and get yourself a boyfriend, ya thirsty bitch. 🙃— Beutimus (@beutimusgaming) September 13, 2019
#Hey19YearOldMe Go to that therapist appointment.. Start the process. It'll be okay. You won't lose your family.— 🌈🍺Gwendolyn Anne Moore ⚽💀 (@Gwen_Moore313) September 13, 2019
#Hey19YearOldMe, you're trans! In about a year you're gonna start trying to untangle the web that's been bothering you all your life, and it's gonna be a long 7-8 years. If I could spare you that, I would. You're trans, girl, embrace it!— I Am Jessica (@JessicaJArmst) September 13, 2019
#Hey19YearOldMe— Jazzy (@jazzyshmazzy3) September 13, 2019
Your gay and it’s okay. Jesus doesn’t hate you and you don’t need to hate yourself for something you can’t control. I know you keep trying to pray the gay away but eventually you’ll learn to love yourself for exactly who you are!
Also, stop crashing your cars🙄
#Hey19YearOldMe— NEW ALBUM OUT NOW (@ps3hasnogame) September 13, 2019
look out for seizures, addictions, and your mom having a bad stroke
yr gonna come out as trans and it goes okay. u have 34D boobs now w jus hormones which took u 3 years to get. ur engaged and v happy about it. ur finding how to get the love u need w/o cheating
#Hey19YearOldMe in 3 years ur gonna finally be ok with saying ur gay and I’m rly proud of u for that. o also ur gonna be a kpop stan and have blue hair so whether or not u consider that a glow up is up to u djjddjdhhdjd— marylet ☾ (@mccnhild) September 13, 2019
#Hey19YearOldMe break up with your boyfriend. you are made to be more than someone's wife. don't chase men just because you doubt your ability to chase your dreams. you will find someone who shares your values and ambition one day. also, you're a little gay.— The Subtle Art of Getting Bi (@artofgettingbi) September 13, 2019
Siobhan Ball is a historian, archivist, and journalist. She also writes for Autostraddle and bi.org