Ah, to be 18 again—young, carefree, and naive. Also, old enough to be eligible for jury duty, getting drafted into the military, and tried as an adult but not old enough to drink. Actually, when you think about it, 18 is kind of a bullshit year to be alive.
Yet, for nearly all of teenagers hitting the milestone, 18 is a very, very big deal, which makes looking back on the age even more hilariously cringe-worthy. Oh, you thought you were super an adult because you lived in a college dorm and had to fend for yourself which probably included getting all of your meals in a cafeteria and being on your parents’ health insurance plan?
As such, earlier this week the hashtag “What I Thought When I Was 18” began trending on Twitter, as people remembered their younger, dumber selves—whether that entailed illusions regarding love, money, or jobs to solo road trips without cell phones (if you one even imagine, nowadays).
40 was ancient #WhatIThoughtWhenIWas18— craig onetweetwonder (@craigflynn1) July 19, 2018
Finally I’m free and can do what I want.*— Jeff Dwoskin (@bigmacher) July 19, 2018
*Thought from bedroom at my parent’s house
That I was INVINCIBLE!!! I drove from South Florida to Massachusetts BY MYSELF without a cell phone and I wasn't even nervous. #WhatIThoughtWhenIWas18— Jen (@JenTusch) July 19, 2018
“My 31 year old math teacher is old as fuck” #WhatIThoughtWhenIWas18— _Gazellionaire (@gazellionaire) July 19, 2018
Boys…boys…boys…clothes.#WhatIThoughtWhenIWas18— Rachel, Patron Saint of Ratchet (@Rachels_Ratchet) July 19, 2018
Well on that depressing note, we’ll leave you with another tweet probably far too many of us can also relate to in the age of #adulting and extended cases of arrested development. Cheers to many more years of poor life decisions!