The Big 4-0 in 2022
Along with the oldest crop of millennials, I turned 40 this year. Here is what that looks like today.
I turned 40 in May. Yikes.
I am from the oldest crop of millennials. We graduated high school in 2000 (thus the name), and we are now the first group from Generation Y to turn the Big 4-0.
Here is what 40 looks like in 2022
I remember when we used card catalogs at the library, but could not imagine my life today without Google.
I remember the first time any of us sent an email, and the first time I invested in crypto.
I used to trade Lisa Frank stickers with my friends, and I still buy Lisa Frank nail polish—online.
I remember the calm quiet of a world without smart phones, but can also rock a company’s social media strategy.
I used to play Oregon Trail during computer class at school.
I learned about money by balancing a checkbook, but today I just use PayPal.
I remember the simplicity of flying when you didn’t have to remove your shoes at the airport, but I also know people my age who fought or died in the Iraq War.
I used MySpace. When it was cool.
I learned photography on a film SLR camera and developed my own prints in a darkroom, but I also love my iPhone lens and use it everywhere.
I remember the first time I heard about ATMs. “They just give you MONEY?!”
I cannot survive a day without Internet, but I still take notes by hand.
The concept of school shootings never crossed my mind growing up, but I remember my thoughts the day of Columbine: would our high school be next?
I partied BEFORE Facebook and camera phones. :)
I jammed to Prince, MJ, and Madonna, but I also love dancing to Dua Lipa and Rihanna.
I let my gray hair grow out and in today’s world, can now pass as “hip.”