Looking at pictures of myself now at 30, it’s tempting for me to say that I haven’t aged much (especially since I’ve basically stuck with the same hairstyle(ish) more or less for several years in a row now) and because I’m only *slightly* starting to get little wrinkles around my eyes and forehead and a few gray hairs every now and then.
But I was curious to see how I had changed over the past decade or so, nonetheless.
So what better way to do that than to show pictures of myself side by side (on or near my birthday) for the past 15 years?
(In case you’re curious, I chose to start when I was 15 because that was basically when I stopped growing. Plus it creates a nice solid number like 15 to work with, rather than me saying, “See how I’ve aged over 17 years!” See? Just not as snappy.)
Besides, I’ve been feeling like I’ve had WAAAAAY too many serious posts in a row now, so let’s lighten up a bit and do a little throwback, shall we?
Because making fun of hairstyle choices and overall past stages in life is hilarious (when it’s all in hindsight anyway).
I only had two rules for choosing the pictures for this:
Rule 1 – The picture had to be as close to my birthday as possible. For many years, that was no problem, and I easily found a picture within 24-48 hours of my actual birthday. However, the first six pictures or so are within about a month range of my birthday, due to those being either the closest pictures I had or the ones that were large enough of my face that they wouldn’t be completely blurry. I’m sure my mom has pics of all my birthdays, but I didn’t want her to spend her whole morning digging through photos for my blog post, so you get these ones.
Rule 2 – The picture had to show my face as forward-facing as possible. Admittedly, I photograph a bit better with a 3/4 profile, but I wanted the pictures to be easily comparable, so I got them as full-on front as I could find. (Maybe when I turn 40 I’ll let myself be more vain and just choose the pictures from each year where I look the best rather than do all this try-and-make-it-actually-comparable nonsense.)
Oh, and unofficial rule #3 – I had to at least try and find new pics that I’d never posted before on the blog, so that left even more of the unflattering pics to sift through, ha ha.
Without further rambling, here we go down memory lane…
2003 – Not much to say about this year, other than that it was my junior year of high school, and I basically remember it as the year of no serious crushes or boyfriends and just of having a blast dating around and getting involved with lots of different activities. Sigh. That’s what ALL of high school should have been like. Silly me.
So there you go, folks—
What it looks like to age 15 years in the span of one blog post.
Whew! Time to go get a snack (albeit a reasonably healthy one because while I might not have too many wrinkles yet, I definitely do have a slowing metabolism, lol…)