The early 2000s were a strange time. Emo kids ran amok, and none of us could quite understand some of their fashion choices. Luckily, many broke free of this phase and can look back on it and laugh. Much like this guy, who literally looks like he's guffawing at his past self.
"You know, at first, I hated this job. I felt like I was selling out to a soulless corporation catering to brain-dead consumer sheep. But now, I'm regional sales manager and drive a Prius. Life is amazing!"
This kid went from Donnie Darko to Donnie Wahlberg. It's like he spent so much time guarding his heart he realized he could make a living guarding others. Now, instead of wearing his heart on his sleeve, he wears a patch of a badge.
Oh, how the selfies have changed over the years. Remember that pose on the left? It was all over Myspace (remember Myspace?). Now, she looks like she's saying, "Get in the van, loser. We got camping to do!"
She obviously looks much happier in the second picture. I know correlation doesn't prove causation, but every part of me believes it's because she regrew her eyebrows. Never, ever do this to your forehead caterpillars.
It's heartwarming to see this fella go from mopey teen to fatherly dream. He still has some of his passions from his earlier years, though. Back in the day, he was a fan of black and white pics, so he dressed up his child as Groucho Marx, one of the most famous actors ever to appear in black and white.
This guy is still a fan of Taking Back Sunday, only now he takes that day off with his daughter. His old emo phase may come back to haunt him some day. It's going to be hard for him to say she's not allowed to get piercings when his face is still covered in holes.
"Baggy pants covered in chains are cool" is one of the lies we told ourselves in the early 2000s. Glad to see she broke free of this and saw the light. Literally. She looks like she spends a lot more time outdoors these days.
This looks like an evolutionary chart of social phases. He went from the self-obsessed-and-loathing emo kid to the above-it-all hipster. You may think that ax makes him a lumberjack, but he's just using it to carve a vintage, homemade footstool for his hookah room.
This is a bit of a weird one. Yes, he did turn out much more handsome than anyone would have expected. But he actually looks to be in a better mood during his emo phase. This is a mystery he looks like he's dressed for and ready to solve.
These pictures tell a glorious story when put side by side. On the left, he looks like he'll never get over realizing he won't wind up with his emo crush. And on the right, well... he totally got over it, and got a decent haircut to boot. There's hope for us all.
Boy, a little bit of sunshine goes a long way. Although, this picture does remind us of a very important lesson. Remember kids: tattoos are forever, so make sure you know what you're getting yourself into.
Did it get hot in here or is it just him? The funny thing is how he has the exact same facial expression in both pictures. Just goes to show what a different haircut and a legendary beard can do for your appearance.
Lastly, we have this girl who couldn't quite decide what she wanted to be as a teenager. Granted, that's true of every teenager, but she looks like she had a particularly rough time. She looks like she went from the band A.F.I. to becoming an A.F.I.: "A Friendly Individual." Glad she made it, cause for a while I had no idea what this goth was thinking.