Awkward phases are great. Not while you're experiencing them, obviously, but they're great for character building and for laughing at yourself later in life. Still, the struggle was real. And here's why!
Breakouts were not uncommon. But you know what was uncommon? Feeling comfortable in your own skin. Hooray!
Braces were a great way to look awkward AND feel physical pain. It's a win-win for losers! (NOTE: I had braces for five years.)
Not every awkward-phase kid has glasses, and not every kid with glasses is awkward. Still, it's an awkward phase icon for a reason. Probably because we had to wear sports goggles during P.E.
And always at the worst possible moment. AKA, when you were in your crush's line of sight.
You thought you looked great. You also thought that boy bands were the pinnacle of music.
"Frosted tips are more than good, they're GREAT!" ”” The late '90s/early 2000s
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Awkward: Covering your entire arm with rubber cause bracelets.
Even more awkward: Continuing to do it well past the point of it being a fad.
You grew so fast that your clothes never quite fit you right.
Or, if you were me, you never even HAD a growth spurt, but waited in vain for one.
The unflattering canvas backdrop. The unflattering clothes. The unflattering EVERYTHING!
You know who's a good person to pluck your eyebrows? 12-year-old you, who has no experiencing plucking your own eyebrows. What could go wrong?
When you've never experienced a feeling before, it becomes the most intense feeling in the world because you have no comparison. That's teen angst in a nutshell.
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I'm sure 12-year-old me only did it because she knew she could use the story in a silly list someday. Yeah, that's it.
If you were lucky enough to have a slow dance, your arms had to be perfectly parallel! Otherwise it wasn't true love.
I honestly thought that blue was the only eyeshadow color that existed. My, how things have changed.
Ain't no party like an under-21-dance-club party! And thank goodness for that.
Let's throw a bunch of kids with body issues into a room where they have to see each other half naked! Good idea, right?
What came first, the awkward phase or the puberty? The world may never know.
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"I'm gonna be a mighty king, so enemies beware (of my angst)."
If only all awkward teens could grow into a Matthew Broderick lion.
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*Literally anything happens*
Me: I'M A LATE BLOOMER!