Just how important are teenage subcultures as we transition into adulthood?

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Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about emo. Perhaps it’s thanks to the popularity of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, written by Gerard Way, which has seen my social newsfeed awash with images of My Chemical Romance frontman’s face for the first time since 2011. Or perhaps it’s the constant event invites to popular emo-themed club nights and all of those “headphones vs aux cord” memes, that got me thinking I might not be the only one reminiscing about the mid-2000s trend.

When I was about 14 I was “an…

Not everyone is going to like you, but that’s okay

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When I was 16, a boy told me, “you can’t be liked by everyone.” The way he said those words stung, as though my desire to please was a bad trait. I didn’t understand — what was so wrong with wanting to be liked?

Anxiety has been part of my life since I was a child, following me everywhere like a chaotic and unwanted invisible friend. As a little girl, I had intense separation anxiety, opting to stay home with the adults rather than playing outside with the neighbourhood kids. Upsettingly, my introverted nature did not protect me from the…

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I joked to a friend the other day that I’m very mature for my age, and that’s why my mid-life crisis came early. She laughed, “I think it’s your quarter life crisis arriving right on time.”

Quarter life crisis you say? Could this be just another new term coined by so-called “Peter Pan” millennials? Apparently not. Does it mean I get to skip its mid-life counterpart? I’m yet to find out.

According to the Collins English Dictionary, the quarter life crisis is defined as “anxiety over the direction and quality of one’s life” and is usually experienced during your twenties…

Aimée Robinson

Aimée is a British writer, journalist, and digital marketing specialist. She currently resides in Toronto, Ontario.

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