Being someone who gets her information and news online, it’s hard not to notice that one of the trends these days seems to be “what’s trending.” What exactly is trending? To the best of my understanding it seems to be another phrase for, “what’s cool.” It means the latest, greatest thing that’s happening RIGHT NOW.
It’s not new, it’s been around forever. Each generation has their “trends.” My mother’s generation had: Black leather jackets (although this particular trend will never be out of style). Felt skirts with appliqued poodles. Long sideburns, paint by number kits and saddle shoes.
My generation had: Cool Michael Jackson before he became Creepy Michael Jackson. Madonna (the virgin and Mrs. Sean Penn). Cindy Lauper wanting to have fun in parachute pants and clown make-up. Van Halen with David Lee and without. Mick Jagger swaggering into a nightclub with a matching set of disco dancing divas. There were linebacker shoulder pads in every piece of clothing as well as, one shoulder showing, sweaters.
My daughter had: Five freaky Spice Girls. Big bad banana combs and scrunchies. Wayne’s World and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Journaling all her deepest emotions. Goth jeans with zippers and chains galore. Overalls with only one strap and a skinny belt holding them up. Pumped-up basketball sneakers that cost a week’s pay and the now…oh so uncool…fanny pack.
Today’s trends are just as strange and confusing and in my opinion should never even be trendy: Bras as purses- this drives me absolutely up the wall, especially because I handle money all day. What could possibly be worse than shoving a sweat-soaked dollar bill into a cashier’s hands? The only thing that might be worse than that would be if someone took off their sneaker and handed me their money from out of their sock.
Another thing that’s trending but shouldn’t be: Men in skinny jeans – how could any man believe he looks good in a pair of jeans that cling to his skinny peg-legs? And then to wear neon purple, yellow or green flat sole sneakers with them is the ultimate in a horrifying fashion faux-pas.
Shaving half your head and leaving the other half long – why? Pick a hair length and go with it.
Knit hats in ninety-degree weather – knit hats are for minus degree weather. Throw ‘em in the mitten drawer and wait until the snow flies to wear them.
Moms mooching off their kids by making them act stupid and calling it a “reality show.” Temper tantrums, tiaras and tutu’s are not higher learning television shows.
Wearing pajamas as clothing – take a shower and get dressed you shmucks!
I got a million of these, but there’s not a million ways to say social behaviors and manners have gone out the window. We’re all slowly turning into the lazy humans from the kid’s movie, Wally-e (which in my opinion really wasn’t that childish).
Seems to me like everyone is looking to have everything handed to them on a silver platter and are unwilling to expand any energy on bettering themselves. And the sad thing about it is that with each passing generation things seem to be getting worse. God help us all.