As the year is drawing to a close, people look back on it to gain some perspective and insight, but one viral internet challenge wants us to go even further. Known as the 10-Year Challenge, or the 2010 vs. 2020 Challenge, or even the Glow-Up Challenge, it has sent out a simple call to action: post a photo of yourself in 2010 next to a photo of yourself in 2020, caption it whatever you want, and that's it! Turns out, recapping the last decade was just what people needed—some are celebrating having dedicated such a substantial portion of their life to their dream job while others are simply showcasing how gracefully their pets have aged under their care. Continue scrolling and check out some of the cool photos that Bored Panda has collected from this fun challenge.
According to the Internet culture database 'Know Your Meme', the challenge started to take off in 2019, largely on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. At its core, this 'before and after' challenge is a wholesome, socially acceptable way to brag about how hot you used to be, how well you matured, or how hot you were, and how well you matured.
Call it narcissistic, but I think self-love is important. We tend to be too hard on ourselves; we do it because we want to excel and be the best version of ourselves, all the time. However, this entails a lot of self-criticisms, and that inner voice that constantly tells us how we could've done things better can really hold us down. If the 10 Year challenge with its cool pictures silences it for some of us, so be it.
Note: this post originally had 78 images. It’s been shortened to the top 49 images based on user votes.