Blunder years could be described as a period in someone's life when they thought they were different and edgy but in reality they were choosing terrible clothes and even worse haircuts.
There's even a subreddit dedicated to it, appropriately called Blunder Years: pictures from a regrettable past. It invites people who just found their old photos not to delete them but to make amends with their former self and upload it on the Internet. And many do. Here are some of the cringiest posts the online community has to offer.
When you're done scrolling through them, check out our earlier article about people posting their most embarrassing childhood photos.
2008, Senior Friend Asked Me To Prom When I Was A Freshman. My Parents Didn't Want Me To Go But Also Didn't Want To Forbid Me, So They Didn't Give Me Money For A Dress Thinking That Would Stop Us. We Made Both Of Our Outfits Entirely Out Of Duct Tape For Like $30
You might think these people are crazy for posting such photos on the Internet. However, a certain amount of self-reflection can be healthy, helping a person to become their strongest self.
Amy Morin, the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do, said dwelling on the past can easily distract someone from the present. "The truth is, you never know what life would have had in store for you if you'd made a different choice," she told Inc. "Depending on your circumstances, you may just need to give yourself permission to move forward, and then make a conscious effort to stop yourself every time you keep dwelling on the past." That includes thinking how lame you used to look, too!
It Was “Opposite Day” At School In 2005, Most People Wore Black And White Or Something.. I Decide To Dress As A Girl.. I Lived In A Small Town In Idaho. It Didn’t Go Over Well
"Refusing to dwell on the past isn't about ignoring the things that happened. Instead, it often means embracing and accepting your experiences so you can live in the present," Morin explained. "So recognize the emotional toll that dwelling on something is taking on you, and then give yourself permission to move forward."
To paraphrase Tyrion Lannister, never forget what you were. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.