The ‘How it started vs. how it ended’ meme is still going strong, but this time, it’s got a fresh new spin on things. Twitter users are posting hilarious and wholesome interpretations of the meme, and Bored Panda has collected some of the best ones for you to enjoy, dear Pandas. So scroll on down and upvote your fave tweets. Be sure to let us know which ones you related to the most!

When you’re done with this list, have a peek at our previous posts about the meme here (wholesome achievements) and here (couples).

‘How it started vs. how it ended’ memes are the original version that started the ‘how it started vs. how it’s going’ posts that have been going viral on Twitter this Autumn. You could say that they’re both pretty much the same thing and you just change the end; however, there’s a subtle difference.

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JuJu
Community Member
1 month ago

Sad news: the grandfather died earlier this year of Covid

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#2

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Joseph Kuhlman
Community Member
1 month ago

You are a great person

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#3

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Sabse
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, this painting is really beautiful 😍

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According to Know Your Meme, the ‘how it started vs. how it ended’ meme first started on September 23, 2020, when Twitter user Vjillanelles shared a post. It went viral with 25.5k likes and 2.2k retweets.

The trend and the meme format both caught on very quickly. That’s when people started changing around the format a bit. Some Twitter users started adding ‘how it’s going’ instead of ‘how it ended’ and, ever since then, both versions have been in use.

#4

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ML
Community Member
1 month ago

So you owned a plane and now you are just the pilot? Haha (for the people who did not understand the joke and were ready to -1) But seriously well done.

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#5

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Jace
Community Member
1 month ago

I just checked out her thread on the condition. Wow. Lots of time and prescription drug(s). I hope she is free of it permanently.

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#6

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Sabse
Community Member
1 month ago

Great job !

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The meme is very versatile and can be used for pretty much anything and everything: funny and ironic posts, romantic before-and-afters, as well as great achievements that had very humble beginnings.

However, it looks like the ‘how it ended’ version of the meme is mostly focused on humorous tweets and relationship goals. Meanwhile, the ‘how it’s going’ version is all about noting personal achievements, successes, and goals that are still in progress without a definite end in mind. So you could say that the ‘how it’s going’ version is more ambitious while the ‘how it ended’ one could be considered to be much more personal and down-to-earth.

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MERCI LANGSTON
Community Member
1 month ago

Freddie, how's Mcdonalds going?

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#8

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German Rottweiler#16
Community Member
1 month ago

so cool

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#9

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Neva Nevičica
Community Member
1 month ago

They kept the smiles they were born with <3

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#10

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Ruth Mayfly
Community Member
1 month ago

False. He should be wearing pajamas or sweatpants, not a suit.

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#11

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Rick
Community Member
1 month ago

Great job!

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#12

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Lisa loves cats
Community Member
1 month ago

Super pretty!

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#13

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googlygoogly
Community Member
1 month ago

A little off topic, but she is glorious.

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#14

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Amazing how a chance communication can turn out!

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#15

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Jace
Community Member
1 month ago

Did the dog eat the guy?

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#16

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tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 month ago

Congratulations!

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#17

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Joseph Kuhlman
Community Member
1 month ago

Version 20 good god

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#18

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Rick
Community Member
1 month ago

What an adorable family photo

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#19

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Matilda Gross
Community Member
1 month ago

Glory be to your hard work

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#20

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A
Community Member
1 month ago

My Gramma's tin was full of buttons!

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#21

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Andres Tejeda
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like you became a doctor.

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#22

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Luisa Oliveira Santos
Community Member
1 month ago

Harry changed a lot since 1st photo

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#23

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Kevin Donegan
Community Member
1 month ago

Plants should be classified as "addictive substances."

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#24

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Sonee9191
Community Member
1 month ago

Lol

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#25

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Kenna Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

AWWWWWWW <3

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#26

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Ruth Mayfly
Community Member
1 month ago

I love the committment to recreating the original photo.

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#27

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Zoe's Mom
Community Member
1 month ago

Back Story?

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#28

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SisterSophie
Community Member
1 month ago

So beautiful 🥺

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#29

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M O'Connell
Community Member
1 month ago

I think you could use some big wheely bins, but you're doing pretty darn well!

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#30

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Jace
Community Member
1 month ago

Since I've never gotten "blackout drunk", it took me a moment...

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#31

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Piet Puk
Community Member
1 month ago

Wholesome! ♡

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#32

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The one and only
Community Member
1 month ago

congrats!

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#33

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Kevin Donegan
Community Member
1 month ago

Writers block?

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#34

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LittleMissLotus
Community Member
1 month ago

I didn't even know they MADE trifold poster boards that large lool

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#35

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Bird Mom
Community Member
1 month ago

Love the shirt.

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#36

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Alex T
Community Member
1 month ago

I think Linus meant to make a compliment, but it certainly came out wrong, make sure you all proofread

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#37

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Joseph Kuhlman
Community Member
1 month ago

Ha lmao

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#38

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EmiC _21
Community Member
1 month ago

yesssss periodt love king s**t

#39

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The Upset Kitten
Community Member
1 month ago

I want this person's eyebrows...now.

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#40

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StardustRainO8
Community Member
1 month ago

One of my favirote songs!!!!!

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