Ready or not, the 20s are coming up, and not the ones you learned about in world history. The 10s (teens?) are moving into the pages of the past, so over the next month, and probably for years to come, we’re going to see everyone from pop culture columnists to historians trying to sum up the theme of the decade. Mari, a 26-year-old book critic, inspired Twitter users to get started reminiscing when she posted a picture of herself at the beginning of the decade vs. now. The thread now has thousands of replies in which people look back on how this decade has changed them.

The largest age group on Twitter is 25-34. A demographic that began the ‘10s as teens or young adults has undoubtedly seen a lot of adult milestones since then, like degrees, career beginnings, and relationships. Next in line is the 18-24 demographic, who have quite literally grown up this decade. It’s no wonder looking at old pictures of a person who hadn’t even experienced most of their formative years yet can bring up strong feelings (you also might notice that the older Twitter users taking part in the challenge are a little more chill about it.)

Here are some posts we liked—scroll down and have a look. Then share your thoughts, what you think of this trend, and how things have changed for you this decade in the comments below!

Twitter users look back on their 10-year-old photos

Image credits: MusingsOfAGirl

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Louise Gerathy
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7 months ago

People pay a lot to dye their hair that shade of grey!! Awesome!!

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Rachel Neye
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7 months ago

It shows

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Rachel Neye
Community Member
7 months ago

Wow, what a transformation

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But there’s no need to roast your former self, especially if you were a literal child in 2009. Learning to dress yourself isn’t a “glow up”, that’s just growing up. And nobody likes their fashion choices from 10 years ago. Don’t be so hard on yourself!

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Jo Choto
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7 months ago

Good on you, bro!

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Restless
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7 months ago

Wow!!! Gorgeous!

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Rachel Neye
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7 months ago

Good for you

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Most importantly, don’t let this challenge get you down if you’re not comfortable showing pictures of yourself from 10 years ago, or if you feel like you haven’t achieved much this decade compared to all the people flaunting their lucrative jobs and happy marriages.

2020 isn’t a test—there’s not anything more profound about it than any other year. If all you did was stay alive this decade, that’s awesome. I bet you took some cool photos and listened to a lot of great music. Won’t it be fun to discover even more next year?

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Emily Ashcraft
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7 months ago

You guys look so happy!!! :)

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StormsTempest
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7 months ago

Yesss he looks great! Good for him!

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Foxxy
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7 months ago

You can see it in the eyes.

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Josie Christopher
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7 months ago (edited)

WELP THERE I AM 😅

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Emily Ashcraft
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7 months ago

Looks like your having fun!!!

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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7 months ago

She’s aging really well. Gracefully.

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
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7 months ago

That is a pretty man.

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
7 months ago

I feel with you...

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June Clavelle
Community Member
7 months ago

Her hair is amazing!!!

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Eye Roll
Community Member
7 months ago

I think you can often tell when somebody is trans even before they're out if the closet. There's a girl at my work who when identifying as a bloke (pre-trans), didn't have one scrap of obvious femininity (wore really male clothes and interests, has a deep and manly voice etc) but for some reason I wasn't at all surprised when she announced it and started to change. There was always something feminine about her even though it wasn't at all obvious. Does that make any sense?

Cactus_gorl🌵🌵
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

That does make sense. There is someone that I know like that.

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Bear_Panda_dear
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7 months ago

Good lord the amount of transphobia here is so sad. Congratulations to faith naff for transitioning and being herself. The only disease here is hate

sloth cat
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7 months ago

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there literally a person saying you are born a gender and no amount of surgery can change that . like wth

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FreakOfArt
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7 months ago

When dealing with transphobia in older people the most common things that (I see) confused are sex and gender. Sex is what your born with. Gender is who your really are. A couple examples are... If a mans sex is male and he identifys as male then he would be cis gender. If a woman is born male and knows deep down she's female (like faith) then she can get surgery, change her pronouns to she/her and take hormones. Vice versa for a trans man. Then there's also a thing were a person is born as "intersex" which basically means that they are not biologically male or female. This person can choose how they want to dress, and how they want to be referred to. Another thing is the third gender or gender queer/non-binary or all other genders. This can mean multiple things. (Note: I know alot about this stuff but I do not know all the genders because there's only 69 recorded genders.) Anyway, what I mean by "this can mean multiple things" is that if you're non-binary then this means that you identify with no gender, or gender less. Gender queer means that you identify with all genders. That you "feel" like everything. Then there's demi genders. From my understanding there is demi girl and demi boy. A demi girl is somebody that doesn't exactly identify completely with female but doesn't completely identity as a third gender. Again, vice versa for a demi boy. The last thing I'm going to cover is gender-fluid. Gender fluid means that your gender changes on a regular basis. It could change from day to day or you could start the day feeling one gender and end it feeling another gender. This is not just specific for male to female fluidness. This also includes all other genders. Another thing people always get confused is gender and sexuality. I just told you about gender and sexuality is something totally different. But that's all I'm going to go over because I'm tired and it's currently 11:15 at night. Thank you for reading all the way through if you did. (・∀・)

Ivy D
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6 months ago

Yes. The only thing is genderqueer is an umbrella term for all genders that are not male or female. Pangender is identifying as all genders.

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Bambuzzed
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7 months ago

I don't understand why people are bothered or feel like they've the right to say horrible stuff about human beings who're just living their life? We, no matter what opinion it is we run with, should at all times respect and support others when they transition or change in order to be happier or try to find themselves. I believe it's badass and takes a lot of courage, I truly admire and respect them for what they are. Anyone out there wanting to be themselves, we all love you and will always support you.

Alia G.
Community Member
7 months ago

aww, she has pretty eyes

Lily Dennard
Community Member
7 months ago

My friend went from girl to boy and the only bad part about it is that we could no longer gossip in the bathroom.

Nadine Francis
Community Member
7 months ago

You should do whatever makes you happy, live for yourself!!! Congratulations and live a long and HAPPY life!

Malia Jeffers
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh my freaking gosh you’re so pretty!

Hufflepuff
Community Member
5 months ago

Ok, so... 1. I agree with you Malia 2. Can everyone stop swearing at each other 3. People can be attracted to whoever they want 4. Don't be a jerk 5. Jackson, SHE is a SHE, and surgery exists, and 6. Not all transgender people are the same, just like how not all non-transgender people are the same

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Donovan Strader
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7 months ago

I also used to be a man trapped in a womans body then I was born, im all good now :D

Christy Zenon
Community Member
7 months ago

♥️

Lauren Baker
Community Member
7 months ago

🏳️‍🌈✌️

Marisa Caputo
Community Member
7 months ago

Congratulations! It must be wonderful to finally be comfortable in your own skin!

Yvette Adonai
Community Member
7 months ago

Congratulations!

Lonnie Rattner
Community Member
7 months ago

look great!

Mrs Lisa Wilding
Community Member
7 months ago

Beautiful x

Sue Sue
Community Member
7 months ago

Cute, and happy.

Jo Choto
Community Member
7 months ago

You are definitely bringing sexy back!

Animal lover❤
Community Member
3 months ago

You look beautiful

Aidyn06
Community Member
5 months ago

She looks so much happier. You can see it in her eyes.

Tara
Community Member
7 months ago

Beautiful

Laura Martin
Community Member
7 months ago

Happy to see you being you.

Sandi Hughes
Community Member
7 months ago

Keep following your joy and you will always be beautiful!

Kurt Niland
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7 months ago

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Debra Robinson
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7 months ago

aaawww!

Berlinda Dunbar-Nye
Community Member
7 months ago

Bella!!!!!!!!

Bob Hunnicutt
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7 months ago

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lol

Mike Proco
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7 months ago

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Uhmmm ok then.

Donovan Strader
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7 months ago

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DANG I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING

Panda Panda
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7 months ago

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But what if it is a mental disorder? What then?

Prince-Nux
Community Member
7 months ago

What if you weren’t a transphobic bigot? What then?

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Jason Apolinario
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7 months ago

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1 Timothy 1:8-2:15 New International Version (NIV) 8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

NCC~1701
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7 months ago

Eat shit you bigoted ass.

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Jason Apolinario
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7 months ago

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1 Corinthians 6:9-11 New International Version (NIV) 9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Carmen Honacker
Community Member
7 months ago

Shut your stupid mouth, you hypocrite! Jesus was VERY specific on not judging, not being an asshole and not hating people. No one is interested in your BS.

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1k Phew
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7 months ago

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Eww ugly asf

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Eye Roll
Community Member
7 months ago

A round of applause for the oracle. Do you really feel sad or are you just a sad fuck?

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Rachel Neye
Community Member
7 months ago

From catapillar to butterfly!,but that does not mean you were not cute as a child.

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
7 months ago

I don't think anyone but they themselves can see these "30years". I only see about 5years and a haircut?

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Emily Ashcraft
Community Member
7 months ago

the freckles are so cute on you!! <3

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Jo Choto
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7 months ago

You definitely don't look ten years older.

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Rebekka Rasmussen
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7 months ago

ur super cute!

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Unhuman_Weirdo
Community Member
7 months ago

From Neville Longbottom to Harry Potter

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Miranda Panda
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7 months ago

Great work!!

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Emily Ashcraft
Community Member
7 months ago

The hair is very cool!

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How Terribly Unfortunate
Community Member
7 months ago

Good for you. Finding the thing you want to do is always the best path to take. =D

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Sadie Shapiro
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7 months ago

You're absolutely gorgeous <3 <3

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Foxxy
Community Member
7 months ago

Wow, She looks so different.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
7 months ago

Didn't want to keep your Bieber do? Sound move!

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June Clavelle
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7 months ago

Ah so Hop from Stranger Things went back in time!!

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Decades challenge: me traveling to Karlowy Vary in 2009 at 17 vs me traveling to London at 27

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Cindy Richter
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7 months ago

I liked the bangs!

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