As hard as it is for me to believe and as much as I try to deny it is true, I graduated from high school nearly 25 years ago. It will be 25 years on June 8. Yikes!
If you do your math, that means I graduated in 1989. Yep, I’m a product of the 80s. I was a teen; enjoying all the music, MTV when it actually showed nonstop music videos, and even the movies and TV shows of the time.
I struggled as most teens do with the desire to fit in. Nothing has changed much, I don’t think, except the types of students. We didn’t have cell phones, much less our own phones (although a few lucky teens had their own private line). There was no Pandora or Sirius. We turned on our favorite radio station praying they would play our favorite song. I would call in requests to hopefully guarantee I would hear the latest Duran Duran song that day.
There were no iPads, iPhones, or even computers. Okay, there were computers, but most families didn’t have one, and if they did it wasn’t used for school. We used a typewriter or word processor for papers.
I have a lot of great memories from that time in my life. I kept busy in the marching band all four years of high school, even being the drum major my senior year. My friends and I would have sleep overs, talking late into the evening. Even trying to sneak out with a car, despite not having a driver’s license.
The movies and TV shows from that time always bring me right back. I watched many of them (according to a recent Buzzfeed quiz, I’ve seen 123). My favorites at that time were movies like View to a Kill, Top Gun, Pretty in Pink, and The Breakfast Club. One thing I love about having Netflix is that it can transport me back in time. I can feel like a teen, but without the pangs of angst that come with it. I can watch some of my favorite movies of that time or even watch a TV show (right now I will admit to watching Magnum, P.I.…a show I didn’t watch in the 80s).
Some day, when my girls are older, I’ll have to explain the 80s to them, not unlike my parents trying to explain the 50s and 60s to me. At least I’ll have movies that show what the 80s were sort of like. Until then, I may have to introduce them to some 80s classics that suit them, like the Smurfs and Strawberry Shortcake.
Now for the fun news! The people I work with on the Netflix Stream Team are letting me give away a 3-month Netflix subscription to a reader! If you would like to win, leave a comment listing your favorite 80s movie or TV show. I’ll draw the name of the winner on May 1st.
Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam which means that they pay for the streaming service in exchange for me posting once a month about the service. All opinions are my own.