It seems like every week there is a new viral challenge that occupies our minds for a day or two. The latest is the #agingchallenge or #howharddidaginghityou challenge. The rule is to compare your photo from 10 years ago or your very first photo uploaded from social media, to your most recent picture to date. It was harmless and innocent enough; however, the simple challenge did reveal a few underlining things.
1. We've Been on Social Media over 10 Years
Social media is here to stay. I've been on Facebook since 2005 being one of the OGs; I remember when it was for college students only. Since then it has evolved into a giant online supermarket. Our parents, even our grandparents have taken over Facebook with endless selfies exposing the worst possible angles pointed up their chin and nose hairs. Most of millennials have turned to Instagram to escape our parents' and preachers' friend requests. One can only wonder if we'll be phased out of the next social media platform in the next ten years.
2. What a Time to be Alive
In the words of 2 Chainz, "If you woke up this morning, you winning." Life, is for living and each day we get to open our eyes is a blessing, and when those days add up to 365; in other words your birthday, it becomes that much more special. So when you've survived for 1o years to participate in the aging challenge, it should mean something significant. Especially when you have to face the everyday struggles of being black — everyday struggles you see on the news or social media. Someone becomes a new victim and their name becomes a new #hashtag. It's a blessing to be amongst the living, because with life comes opportunity. The past ten years should have taught you lessons to propel you to your next level.
3. The Script Can Flip
Damn homie, in high school you was the man homie; WTF happened to you? The age challenge has revealed that we all need to be humble because life comes at you fast. Ten years ago, some of us might've been on top. Just think about some of your favorite rappers or athletes that are no longer relevant or as popular. On the contrary, things could be quite the opposite, look at the comeback story of those that have fallen and risen back up. Redemption stories from artists like Meek Mill, Tyga or Soulja Boy. Life has taught us that it's better to 'fall down' than to 'fall off.'
4. Take Care of Your Body
Again, damn homie, in high school you was the man homie; WTF happened to you? Remember ten years ago; we could live off fast food from Monday through Sunday, stay out and up late to party and drink? Well, those days are over! For those that don't believe those days are over, well it certainly shows when you're thirty but look forty. From the bags and dark circles under their eyes all the way to the bad dehydrated skin. Back then, we couldn't miss out on a thing and had to be at every event. Now the words "canceled plans" are better than gold. Our bodies need rest and water. We take much longer to recuperate from all-nighters and hangovers. When you take care of your body, it'll take care of you.
5. Black Don't Crack
But of course you knew this already, but here it is again. BLACK DON'T 'MF' CRACK! The black people that participated in the aging challenge CAME THROUGH WITH IT! How is it that we look younger now than in our younger pictures? It goes to show our resilience and excellence. You've seen the viral photos where a mother can be with her two daughters, but you couldn't identify who the mom was because they all looked like models. I've always stated that it's tough being black, we just make it look easy and look good while doing it. It just proves that if you drink water and mind your business how much healthier and less stressed you'll be; which will have a positive effect on your overall appearance and soften the blow that aging hits you with.