Millennials Are Feeling Nostalgic With the ‘Picture This’ Meme
2017 has been a good year for memes, and there was no greater place to find them than on Twitter. The latest one to take off is called the “Picture This” meme, and if you love nostalgia, it’s the meme for you. People are picturing going back to more simple times and the references are hilarious. Some people have even started picturing the near and far future and those are equally fun. Here’s a look at some of our faves!
picture this: it’s 2015. you’re blasting Jordan Belfort. taking pulls of pineapple vodka on a Wednesday. memorizing the zip code of your fake ID. you don’t care that you have class at 9am tomorrow. the country hasn’t gone into flames yet. life is blissfully good.
— anna nichols (@aenic) December 11, 2017
Picture this: its 2007, everybody is doin the crank that Soulja boy dance, we're in middle school, the girls are all wearin plad capris , we're all rockin Abercrombie with shell necklaces, we have razr phones and when we hear a ringtone we like we said "hey man Bluetooth me that"
— Jimothy™ (@Jlawing1) December 5, 2017
It's 2010. "Baby" by Justin Bieber is blaring over 15 screaming girls at your friends 13th birthday party sleepover. It's 1 AM and everybody's catching their second wind and wilding out by prank calling their crushes. Life is good.
— Maddie Landry (@maddie_landry) December 12, 2017
It’s 2009. Your boyfriend of 2 weeks didn’t sit by you at lunch. You post to Facebook, “So sad. I’ll never love again.” Your friends comment and ask what’s wrong. You reply with “txt me.”
— Macy Lentz (@maceofspade) December 13, 2017
Picture this: it’s 2008. You’re laid up in your Aeropostale graphic shirt, taking your nintendog for a walk before his agility competition. Don’t Trust Me by 3OH!3 is on the radio. Your silly bandz are ripping out arm hairs every time you move a muscle.
— Devin (@devnbm) November 27, 2017
Picture this: it's 2012. You're getting ready to sneak out at midnight to see the boy your friend likes & your hair is burnt straight. Jersey Shore is on TV in the background. You're wearing your fold over zebra print VS yogas with LOVE PINK in rhinestones on the butt.
— em (@emmakathleeennn) December 12, 2017
picture this: it’s 2010 & I gotta feeling by the black eyed peas is playing off your iPod while you and your best friends are having a sleepover, you stayed up til midnight eating frozen pizza and painting each other’s nails, everything is simple and life is good
— Kelly (@k3llytweets) December 13, 2017
Picture this: the year is 2000, you’re in kindergarten heading to PE, it’s parachute day, everyone is MF lit about it, it’s rectangle pizza for lunch, red rover at recess, followed by a much deserved nap time, life was good!
— B-Jones (@BrianJones01) December 13, 2017
Picture this: It's 2006, Pluto was just wrongfully downgraded to a dwarf planet and Chris Daughtry didn't win American Idol. You're so sad that you play "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter on your iPod nano, then you remember your mom just bought you a new Webkinz so everything is okay.
— Merry Jakemas (@jakemlist) December 12, 2017
Picture this: it’s 2010. TiK Tok is playing on your iPod shuffle as you run home from school to feed your Webkinz. You’re excited because you almost have your black belt on Club Penguin. You get the courage to ask your mom for money for the scholastic book fair.
— jaycee j (@jayceesue55) December 9, 2017
Picture this: it's 2012 in North Olmsted Ohio. It's 9PM, you're at the rec for Friday Night Skate when Down, Sexy and I Know It, and Like A G6 comes on. You're crying in the bathroom because your crush won't couple skate with you. You've fallen 6 times, life sucks
— Lian Swagoval (@liansandoval24) December 14, 2017
picture this. Its 2009 youre at the optimist dance club with your shutter shades, hollister shirt and Osiris shoes Youre on a sugar rush from pixie sticks & the DJ just put Jason Derulo on, u are about to go home and watch Jersey shore reruns & go on omegle. Life is good
— Aidan Langer (@aidanlangerr) December 13, 2017
picture this: it’s 2009 and you’re in middle school. you have fireflies by owl city playing in the background while you’re on a desktop writing an “about me” on your friend’s myspace page. your only stress is ranking your top 8 friends.
— Middle Schoolers (@4middleschool) December 13, 2017
Picture this: it’s 2007. You’re at a middle school dance. Soulja Boy is blasting and you are dripping sweat in your Aeropostale t-shirt. Maybe you shouldn’t have worn that cami underneath. You have to step aside frequently to make sure you don’t puke up those 6 sodas you chugged.
— Middle Schoolers (@4middleschool) December 15, 2017
Picture this: It’s 2013 you’re wearing your see through chiffon, a bandeau and colourful jeans. You’re trying to beat your flappy bird record on your iPhone 4. Gangnam style is playing on the radio and you hope the guy you like asks you to wheel.
— Kate Arnold (@Kateaarrnold) December 13, 2017
Picture this: Its 2007. It's 2am & you sneak back into your computer room after "going to bed" hours ago. The faint glow of the desktop computer begans to burn your eyes. You want to sleep so badly but you you must provide for your family. You're playing Sims
— Dan (@DaniMorgan00) December 13, 2017
picture this: it’s freshman year of college. the lanyard that they gave u at welcome weekend is hanging around ur neck. ur walking to a frat party w ur roommate, ur plastic water bottle in hand. u have no idea yet of the pain that ur gpa & bank account will bring u. life is good.
— laina (@LainaMontagna) December 15, 2017
PICTURE THIS: It's 2011, the Kim Possible ringtone can be heard from your blackberry curve. It's the guy you're "wheeling", he sends a broadcast to let everyone know he's having a jam. You show up in your crop top, TNA pants and Nike high tops."Like a G6" plays in the background.
— Shannon Fraser (@sshannonfraser) December 15, 2017
Picture this: it’s grade 10, you and all your friends are taking shots of fireball before a high school dance. Give me everything tonight by pitbull is playing. Tonight is the only night that matters.
— Disco Rick (@JesseBeaton) December 12, 2017
The meme really took of when it grew beyond idealized millennial nostalgia, and moved into positive visions of the future:
It's 2030. It's 6 A.M. Christmas morning & your children come rushing in your bedroom filled with joy to wake you up. You follow them to the living room & watch them rip open their gifts. You make a cup of hot chocolate & kiss your husband/wife. Life is complete
— Cory 🎳 (@_ihateyall) December 11, 2017
it’s a week from today. You’re home from college without any stress. You may have failed some finals but it’s over now. You’re laying in bed scrolling through twitter without feeling guilty. You smell dinner being made for you in the kitchen. Life is good again
— Cristyn Hernandez (@cristyn_jade) December 8, 2017
it's 9:30 AM, December 25th, 2030. you roll over & remember you've been socialized to think a 6 figure job, spouse, huge house, & offspring is the height of your Earthly purpose. you exit the living space you're personally comfortable w/ to go live your best life
— javie☤ (@jyoungwhite) December 14, 2017
Of course, the best versions of the meme were just people making jokes:
Picture this: A girl. Sitting alone in a study room. A room meant for four people. To study. Except she isn’t studying. She’s tweeting. About how crowded the library is. And snapping pictures with the caption “stuDYING” as she sips on her venti starbucks frappuccino.
— Matty (@Matt_Albring) December 12, 2017
Picture this: Its 5 yrs from now. You sit at home. Feeding your baby, you're all alone. You turn on TV. Guess who you see? Sk8r boi rockin on MTV.
— Kayyla Wenger (@killaaawenger) December 14, 2017
picture this: it’s the year 3005 and childish gambino is right by your side no matter what you say or what you do
— LEAN (@lowkeylean) December 17, 2017
Picture this: you’re laying in bed, checking Twitter. You remember that finals are coming up and you’re unprepared. Your laptop has 4 tabs open of homework and essays that you’re procrastinating on. Panic is setting in. You keep scrolling through Twitter instead of doing anything
— Connor Hannigan (@connor_hannigan) December 8, 2017
picture this: it’s 1985. debbie just hit the wall, she never had it all. one prozac a day. husbands a CPA. her dreams went out the door when she turned 24. only been with one man. what happened to her plan?
— lex (@_alexisselaine) December 15, 2017
Picture this,it’s 2017, Donald Trump is your president, net neutrality is on a cliff, Everybody vapes, You wake up and snap 50 people to keep a flame by their name, 5 year old kids have brand new Iphone’s, Everything offends everyone, and cigs inside is a movement. what a year
— Jacob Weller (@Jacob_Weller16) December 13, 2017
Picture this. Its 1974, youre in your basement smoking with your best friends. Kelso is laughing at the wall. Jackie wont stop talking. "Dumbasses" echoes in the distance from upstairs.
— Brian (@brianluebben) December 16, 2017
we were both butt naked, banging on the bathroom floor. how could I forget that I had given her an extra key?
all this time she was standing there she never took her eyes off me https://t.co/wIhfluevuE
— Chance Harbour (@ChanceHarbour) December 14, 2017
Picture this: it’s 2012. You’re walking in the woods. There’s no one around and your phone is dead. Out of the corner of your eye you spot him. He’s following you, about 30 feet back. He gets down on all fours and breaks into a sprint. He’s gaining on you. It’s Shia Labeouf.
— Ezra Emerson (@Ezra_E23) December 16, 2017