Lifestyle & Inspiration

How Hard Did Aging Hit Me? I Try the Viral Aging Challenge

If you’ve been on Facebook at all in the last few days, then you’ve definitely seen some variation of the aging challenge. Maybe some of your Facebook friends are comparing their first ever profile picture with their most recent profile picture. Or maybe they’re comparing a photo of them taken 10 years ago with a recent photo. Either way, suddenly everyone is asking, “how hard did aging hit you?”

When Avon asked if I was going to post my own throwback photos, I laughed it off and said, “everyone already knows that I’m fat now.” But curiosity got the better of me and I went digging through my Facebook albums for my first ever profile photo. Without further ado, I present, 19-year-old Tramayne!

Even though Facebook says this is my first profile picture, I know it’s not. This selfie was taken before selfie was even a word (wow, I definitely feel old now!) at the beginning of my sophomore year and I joined Facebook when it was www.thefacebook.com the summer before my first year of college. I vaguely remember snapping this picture in my dorm room before a night out with my friends. Notice my pre-natural hair movement relaxed strands and my collared (down, not popped) polo shirt. I had a good laugh as the memories of my college years came back to me. I continued my stroll down memory lane and landed on a picture I took at a house party a few weeks before graduation. Ten years ago.  

I wish I could go back in time and talk to 22-year-old Tramayne. I would tell her to let go of the plan she thinks she’s supposed to follow because her life will definitely not go according to plan and she will be grateful for that. I would tell her to dump that loser immediately and teach her how to date without expectations. I would hand her a copy of The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey and tell her to study it like her life depended on it. I would encourage her to stick to her blog. And that makeup absolutely is a hobby. I would tell her not to worry about finding a full-time job. Your parents are annoying, but living rent free is an opportunity you will regret wasting. I would tell her how beautiful she looks and tell her to stop calling herself fat.

I probably won’t post these photos on my personal Facebook page, but it was fun to see how much I’ve changed! Have you participated in the aging challenge? I want to see your photos! What advice would you give your younger self? Let me know below!

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