This article was originally published on BlueGazette
We’re all unique. We’re from different cultures and have varied life experiences. But there is something that unites us all - and that is the fact that no matter where we are from or life phase we are in, we can relate to the hilarious and cringe-worthy moments in these pictures.
Let’s face it, Netflix isn’t a place for deep concentration. Most of the time, we are doing more chilling than actual Netflix watching. There’s something comforting about having a show or movie playing in the background, especially if we’re home alone and don’t want to be in silence.
But in the case of a great show or movie, that warrants us actually looking up from our phones. Sometimes, even a great movie or show comes along and we don’t touch our phones the entire time (that’s a rare occurrence).
When you have decided in your mind that you’re going to just walk past the stranger without looking up, but at the very last moment change your mind to acknowledge them, this is the kind of smile that’s created.
If we simply decided on smiling at them from the start, it wouldn’t have turned out as weird and awkward as what happens when we change last-minute. What comes out is something resembling the look you have when you’re holding in a sneeze.
It’s a heavy world
The world is a challenging place to exist. Even for 5-year-olds. Forget about a mid-life crisis, this little girl is having a start-of-life crisis. What sparked this heaviness, we wonder? Did the paints run out?
Maybe she asked for a butterfly on her face but instead got a unicorn. Whatever it is, we believe in you. Things will get better, just hang in there and don’t give up when the world feels heavy. You’ll be okay. (We needed to hear this, too).
Is it the finale yet?
We thought we were saying goodbye to the intensity that was 2020. It was like a brutal season finale episode that we hoped would end in a happy and harmonious way as 2021 came along, but we were left on a cliffhanger.
Not knowing what’s going to happen, how to deal with that uncertainty, and what the new rules are going to be. All we’re asking for is to be able to have an in-person therapy session to unpack the craziness that the past years have brought up.
Not my Karen
She’s at it again. And what can a husband of any Karen do but hide out at home? The only other option is to deny that he has a wife at all, telling the world that he was in the viral Karen video as an innocent bystander and he has never seen the woman in his life.
If this is really the experience that Karen's husbands are having, maybe they need to reassess the situation even deeper… is it really a healthy marriage that you’re experiencing?
Nothing is as scary as this…
This is one of the scariest sights you can ever see. Even if you weren’t afraid of clowns before. Nothing can top this picture of multiple clowns suspiciously gathered together looking your way… Except for one thing. All of your exes gathered together at the bar you just walked into.
Yep. That would do it. That’s the moment that you decide that you didn’t want to go out in the first place, and that home was always a better option. Who needs a social life, anyway?
The best way to do it
Although this is something that happens all too often to us all, there is a sneaky way around it that you might not have known.
The best two options are: ask how they spell their name (which isn’t the best when they have a super simple name like ‘Sam’, or find someone else you can introduce to them, in hopes that they will provide their own name in the introduction. Or else, just play it cool and pretend like you never forgot.
Toys aren’t needed
You know what? It isn’t until we really think about how much our poets disregard the toys, beds, and other things we buy them in favor of random household objects, that we realize something.
It isn’t just our pets… it’s also our kids. Think about all the baby and toddler toys that have gone to waste because a stick was way more exciting for a child. This is enough to motivate you to save money on not buying pets and kids’ toys again.
You are wanted
When you have no idea that the person across from you is giving subtle hints that they’re interested, it can make you feel a little foolish when you only later find out. Looking back, it makes total sense that their compliments were coming from their desire to get closer to you, rather than their desire to take your clothes (or in this case, glasses).
It’s all about self-esteem. You just have to start believing that you are desirable, and you won’t miss those advances when they come your way!
Why does Excel do this? Adds in a random mix of figures that have nothing to do with what we’re typing? We have a theory. Excel is a superior way to manage data, and because so many people use it, it’s all going to its head.
Excel is on an ego trip and likes to give you complex formulas and figures mid-way through your workflow just to remind you how superior and smart it is. Okay, Excel, we get it. You’re great. Now, can you please work properly?
Time to let go
After years of connection, there comes a time where you either grow together, or you need to say goodbye. In the case of YouTubers that once were a go-to for entertainment, information, and learning, it’s a sad day when you’ve finally had enough of the annoying things they say, and need to let them go.
Thankfully, there are countless other YouTubers out there to meet pretty much any need and desire you have. Plenty of fish in the sea.
The fantasy wasn’t real
We all fantasized about 2021 being the bringer of change for the world. It was definitely needed. Too much of our lives have been thrust into uncertainty, being unable to work, see family and friends, and exist in a free and open way.
But really, was the turn of the clock to 2021 really going to bring the changes we desired magically? No. It doesn’t work that way. And it seems like the world won’t work so magically for some more time to come.
Like a video game
This guy is living life like he’s powering through the advanced levels of a video game. Finished the quest of being a doctor? Study to work for NASA. One with that? What about the military?
Unless we’re looking at triplets, he is the embodiment of living life to the fullest, essentially living 3 different lifetimes in one life. We are both impressed and intimidated. Who else feels like they should be doing more with their life after seeing this?
Hitting snooze until tomorrow
We can’t help it. Snooze is so easy to get hooked into. It’s just a little hit of a button and you get to go straight back to sleep (until it goes off again, and again.)
The thing with snooze is, although it feels good the moment you press it, it also feels terrible having to be woken up multiple times, never actually getting the extra rest you desired. Honestly, it’s best to skip the snooze and just get an early night. Try it out and see how it goes!
There’s a guy for that
It feels like we all have a ‘guy’ for the most random things. A phone guy, computer guy, an FBI guy… Okay, so maybe we don’t all have connections to special forces, but imagine if you did! What a friendship that would be. Stuck in traffic?
Call your FBI guy to give you a ride in the helicopter. Want to find out who your ex is dating? Ask your FBI guy to look into their phone records… What other benefits can you think of?
(Don’t) look on the bright side
We love receiving encouragement from optimistic people when we are feeling down. We all need friends like this. Things will get hard sometimes, that’s just a fact of life. So, when you’re in need of some cheering up, what do you do?
You call your friend. No, not the pessimistic friend who seems to make things even more dark and difficult. Actually, why are they even in your life? We think it’s best to re-think that friendship.
Was it worth getting a scalding burn in the mouth? Did the pizza roll taste that good? Or, did you burn your mouth so bad that you didn’t even have any sense of taste left? We know the feeling.
Sometimes our snacks just look too good to wait for them to cool. Fresh out of the oven, the smell is too tempting. So, just one bite won’t hurt, right? Wrong. Don’t make the mistake of sacrificing the taste of the entire snack by burning your mouth straight away.
Pretend that nothing happened
It’s all fun and games until your sibling starts screaming because they got hurt as you were playing. What are we supposed to do in this situation? We can’t let mom find out, but she soon will if the crying continues!
It’s best to resort to apologizing frantically for the accident and then making some promises for them to play with your favorite toy, or get some other treat if they keep quiet. Hopefully, that works.
Nine years too early
The prophet that got us all ready for the end of the world in 2012 has a lot to answer for. We had gotten prepared for the inevitable downfall, but it didn’t happen.
Actually, we guess it worked out well because we got an extra nine years that we didn’t expect, which is like a bonus. So, if it is true that the prophecy was meant for 2021, that’s okay. Thanks for the extra nine years.
Hunger Games 2.0
Or, is it 4.0? How many movies are there? Either way, this looks like a perfect image for the poster of the new movie. World leaders telling us what we have to do: check. The scary looming threat of a worldwide pandemic: check.
Some intense theories on what it all means and how to make it through the challenge: check. Yes, this movie has it all. We can’t wait to see what happens. (Really, we’ve been waiting for nearly 2 years now - just let us know what will happen!)
Have you ever donated to an online influencer? An educator or a streamer? There’s something that comes over us when we do. It’s an air of authority and ramped-up worthiness, we’ll call it: entitlement.
That’s right, when you offer a donation (no matter how big) to anyone, this entitlement drives us to get very disappointed when they don’t give us a shoutout online for our support. What do they think this is? Charity? No! We clearly donated to get bragging rights.
Blame it on the fish
In this instance, the best route you can take is to blame it on the animal. Navigating car insurance coverage is a tricky thing, so when an accident occurs where you definitely can’t fork out the money to pay for it out-of-pocket, you need a solid story.
For this person, we don’t know if this will work, however. Sure, they can say that they hit a fish, but how do they explain being in the water in the first place? Also - we hope the fish is okay.
It’s no easy feat to ask out your crush. But when you’ve been sitting on it for months now, there comes a point where you know it’s time to muster up the courage to just go and do it.
Otherwise, you’ll get to 10 years into the future and wonder what might have been. So, to psych yourself up, you try to remember that the worst she can say is no. (Unless, of course, she says ‘ew’.)
It’s the principle!
We’re over being stuck indoors, never getting out of the house, and looking out of the window in dismay for not being able to interact with the world. That looks awfully like our life pre-pandemic, you say? That may be true, but there’s one difference.
We stayed indoors, never got out of the house, and looked out of the window in happiness for choosing not to interact with the world. The fact that we are forced to do what we chose to do before - that’s where the real problem lies.
Who did this? They deserve a medal. Not once did we ever think to try to cut a slice of bread horizontally. But now that we see it, we can’t stop thinking about its brilliance.
Imagine how big your sandwich could be! No need to spend extra time making two sandwiches… One of these bad boys is plenty. Plus, you can also get creative and use it as a bread wrap. Or bread burrito. It’s just so versatile!
Why does this happen every night that we invite our friends for dinner? Parents and siblings are well behaved every other night, but the times when you want your friends to join in a lovely meal, they’re on their worst behavior.
It’s like they have it all planned out… “Hey, everyone, the friend is coming over, you know the drill - tonight is the night to bring out all of the things you’ve been holding in!”
We’re Social (until we’re not)
This depicts the reality of most adults who have made it through the partying-until-super-late phase and come out the other end. So, what’s on the other side of youthful late-night bars and clubs? Home parties with friends that finish at 9 pm. Now that sounds like a wild (yet responsible) night out.
After all, there’s nothing more exciting than everyone leaving your house when you’ve finally hit your threshold of social interaction for one day.
It’s all unknown
These days, entering into a new relationship requires some careful treading. You can’t get away with making up false claims about yourself, since social media is a very transparent place.
Also, with these modern generations having such short attention spans, it feels like dating is more of a game for some people, where the moment they get a little bored, they’re out. With all that lack of commitment and uncharted territory, dating often does feel this shaky.
It’s always the same
Group-work projects always turn out to have the same dynamics, no matter what it is you’re working on. Is it human psychology? Who knows.
There just always happens to be an overachiever, doing 90% of the work, and another person doing a little here and there, at 9%, with the last person handling just 1% of the work (which is simply just putting their name on the finished product). Group work is never a fair share.
For most of the world, staying in on a Friday night (or, every night for that matter) is now the norm. We’ve been forced to take our friendships online, our catch-ups over a video chat, and dating as a non-existent pleasure we once enjoyed.
Can you remember the last time that you went out for a night on the town? We don’t even know if we remember how to have a social night out, anymore.
Photoshopping through 2020
Since travel took a stand-still in 2020, we had to get creative with how we found some excitement and adventure. This girl did it right, if you can’t actually go to an amazing location, just make it look like you did.
All it takes is a little training in Photoshop as you take a Windows XP background and slot yourself into it. Sure, the tutorials took a long time to go through to really master photoshop, but she didn’t have anywhere else to be, anyway.
The moment you make a decision purely on the morality of it. “Will it make me look like a better person?” Well, you will think you look like a better person. Does buying brown eggs help the earth more than white?
No, not really. After all, it’s still consuming factory-farmed produce. Here’s an idea, you might feel like an even better person (authentically) if you buy some of your own chickens and start a mini farm instead!
The silent cheer team
The way that husbands cheer their wife on isn’t always super silent, but we like to think that they’re always encouraging their wife in her pursuits in a consistent way being the scenes.
Having your partner as a cheerleader for you in life is priceless. You’ll need them in your corner when life gets hard, and to have someone there that you know you can count on means the world. This meme makes our heart happy.
Look what I did!
For anyone who has ever owned a cat, they know exactly how this feels. Hopefully, it’s not a daily occurrence, but it is common for cats to bring home their kills. Why do they do it? It’s exactly what it looks like - they’re showing their kill to you in pride.
After all, they’re descendants of the greatest hunters on earth - the lion. Of course, they’re going to be proud to catch rodents. It just makes sense to drop it on your doorstep so you can tell them “good job.”
When we’re children, we are so excited sometimes to grow up and be fancy like the adults, we mimic things that they do (like sipping ‘wine’ - a.k.a apple juice, out of a wine glass).
Then we become teenagers, and continue to try to grow up too fast (this time, actually drinking wine from the wine glasses.) Then we reach adulthood, where we have moments of both wishing we were still in our teens, or back to the innocence of being a child. The grass is always greener, right?
That’s how you know
This is one of the best indicators of self-growth. It’s not how deep your relationships are now, or how peaceful you are on a daily basis. It’s not how your communication with others harmonizes, or how confident you feel within yourself.
All you need to look at, when you’re assessing how much you’ve grown as a person, is how much you cringe when you think of the things you did in the past. More cringe = more growth.
“You, sir, are the best Uber driver we have ever come across.” There are many types of Uber drivers out there. The chatty ones that pretend they’re your tour guide, giving you all the ‘hot tips’ of the city (even though you’ve lived there all of your life).
The sad Uber that’s using their customers as therapists, sharing all of their woes with them. And then, there is the holy grail of Uber. The one that is silent the whole way, giving you much needed peace and quiet.
What’s the communication like?
When the answer to the couple’s therapist question of “how is the communication between you two?” is “great”, make sure you’re thinking about more than just how often you text memes to each other from across the room.
There’s text communication for humour, and then there is real communication for mutual respect and connection. Both are great. Both are needed. Unfortunately, memes aren’t a substitute for a healthy foundation of communicating.
It’s a trap!
The cheese has trapped us. It lulled us in with it’s rich, delicious taste. Made us try all of it’s different varieties. Got us hooked on the one with holes and the one that smells like dirty socks. And now this! We’ve finally worked out it’s endgame.
Cheese never wanted to be eaten. It just wanted to play with our sanity by making us think that the more we got, the more we had. But we were very wrong. And now, very confused. Cheese - you let us down.
It’s all for the show of it
The front of the Christmas tree always gets more attention than the back. But what about when you want to move it? What if the back faces the window? Just like as you are developing your character, it’s important to pay attention to the well-rounded experience.
Don’t just work on one part of your character, for the show, but leave out all of the other deep inner work that people can’t see. That’s not what it is to be a well-rounded human. You’re just like a Christmas tree.