I’m an emo through thick and thin. When I was a kid, people told me that it was just a phase. Well, guess what, it isn’t. I’m proud to be an emo punk adult, and in today’s post, I’ll tell you what I experienced throughout my childhood, that still matters today!
- Dealing with bad shit
If you’ve been feeling ‘depressed’ or ‘down’ for much of your emo life, maybe it was for a good reason. Adult life was ahead, and adult life can suck! Paying rent or mortgage, bills, along with long work weeks, and not having time to hang out in parks in large groups are enough to take someone down! That said, maybe it’s not all bad, think about the hours wasted hanging out; your post-emo life is certainly productive by comparison. You’re now achieving something every day, and your life has direction.
Every year, you count down the days to Halloween and look forward to dressing the way you used to. Halloween is actually Emo throwback day, the only acceptable day to dress emo or goth as an adult. Make the most of it and go wild! Use Halloween as a photo op too! Think back to a time when a fringe hides half of your face, and eyeliner hides the other half. That was once an everyday thing.
3. Band tees
…Maybe not for work. Depending on your career choice, work clothes can be quite relaxed. Studies show that the rules and regulations for workwear have relaxed over the years. As an emo, you personalised your clothes to look unique and to express yourself, so you’re probably looking for ways to add that special something to your favourite outfit to stand out today, or you’re looking for garments that you don’t normally find in regular stores. Keep in mind that whatever your job is, you may need to tone it down a bit. Keep it casual for the weekend.
4. Read books
For years as a scene kid, you’ve made sure you’re open to change, and you realise that trends change over time, but that doesn’t mean you’ve changed your beliefs, interests, or favourite music. Those hours you spent reading in your room taught you a lot. So trade those emo novels and books about self-examination and feelings for classic ones. Reading improves your outlook on life and can even help with depression, and coping with adult life. It can help you connect with the world, feel less depressed or isolated, and feel better about life. Other benefits of reading books include gaining knowledge and expanding your vocabulary. Reading can also improve your writing skills.
5. Music and mood
…Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Emo music is stereotypical melodramatic guitar-based rock music. It can either be aggressive and ‘screaming’ or it can be acoustic and gentle. Chances are it’ll contain confessions or explicitly personal lyrics, often about heartbreak or loneliness. Throw out these depressing sounds, but don’t write off rock just yet. Explore the genre and find a new sound. Chances are you have an open mind when it comes to music. As an emo kid you didn’t listen to regular music. This has resulted in you discovering a much wider range of music than other people since then. Time may change, but your interests shouldn’t. Performances are great, so keep going to shows and remember: it’s okay to enjoy the music and get moving!
Love, Deem/Skye Lewis ❤
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