Tumblr taught me many life lessons as a teenager.
Like many other awkward teens born in the 90s, Tumblr was a huge part of my life.
Throughout most of high school, I spent every waking moment outside of school reblogging posts, writing out my thoughts, and making new internet friends on Tumblr.
High school life sucked, and Tumblr was my escape.
Side note: I have a blog post all about how life gets better after high school.
For some reason last night, I found myself digging around my old Tumblr blog, and waves of emotions ran over me.
Readings things I wrote and things that were said to me 7-8 years ago and looking at them from my perspective today got me thinking, and I thought I’d share a few of the realizations I made.
I know many of you guys are the same or similar age as me, so I thought it might be relevant to you as well.
These are some of the life lessons I learned from being on Tumblr.
Let me know if you can relate to any of these as well!
1. Writing can be therapeutic
I received both praise and negativity for being so open about my personal life online back in the day.
I’ve always sort of been an open book, which I guess is why I’m able to open up on here as well and talk about more personal things.
A lot of things I wrote about were a sort of therapy for me, and Tumblr was the one place you could go and rant about your feelings without (for the most part) people you knew reading it.
Writing out my thoughts and feelings, my heart and soul, helped me through the dark times.
To this day, writing is the thing I turn to when I’m in a bad place.
2. People out there do care about you
The Tumblr community I was part of was so caring and so supportive.
When I wrote about my suicidal thoughts, I received support messages and words of advice from strangers I didn’t even know.
People who had no idea who I was outside of the things I posted online cared enough to reach out and offer their help, which I am forever grateful for.
With all the bullying and negativity on the internet, kids need a safe space with supportive friends.
Tumblr was also a great way to make new friends that you shared interests with.
Tumblr meet ups were a thing, where users met up at specific locations like malls and got to meet each other!
3. If they won’t say it to your face, they’re not worth your time
Although there were so many wonderful and supportive people, there were also tons of haters and trolls.
That’s what happens when the option to ask anonymous questions is available.
I constantly received anonymous messages calling me a slut, whore, bitch, and even worse things.
To this day, I have no clue who these people were.
Did it hurt? Hell yes.
Are they relevant now? Not at all.
If anyone has time to take out of their day to be hurtful to you anonymously from behind a screen, there’s something wrong with them, and not you.
They ain’t worth a second of your time.
4. You’re not alone
Tumblr was a place where people felt like they could rant about whatever they wanted.
Because of this, you could always see what other people were going through.
Whether it was being an awkward teenager with social anxiety, or just a girl who thought she was meant to be forever alone, you never really were alone.
There was always someone out there going through the same thing as you, which holds true to anything these days.
It was nice reading other people’s Tumblr posts about life, their thoughts, and their feelings.
Being able to relate to other Tumblr users was just another form of therapy.
5. Life really does get better after high school
I’m not really sure if Tumblr popularized the idea of the “socially awkward teen”, or if a lot of people using Tumblr back then just happened to be socially awkward teens.
Either way, people always said life would get better after high school, and it really is true.
For the people who didn’t have many friends, Tumblr was a space where you could connect with other people, be your true self, and grow emotionally and intellectually.
Tumblr helped me get through my depressing high school years, and life now is pretty great.
Gosh, Tumblr holds so many memories for me.
And yes, I did throw in photos here from my Tumblr girl days!
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