Is this happening because I’m older now and everyone’s getting married and having kids? Probably.
Were the pictures possibly a lot more rambunctious back when Facebook was limited only to college networks and the parents were never to be found? Probably.
The most interesting thing about these changes are that the people I grew up with who I thought would be the last to get married (let alone have kids) were the first to go down that path.
As I’m thinking what will happen down the line, my status updates will go through several major phases: The onslaught of incessant “look at my babyyyyy” posts may be overtaken at some points by divorces since there is a 50% chance for that. Then history will repeat itself with another round of (second) marriages, followed shortly by an even worse breakup but this time with the pizzazz of alimony and custody battles. Yikes!
But wait, there’s more! Next thing I know my friends’ children will be the ones posting the party pics. Then if we still have our beloved Facebook half way through this century, I’ll be skimming statuses pertaining to retirement issues, adult diaper stories and lots and lots of people passing away. That may be the craziest bit: In 100 years, Facebook will be full of dead people. 😮
So what do we do? Well… we just have to enjoy the ride because the sooner we embrace the fact that change is the only constant, the sooner we could be empowered to live our lives to the fullest (whatever that means for you). If you want to remain single or start a family, that’s up to you. Just understand that you have only so many hours in a day to do all the things you want to do. Once spouses (let alone kids) enter the picture, friendships dwindle down dramatically. I say that because I have never experienced any progression of a friendship after someone got married.
That may sound kind of sad but it’s NOT! It is what it is: There is only enough time in a day for school, work, friends, gf/bf/spouse/kids, and exercise. CHOOSE TWO. Three if you’ve got super-powers but it’s likely you’ll be losing out on sleep.
Your time is precious god damn it. So go out there and be the best damn YOU you’ve always wanted to be.