There is nothing in the world so important for self-improvement as discovering that you are wrong.
But riding alongside all that wonderful personal growth is a healthy dollop of shame. And where better to turn shame into a fun scrollable gallery than Twitter?
The recent hashtag game #WhatIThoughtWhenIWas18 brought out the worst in our old selves. So cringe along with us, won’t you?
Here are just some of the highlights of #WhatIThoughtWhenIWas18
— Solenna (@solenna_1) July 19, 2018
Mr. Ciecek told my junior-year history class that we all would have ‘many loves’.
We were baffled.
— Rachel's Ratchet (@Rachels_Ratchet) July 19, 2018
#WhatIThoughtWhenIWas18 I wasn't thinking, that's how I got here
— ❤️HotCocoaGoddessBDCG AttnWhreDrmaQueen❤️ (@Crystallily73) July 19, 2018
We were completely unprepared for BILLS!
High school is over. Thank god. #WhatIThoughtWhenIWas18
— Bridget Lee (@mamabridgee) July 19, 2018
There’s a lot of overestimations of our life experience.
— Kitty (@kittykrumley) July 19, 2018
That I should get the senior discount because I was a senior in high school #WhatIThoughtWhenIWas18
— Luke, Deft (@LukeWheeler01) July 19, 2018
That I'd have a six figure salary by the time I'm 22.
— Zarrar #NA227 #PS67 (@ZarrarSalahPTI) July 19, 2018
— Liz. Laugh. Love. (@JustMyTweet) July 19, 2018
There were some misjudgements.
“My 31 year old math teacher is old as fuck” #WhatIThoughtWhenIWas18
— _Gazellionaire (@gazellionaire) July 19, 2018
Wine is for soccer moms. #WhatIThoughtWhenIWas18
— Jacqui Is it wine o’clock? (@heyjacqui_) July 19, 2018
That Bill Cosby and OJ Simpson were role models
— Todd Otto (@toddotto) July 19, 2018
Getting married on my 19th birthday was a great idea.#WhatIThoughtWhenIWas18
— ❤️ Jayme Really (@JaymeMcKenna) July 19, 2018
#WhatIThoughtWhenIWas18 that there could never possibly be a worse president than George W. Bush.
(I hate being wrong). pic.twitter.com/YjfPtCQIqf
— Matt (@nosoupforgeorge) July 19, 2018
And of course, some people out there made some rather more lasting errors at that age.
— Leigh Collins (@LLeigh81) July 19, 2018
— A is for Ava (@a4ava) July 19, 2018
— King Tillis (@KirvenTillis) July 20, 2018
Here’s to our dumber selves.