And We Grow Older: A Facebook Pictures Experimentation

I’m turning 27 in a few months. I know, that’s not old. Yet, for the first time, I feel that I’ve reached a tipping point in my life.

I am not young anymore.

Think of it this way. I started this blog when I was 18. I was in the summer semester of my freshman year in college. We had just moved to Jordan. I had bought a car a few months earlier, and I was excited to explore the world I knew nothing about.

Today, almost 10 years later, I am a different person. The world isn’t the mystery it used to be. I did a little traveling. I’ve been pulling 9-to-6 shifts for five years, working with people who have almost put a dent in the universe. I’ve been through death, divorce, and dire situations. My friends have thinning hair, children, and loans.

In the past 10 years, my life changed, and not just because of age and experience. Today, there’s Facebook, Twitter, and 3G smartphones.  The Arab Spring has changed my part of the world, and everyone’s outlook on life. The Internet is maturing, and with its maturity, the world continues to experience new things.

You know when the feeling of age settles in? When I Google pop culture icons from my youth. Long gone are the carefree, youthful rebels. They simply look like they’re out of place. Remnants of a bygone era. Britney. Green Day. Joey. Madonna. Leo.

You know what’s worse though? Going through my own life and the lives of my friends, as told by Facebook. Facebook does, after all, conveniently display pictures in chronological order: your life, passing by, as quickly as the pictures load. Sagging smiles, thinning hair, eyes whose brightness has dimmed. Faces with no more baby fat, noses that have grown larger with the years. Friendships lost, friendships gained. Experiences dead and buried.

Life is so short. And we’re growing old.

Tigool Ahwak — Mirage — تقول أهواك

For your dose of Jordanian WTF goodness (in a really good way, and I’m not being sarcastic), here are a few songs by retro Jordanian band Mirage.

For those of us who remember the early 90’s, the WTF goodness comes from nostalgia. For those of you who don’t, well, just enjoy the video. I’m actually totally inspired by the Bedouin-meets-80’s-Disco style. It’s different, to say the least. And it’s actually a good song.

I wonder what happened to all these people. Amman was such a cool place in the early 90’s.

Even better, a much more recent song by the band:

Check out the Asian chicks singing Arabic and the whole Wiccan theme. SO FREAKIN’ COOL.