Tuesday, October 8, 2013

old pics


I've been looking through some old pics and posting them on my Instagram ... but I thought I'd also share them here ;)

I don't have many old pictures, since I haven't seen my parents for years, and didn't used to take pics before the digital camera age (I was quite clever at disappearing as soon as a camera came out!).  So the few I have are quite precious ;)

Unknown age - but it must be the 70s, look at that outfit!


High school, around the late 80s - I was a highly unpopular kid, obsessed with art and old movies (so not *that* much different from now!), and spent my high school years running away from bullies - literally!  I used to sleep with rollers in to get these waves - looked great with red lipstick!


And finally, aged about 17 years old - just finished high school, about to start art school.  That was a great year ;)


I loved my safety pin vest, ha!! 



16 comments:

  1. How could anyone bully you?! You could be Marilyn Monroe's doppelganger in that second photo! Egads!
    I love seeing past photos, though I don't have many myself (none currently). My childhood and teen years sound much the same-- lots of awkwardness and bullying... minus the art school happy ending. I dropped out before I graduated and haven't had a good chance to pick up my life/career since then.

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    1. Wait, I lie... I think I have two photos that an old friend sent me through Facebook, hehe.

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    2. Aww, thank you!! I did end up finishing school, but I have no idea how I did it ... it was the worst time in my life, but when I broke free it was wonderful! ;)

      I wanna see your pics now!!

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  2. You were cute as a child, lovely as a teen and is a beautiful woman today. There is often no particular reasons why someone get bullied, it's the bullies problem. My eldest son were bullied all the first 6 years in school, he got very depressed. After changing school he became a popular guy.
    I'm lucky that my granmother made a photobook for each one of us siblings and gave it to us when we got old.

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    1. I was different ... that's why I was bullied. Teenagers, regardless of how they try to portray themselves, are very narrow-minded and judgmental - I suffered for that, and didn't know how to be 'normal'. I wasn't allowed to change schools (because my parents agreed that I 'should be normal'), so I'm glad that your son was able to do so ;)

      How awesome to have a photobook!!

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  3. Do you know the Monica Richard's song "A Good Thing?" That's why you got bullied. That's why every kid who's creative, intelligent, incredible, wonderful and talented got bullied. But you know, those of us who got bullied (me included) knew something deeper about the world and about ourselves ... and that scared people. We signal difference and true knowledge, we signal change and progress. We show the world that it's ok to be ourselves and we have the courage to do so. Those bullies want everyone to be the same. THEY are the ones who are afraid so they desperately try to maintain the status quo through fear mongering and pain. You, my dear, rose above it and transformed into the gorgeous, talented and wonderful woman you are today.

    Now for the photos: GET OUT OF MY DRESS AND HAIR CUT! HA! Holy smokes, the 70s! I had the same dress and same blonde hair do, except mine was more strawberry blonde. And the last photo you and I were on the same wave length with the hair and the artsy vests! hehehehehe ... As for high school, I can't believe you got bullied! You were so retro and artsy. Gorgeous!

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    1. *HUGS* Yes, now I'm grateful for my experiences, but as a youngster it was pretty difficult. I had *no* friends, not even one - it's not cool to be friends, or to even be seen being friendly to the 'weirdo'. I even went through a period of 'trying to be normal' at about age 13 - talk about 'try hard'!! Haa, you really can't pretend to be something you're not ;) I was even more bullied for pretending, so I thought 'what the hell', and just continued doing what I wanted to do.

      In Australia in the late 80s being 'retro' wasn't at all cool ... it was the surf culture, and everyone was starting to wear name brands. I could only get hold of secondhand clothes, and made do with what I could get. As I said earlier, my parents were not at all supportive, so I felt I was bullied at home as well as school - making me even more introverted than I already was. I realise too how lucky I was to make it through that period - but I always had a feeling deep down that they were all shit, and that I 'would show them', HA! Nothing like a bit of arrogance to get you through the tough times!!

      Heh heh, gotta love the 70s style - eeep!!! I have 3 photos of myself as a young kid, so will have to post the other two sometime ;)

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    2. So much love to you, darling Michelle. So much love and hugs and smooches. Yes, arrogance (especially in a woman or young girl) can really make a difference. I'm actually *just* learning that lesson thanks to graduate school, my career, and family crap that's going on. :)

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    3. Awww, thank you gorgeous!! *HUGS*
      I'm grateful for my experiences, though I confess it's taken a lot of counselling and internal work to heal the scars ;)

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  4. You are so freakin' adorable! Thank you for sharing these photos and your memories! I have plenty of old photos from the ol' film age ;)

    I'm sorry you got bullied, people are cruel and when it's something different and/or unique they want to destroy it....I'm glad it's made you the strong and awesomely amazing person you are today!

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    1. You have an awesome amount of pics, I wish I had a camera back then to capture all my bad goth make-up (which mostly came just after that last pic I posted) ... ummm, actually maybe that's a good thing that I didn't, haa!!

      Nothing much changes, regarding 'normal people vs different people' ... but as we get older we are able to deal with it better. Also, 'alternative' is more fashionable now than it was back then - I was ahead of my time!! I would have fared better as a teenager now than in the late 80s, that's for sure ;)

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  5. I love your old photos - I wish I looked that good in high school! My mother made me wear a "pixie-cut" and cat's eye glasses. At least they didn't have rhinestones, but that's about the only good thing I can say about those damn glasses. I had to wear an undershirt instead of a bra until Grade 9 ... yeah, school was hell. :P

    But just look at us now, Michelle! Comfortable in our own skins at long last. ;o)

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    1. Heh heh, hindsight is a wonderful thing!! No one else thought I looked good at all in high school - but looking at this pic, I think I looked OK! :P

      I LOVE cats eye glasses, heh heh - and rhinestones would have been awesome!! (I have a pink pair with pink rhinestones - not your sort of thing at all!)

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    2. Too funny - I hate them because I was forced to wear them, and you love them because you didn't have to! Although, I bet pink with rhinestones look great on you! LOL

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  6. I LOVE seeing old photos of people! I love the picture of you with the blonde hair, you are super gorgeous (and you have great skin, I am jealous!) It is just sad how terrible some people are to each other. I feel your pain about the high school thing. I always feel really awkward when talking to people and they go on about how much fun they had in high school saying "those were they days!" and that sort of thing because I had a crappy time in school as well. Sadly, as an adult I see many people acting the same way as they probably did in high school....bullying others for their differences. Thankfully, there are people such as yourself in the world who are strong enough to stick to their guns and become the person that they wanted to be rather than just going along with the crowd.

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    1. Haaha, my skin was awful as a teenager, must have been the makeup covering it all up!! To be honest, I'd rather be happy as an adult than have my 'best years' in high school - I know people like that, and as you said, they don't change much. Must be awful to be past your best! Whereas at least we have the benefit of knowing our lives are just getting better and better ;)

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