I know I’m not alone when I say that memes have been a very simple and effective source of comic relief this year. Dumb memes, stupid birds and frogs, cooked stills of The Simpsons – all of it. But wholesome memes? Good lord, hook it to my veins. Over the last week or so, a great trend has surfaced on Twitter, where people are documenting their personal journeys – or how they’re doing through 2020, the decade year – noting How It Started, and they’re all so bloody wholesome.
Except for the pandemic life 2020 ones, those ones are just painfully, horribly real. I am in those tweets and it hurts me.
A lot of the super wholesome ones cropped up over the weekend for National Coming Out Day – where people in the LGBTQIA+ community celebrating the moment they came out to friends and family – by pinpointing the moment that kicked it all off for them.
— V! (@vichalifa) October 12, 2020
— Dylan Ward Cunningham (@theprincedylan) October 11, 2020
— Chris Outler (@WeathaMan1234) October 12, 2020
Happy #NationalComingOutDay ????????✨????
How it started How it’s going pic.twitter.com/wGCzUWJMzA
— Alyson Stoner (@AlysonStoner) October 12, 2020
How it started: How it’s going:
Thank you for giving me the strength and courage to come out. I have never looked back. You made me into the person that I am today and I’m so very grateful ❤️#NationalComingOutDay pic.twitter.com/MTFV38p0nq
— ???????????????????????? ???????????????????????????? (@JasperDommett) October 11, 2020
Others are just really lovely moments of celebrating how much someone has developed their creative skills, or absolutely kicked personal goals.
How it started: How it's going:
(Don't ask me what's going on in the first pic. I have no idea what 4 year-old me was thinking ????) pic.twitter.com/LFqSeKP7AE
— Eegii (@EegiiArtto) October 12, 2020
How it started How its going pic.twitter.com/8DIuamieUg
— Respectfully , Mike P (@mikepopii) October 12, 2020
How it started. How It’s going. pic.twitter.com/CNrM94MOnU
— Lizette ???? (@lizalicea05) October 12, 2020
The pet ones? Adorable. The best. All I want to see forever and ever.
How it started vs how it’s going ???????? pic.twitter.com/uy3FoEGILi
— Angelida (@Angel_luna77) October 12, 2020
How it started: How it’s going: pic.twitter.com/Cyp5z3LKPM
— cølє (@SomeCallMeTott) October 12, 2020
How it started / how it ended pic.twitter.com/w9BkLQX0DH
— Chuletona Raniflu (@marfilu_) October 12, 2020
Some are just… truly alarming.
how it started how it’s going pic.twitter.com/dHfDFOPSK4
— Samantha S. Pumpkins ????☕️ (@coffeetan) October 11, 2020
How it started How it’s going pic.twitter.com/zq0FsojvHD
— Lei Nuo Yee (@nuoyeelei) October 12, 2020
How it started how it's going pic.twitter.com/qIZzp4gqIP
— Bailey (@1stalecornchip) October 12, 2020
How it started: How it’s going: pic.twitter.com/8nIOrM2cqT
— I Was a Teenage Anarchist (@FrekFounder) October 12, 2020
NBA stans have also jumped on the meme, and as someone who has very little idea about NBA I have no idea what’s happening. Apparently it’s something about the Lakers making 2020 champs?
How it started How its goin pic.twitter.com/KIHdE5zwnS
— TMC ???? (@MrRedMartian) October 12, 2020
Oh and those pandemic/2020 energy ones? Look, I’m just gonna leave these here because they’re giving me way too many feelings to actually talk about it.
They might not directly be about the coronavirus pandemic or the incredible fallout we’ve seen across the world, or the fact that Melbourne is in like month seven (eight? I don’t know) of lockdowns, but they definitely have a certain je ne sais quoi about them that just hits hard.
how it started / how its going pic.twitter.com/7mVgYVRynd
— MIR (@bearshome_art) October 11, 2020
how it started how it's going pic.twitter.com/EbWXaabbex
— Sara Yasin (@sarayasin) October 12, 2020
How it started // How it's going
Holding on to my fiddle-leaf plant babe, Billy Bob, till he haunts me. Also, how do I not kill my plants? pic.twitter.com/mv0CmZlggf
— Madhu Nadarajah (@MNadarajah9) October 12, 2020
How it started How it’s going pic.twitter.com/XaBoNJAg79
— jordan (@jojomewa1) October 12, 2020
How it started How it’s going pic.twitter.com/HujrGXGY3u
— Steve NOT @ NYCC 🙁 (@Galileo908) October 11, 2020
This one though. This one fucken rules. And it’s from Sarah Snook, of all people.
how it started how it ended pic.twitter.com/ydoKK5ocY6
— samantha (@sarahssnook) October 11, 2020
Sure, ‘How It Started’ is now something wildly groundbreaking or life-changing (well, maybe a little of a life-change for the people posting them) but it’s a very nice chance to celebrate others’ glow-ups and successes. Especially considering just about everyone in Melbourne snapped a bit over the weekend.Image: Twitter / FOX