Really enjoyed reading an article about 10 trends of today that will be mocked in 20 years over on ypulse.com, check out a few of their items:
Take a good look at a pair of Toms. Yes, the guy who invented them is a marketing genius. Yes, by buying a pair you can give a pair of shoes to a child in Africa. But honestly, the shoes are oddly-shaped canvas. How long do you think it will be before people realize that they can buy shoes for African children without subjecting themselves to strange-looking footwear?
Can you walk into a house these days without seeing a random word somewhere demanding that you “believe,” “love,” or “live?” If it isn’t a big wall sticker, it’s a wooden cutout sitting on a shelf.
I am afraid that someday these Pinterest-inspired coffee-filter wreaths, paper balls, and twine-adorned everything will be dusty and droopy and viewed similarly to the way we now view those old yarn Kleenex-box covers. That is to say, just because you can make something yourself doesn’t mean you should.
Sure, it’s cool to be able to write on the walls, the furniture, and the coffee mugs. But I guarantee you that in 20 years, you will walk into a house and, seeing the scribbled-on black wall, think, “This house hasn’t been re-done since 2012.”
It’s hard to predict what websites will go out of style and which ones will stay in — so much of it depends on how well they adapt to the times. Then again, there’s Instagram. You take pictures, you make them look vintage, and you share them. There’s nothing to adapt and grow. In a few years at most, something new and cool will come along, and Instagram accounts will be left dormant.
I had to laugh because several of the things are almost staples in our youth ministry. I’m wearing Toms right now, I don’t own skinny jeans, but our students do, I’m a heavy user of instagram, we have chalkboard paint all over our Youth Room.
It’s easy to think about these things and know that yes, they are cool and great in Youth Ministry right now, and we all full well know instagram, as awesome as it is now, will be replaced by something else in the next 20 years (duh, hologram’s).
I still belong to the current new generation, and I know we mock the terrible worship of the 90’s, the event driven Youth Ministry models, the hawaiin shirts, and the pizza party bait and switches.
But what will this generation be mocked for 20 years from now? The Youth Pastors who are literally being born today, what will they consider foolish that we consider revolutionary?