What the #TenYearChallenge taught me

Three days or so ago, social media went gaga over the #TenYearChallenge which trended worldwide. For those who don’t do much social media, it was about people sharing photos of themselves; one from 2008-2009 and another from 2018-2019. The vast difference between the images sparked emotions ranging from shock 😳to amusement 😂.

When photos from the challenge began appearing on my timeline, I ignored them until I realized it was trending worldwide. From celebrities to CEOs to influencers, everyone was showing photos from a decade ago; one they thought was so good such that they had this flair with their poses.🤦‍♀️

With time came advancement in technology and upgraded camera quality and that showed in the recent photos shared in comparison to the old ones. Now we have filters to clear away any blemishes and present a picture-perfect version of ourselves. Back in the day, the photos presented what exactly what we looked like. I’m pretty sure in 2029, we’ll look back at the photos we take now and wince; wondering how we thought we looked that cool. I guess the sense of beauty changes as we age. 😎

What I observed from the challenge was that, ten years ago, the people we hail today as superstars were basically rookies; aspiring to be great and do something significant with their lives. Fast forward to today and some have achieved that goal; others started well but fell out of the race.🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️

This teaches me that success is just a matter of time. As long as God spares us our lives till a decade from now, we will be where we are dreaming to be now if we don’t give up on God and ourselves. We all have our seasons. A would hit big today; it would be B’s turn a month, year, decade or two from now. Perhaps not all successful people we know today had dreams of who they wanted to become in future. They just took it one day a time, tried their hands at this and that, got to the right place at the right time and met the right person and boom!🕺💃

That can be your story. Maybe prospects of your future doesn’t look promising; glancing from the lens of your present circumstances but be rest assured, your breakthrough moment is on its way. You may not know when, how, where or through whom but believe you will be in a much better place.🙌

Unfortunately, ten years ago, I didn’t own a phone so I won’t be able to share a photo with you.

Did you take part in the challenge? What thoughts ran through your mind as you looked at both photos? How did it make you feel – surprised, humbled or grateful? Kindly share with me and thanks for reading.

Photo source: Gabrielle Union-Wade’s Instagram page

© Josephine Amoako 2019


19 Comments Add yours

  1. Ganzymalgwi says:

    I took part in the challenge, looking back at the pictures and seeing the transformation all I could say is thank God.
    Just like you said reflecting back a decade ago must are still learning and this should give us opportunity to strive and be better version of ourselves.

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  2. I didn’t take part in the challenge…. Well, I like doing things when no one else is doing it so maybe when the craze about the #10yearschallenge dies I will do it. A lot run through my head when I saw that of others…. Apparently, people I thought were older than me because of how they look…. I’m years older than them. One photo from the #10yearschalkenge I saw that I picked lessons from was one of a young man who 10 years ago was a truck pusher and now wears suit and tie and works in a decent company.

    It doesn’t matter where you are now but once you have a dream and take life one day at a time, you surely will get there. Don’t look down on anyone because of who they are now.


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    1. joseyphina says:

      Totally agree with you, Mianu. No one knows what tomorrow holds. Thanks for sharing.


  3. 🌹V.O.L says:

    I didn’t take part in the challenge but it’s truly been eye opening being able to visually gauge how much can change in ten years. Time is everything

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      It is indeed. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts, Victoria.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. NAHLESU says:

    i did that challenge on my page last year 2018, I was surprised it became a trend this 2019..lol.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Oh I see…thanks for sharing


  5. Miss.Kizza says:

    I didn’t take part in the challenge but enjoyed people’s photos, the ones who took part in it. And like you Said, definition of beauty changes with age.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      It really does. Thanks for reading, Racheal.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Beaton says:

    During the time the challenge was trending my country was going through a rather difficult time and internet was shut down so I could not take part in it but funny enough, not, in 2008 the country was at another catastrophic phase and photos from then arent even flattering for some of us its period in history would rather not remember but as history proves not learning anything from your mistakes doom you to history repeating itself all over again
    2018 going on to 2008

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      That’s rather unfortunate, Beaton. I pray things get better in your country. 🙏

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Liz says:

    I have just followed you on Pinterest and pinned one of your pins. Please follow me on Pinterest. Happy New Year! The croutons look amazing. I would give mine a sprinkle of Parmesan.


  8. sweetmagg says:

    Hmmmm didn’t really took part but went through my old pictures some years back n a picture took my attention b4 I could review it my heart missed a beat a tear drop down hmmmm a pic of my myself my mum n my friends with my lovely late uncle in the middle.

    A caption at d back was *I am very happy today because uncle n mum came to visit me on 1st visiting day in my 1st yr in SHS. If I had ever thought of losing him d way I did maybe I would have share a smile rather than a tear. Ten yrs now he would have been proud of me yet he is no where to b found. How time fly’s.

    The pic thought me to enjoy the ppl I have around now than ever because nothing last forever n time favors no one. Don’t hesitate to appreciate the love once around u now because u never know what tomorrow may bring.

    No matter how scream I love u Uncle in d nights to its still dawn on me he is gone forever. Memories is all is left hmmmm.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for sharing your story, Magg as well as the advice. We should all appreciate the people we care about every chance we get.


    1. joseyphina says:

      Thank you for reading.


  9. officialosi says:

    I didn’t take part in the challenge as I’ve deleted all the pictures of me from
    That time. But if there’s ones thing that’s is solidified is black don’t crack

    Liked by 1 person

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