While listening to the latest from My Chemical Romance, "The Foundation of Decay," it brought back old memories of listening to them when I was in middle school, along with my other favorite alternative bands. I recall how I dressed at the time- tilted cap, band T-shirts, ripped jeans, chains, and all those rubber bracelets that went up my arm. It got me wondering, what did your emo phase look like? Were you big into the makeup? Did you only ever wear black? Which band did you represent the most? I had to bring this question to our social media. Wouldn't you know, the answers were unanimous.

"IT'S NOT A PHASE, IT'S A LIFESTYLE"

Yes, that's right, besides one incoherent message we received (what were you up to?), all of the rest of the dozens we received said in some fashion, "It's not a phase, it's a lifestyle!" You know what, you're right, it is. Here we are still listening to our favorite emo bands like My Chemical Romance, All Time Low, Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday, Paramore, Blink-182 and so much more. The moment that a song of any of theirs comes on, we know every word and are screaming our lungs to the music that raised us.

Sure, some of us may dress different now, and we may have found different interests, but there is still a little rebel inside all of us. In fact, this "It's not a phase, it's a lifestyle," mentality has become a trend on platforms like TikTok, and in fact, introducing new audiences to the music we know and love!

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