Birthdays, wrinkles and expanding midsections were already enough to make us Gen Xers feel old, but then AARP magazine decided to really drive home the point that the Angel of Death is coming for us by slapping Luke Perry’s (still very dreamy!) face on their cover.
Join us in wishing Luke Perry of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ a happy 50th birthday! pic.twitter.com/QWz8TsjGpL
— AARP (@AARP) October 11, 2016
This caused Gen Xers across the internet to lose their damn minds.
@AARP You just made a whole generation of people who thought they were still young very depressed
— Sam HawkBadger (@hwkbgr) October 13, 2016
— Ashleigh Banfield (@TVAshleigh) October 18, 2016
Luke Perry is on the cover of AARP. I’ll just be over here sobbing into my Metamucil.
— Angela Romack (@angelamromack) October 16, 2016
Someone please help me process Luke Perry on the cover of AARP. #methuselah
— Amber Katz (@Glambr) October 14, 2016
But don’t let the fact that yes, the space-time continuum has cracked and you are now living in a world where Dylan McKay is somehow older than Jim and Cindy Walsh be the only fact that makes you feel busted and decrepit. Here are five little nuggets of cold, harsh truth that should also do the trick.
2.) This meme
3.) The naked swimming baby from the cover of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album, now looks like this:
And at 25 he’s older than Kurt Cobain was when “Nevermind” was first released.
4.) The show “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X”
5.) And last but not least— your social media feed use to look like this…
But now, friends who had children early in life, post pics of their kids going to prom and (OMFG) graduating from high school!