However, the problem with this culture that the current generation has developed is that they spend so long trying to look as perfect as possible that the photo isn't a reflection of who they actually are, but what they think everyone should want them to be.
Well, it's time to start taking notes millennials, 'cause here are 20 photos (taken with none of the filters or effects that you have nowadays!) that prove your parents were actually miles cooler than you may ever be!
Reddit user danabre posted this photo of their mother as a tank commander in 1984 and it might just be the coolest thing I've seen since I last checked my yearbook photo. People would spend a fortune nowadays trying to make a photo of themselves looking as cool as this, but the fact that this is authentic is just priceless. You go girl!!
Yep, this photo shows Reddit user LanaDelRayQuaza's dad pinning the veritable meme factory and martial artist Chuck Norris... if that were me, I'd be leaving copies of that photo literally everywhere I went.
This photo is from 1984 and shows lillyhaze's mother with the rest of her all male welding class, what a freakin' amazing inspiration to her children!
Did you read the title for this one... I mean, it pretty much sums up this badass dad in the early 80's. I never thought unicycles were big in the 80's, but after this photo I realise I was wrong.
According to the person who posted this, they stumbled across this photo on the internet and their father had no idea this photo existed! Apparently it 'brought him to tears'... see, the internet is useful after all!
Okay, this guy is just off-the-scale hot in this photo, there's no two way's about it. I'd take this over a filtered selfie any day, who's with me?!
Now that is one hell of a Boombox! People now-a-days may use black and white filters to make their photos appear cooler, but nothing can top original black and white photography!
They didn't have camera effects so freely and readily as we do now, but something as simple as using a mirror makes this 70's photo seem aesthetic as heck!
I love that you can see the crease on the original where the photo's been scanned as well as the blemishes and marks on the picture. I don't condone smoking, but this guy is just exuding cool here!
I mean working on a nuclear submarine is pretty cool as it is, never mind stopping for a little fishing jaunt in the middle of the ocean. It's the sort of job that makes everyone else at a dinner party dread having to say what they do.
According to Reddit user gollub who's father this is: "He bought with his own money that he earned farming (and drove it daily). He was 11 when he bought it, so this photo was taken in 1948."
I can barely function as an adult now, and I'm... well, *coughs, let's move on.
Again, I didn't know that circus skills like unicycling with two crates of beer or doing a handstand atop two moving skateboards stacked atop each other was cool, but that's one hell of a cool photo! I mean, how do you figure out that you can do that?!
I can't tell whether he's having the best day ever or the worst day ever, but I think it's impossible not to smile when looking at this photo. It's just the downright oddest combination of outfit, hat and instrument. I just love it.
I'm struggling to think of any single thing that would convince me to get that close to a cheetah and I'm drawing a blank, aside from maybe a lifetime supply of takeaway and wine... I don't know which would kill me first! (I do... the cheetah, the cheetah would always kill me first in that unlikely scenario.)
I'm feeling like I'm burning just looking at this photo! I wish I could tan this well, I just go red and peel... or I just end up with a weird pattern on my body!
The car, the outfit, the hair... just everything, everything about this photo is slick! I'd need more than just a time machine to look this fantastic!
Photobomb of the 70's goes to the cow in the background staring right at the camera!