I became a meme on the internet after posting a bomb AF picture and I’m not sure how I feel about it.
Being a current-day college kid really isn’t easy.
You’re barely clocking in enough hours of sleep, your grades are a mess, your love life is non-existent, your friends’ drama is never-ending and oh, the impending danger of the destruction of the earth caused by climate change has you constantly anxious.
But despite all this tension and fear engulfing our lives, we can always count on the internet for its greatest gift – memes.
Memes are basically a perfect amalgamation of modern-day art and relatable humor and truly the main source of entertainment for all young people on the internet. There are wholesome memes, nihilistic memes, geeky science memes, dark humor memes; you name a category, and there’s probably a whole bunch of memes around it.
In fact, one of the easiest ways to strike up a conversation with
your crush someone in this day and age is to simply send them a meme. It’s really that simple.
Truly, memes are the greatest things to arise from the internet and nothing really compares to them. Personally, I’m sorta addicted to them and spend hours daily scrolling through them.
Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE memes and it’s always been a dream of mine to be a meme. (Yeah, none of that millionaire or soulmate nonsense for me). And I guess, I’ve peaked in life because it sorta just happened…
Like your average vain child of the internet with a misplaced sense of self-importance, I enjoy doing the occasional modeling and collaborating with photographers for my Instagram.
Shameless self-promo. (Hashtag: sorry, not sorry?)
Anyway, on one of my recent shoots, I was messing around and trying various poses. At one point, I tried to move around like I was dancing in an attempt to look more graceful. Some of them turned out to be really cool and I ended up hastily uploading one on my Instagram.
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"𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘢𝘯𝘦 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤." -Friedrich Nietzsche 📸: @hasaankhalidd When you're doing something which you're sure about and makes sense to you, don't let other people's inability to decipher the intentions behind your actions deter you. If you're enjoying what you're doing and are sure of yourself, don't let the judgement of strangers ruin your good time. To passer-bys, I probably looked down right ridiculous while this photoshoot was going on. Now, had I stopped to pay attention to all that, I wouldn't have ended up with one of my favorite images of me. Don't let the fear of being declared insane, keep you from dancing to your own beat.🌼
Now, like your average angry, college student, I also have a Twitter account which I primarily use for ranting about the grievances in my mundane life. It’s a private account in the sense that no one I know in real life really knows about it (or well..didn’t know about it once upon a time). Anyway, I guess I was really feeling myself in the photograph from the shoot and, on an impulse, decided to post it on Twitter.
I keep dancing on my own… pic.twitter.com/zptc8wwzEt
— 🥨 (@vordwomitt) September 28, 2019
My face really isn’t visible in the photograph and I barely have any followers so I didn’t really think anyone but my mutuals would even acknowledge it.
BOY, was I wrong about that.
First off, in around just a few hours of posting the picture, people I knew in real life, found out about my “secret” account.
Brb, going on a crazy deleting tweets spree.
Initially, there was an onslaught of love from various people who complimented the picture.
Damn sis! Looking great
— Hifza Khan (@hifzakhann) September 30, 2019
Oh my god I’m shook
— spooky celery (@lubdubbadub) September 29, 2019
This is iconic.
— nuwanda (@ManalKhan0) September 28, 2019
Alas, all the taareef was shortlived. Instead of giving comments about the picture quality, people preferred to comment and give their own two cents regarding what my pose symbolized for them.
From having my movement compared to that of a wrestler…
Female version of Randy orton
— shayanbaig (@shayanbaig2) September 30, 2019
(Okay, WHEN is Randy Orton ever this graceful?)
…to our favorite childhood rom-com hero
— molaana 70 wale (@heavy_maamlat) September 29, 2019
…I ended up receiving a plethora of comments from people formulating their own opinion about what the pose actually was. However, what people drew the most parallels with was…cricket.
Yeh dance nhe bowling action hy
— Mazhar Khetran || مظہر کھتیران (@iMazharHasnain) September 29, 2019
Close enough? 🧐🤔😂 pic.twitter.com/l3KteySon9
— Think Out Loud With Saboor (@thinkloudsaboor) September 29, 2019
Reminds me of Saeed Ajmal Spin Bowler from Pak.
— Whosthatguy 🙈🙉🙊 (@HumourouslyMe) September 29, 2019
Saeed Ajmal, sweetie, I’m so sorry.
The cricket comparisons apparently resonated with so many people that the following tweet ended up becoming viral and being featured on countless meme pages…
Saeed Ajmal about to bowl a doosra https://t.co/F7sWrpYvQg
— TJ Griller (@lone4t) September 28, 2019
You know the whole thing is official when all the group chats you’re in are roasting you about this image.
It even inspired a lot of people to go the extra mile and indulge in some photoshop.
— Pablo Eskoulbar (@TooKoulForYou) September 29, 2019
And boy, people did not hold back in letting the photoshop artist in them shine. That awkward moment when the edited version of you has a much nicer body than you do, in real life…The booty in this pic is jhooti, you guys.
Some people really had the art of photoshop mastered…
Beautiful run up pic.twitter.com/bgpYHoujuC
— ऋषि™ (@reshoe_) September 30, 2019
Extra points for adding in the ball in my hand and giving me pants that sorta match with my outfit.
Others, really shouldn’t ever consider a career in photoshop.
Open For Surprise 🤩❤️ pic.twitter.com/EhFpmh5NJX
— S Ravind King (@sravindking) September 30, 2019
I’M SCREAMING. WHAT EVEN IS THIS PICTURE?!
Seriously, what is this?
Ok , Sorry 😬 pic.twitter.com/6Zz4YE9PiG
— S Ravind King (@sravindking) September 30, 2019
THIS ONE IS JUST BORDERLINE OFFENSIVE AND ALSO MAKES NO SENSE?
— Riaz Ahmed (@karmariaz) September 30, 2019
I have so many questions. Number one being: WHY?
So…how do I *REALLY* feel about all this?
I’ll be honest. When the whole thing first started happening I was super confused and freaked out and even considered deleting the photo straight away.
I was panicking initially (partly because my twitter wasn’t a secret anymore and partly because my bosses had seen the memes) but seeing people give so much attention to a random photograph of me and going ahead and photoshopping their own versions has honestly kept me tremendously entertained and also low-key flattered.
Honestly, I’ve found most of the memes either pretty funny and a few to be very cringeworthy at worst. Other than the occasional criticism about how my form is inappropriate for cricket (which wasn’t even my intention when the photo was being shot, dammit), I haven’t received any hateful comments which is refreshingly nice.
I find it really comical to see people seriously analyze my form in the picture and discuss it from a cricket perspective.
All in all, this whole experience has just reaffirmed the power of memes to me and also the fact that all men are made up of one joke that they all like to continuously recycle. But it’s fine. This is my moment to shine and I’m going to enjoy these two seconds of fame for as long as I can. After all, what fun is life if you don’t make any interesting meme-ories?
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Cover image via @featuringfatima/Instagram