Katie Piper’s take on Instagram’s #10yearchallenge teaches us a valuable life lesson

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Susan Devaney

The #10yearchallenge comes with its own set of challenges on social media…

By the time we turn the grand ol’ age of 30, we should have settled down, have our feet firmly on the property ladder, paid off all remaining debt from our student loan … and landed our dream job, right?

If we’re truthful, sometimes looking at posts on social media most of our peers appeared to have found success in ticking those societal driven boxes. And as much as we should most definitely share our successes, it can leave us feeling rather anxious about our own goals, our own lives.

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And the latest ‘how am I doing at life?’ test comes from the #10yearchallenge. How this social media craze started is anybody’s guess, but one thing’s for certain: it’s spreading. While some celebrities have shared truly inspiring posts (case in point: Munroe Bergdorf), others – like Katie Piper – have pointed out the anxiety it may be causing by posting two photos of yourself, 10 years apart.

“#10yearchallenge don’t let this challenge create anxiety within you about ageing - it’s an absolute privilege,” Piper posted, alongside two photos of herself – after being attacked by acid. “First pic me aged 25 year of 2009 in my mum’s kitchen. Second pic is me aged 35 last week in my own kitchen 2019!”

And Piper’s right: ageing is a privilege and life is messy. Instead of posting two photos trying to show how little we’ve aged, the photos should highlight our growth – including the signs of getting older with plenty of goals still left to achieve.

Let’s be fair, 10 years is a drop in the ocean in the grand scheme of life. 

Images: Gemma Day / Instagram


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Susan Devaney

Susan Devaney is a digital journalist for, writing about fashion, beauty, travel, feminism, and everything else in-between.

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