Lately Gen Z-ers everywhere (or at least on TikTok) are proclaiming that they’re in their ‘delulu era’—and they might be onto something. Let’s backpedal for a moment though because I’m realizing that without any context, this may sound like gibberish to you.
‘Delulu’ is short for delusional, and it’s a term that first emerged in 2014 to describe obsessive K-Pop fans who believed they could end up with their favorite stars (i.e., Jungkook from BTS). Since then, the term has been co-opted by TikTokers and is used to encourage a little delusion in all aspects of your life.
So much has happened (and continues to happen) in the world and the silly word is a simple reminder to not take life too seriously sometimes. Moreover, it nudges us to manifest our own paths forward.
See, over the last three years, it was easy for me to be a homebody and let the outside world figure itself out. But when my best friend of 17 years told me she was pregnant, reality hit me hard. I was overjoyed for her, of course, but I bawled my eyes out as soon as I hung up the phone. Yes, everyone is on their own timeline, but this made me question what I was doing with my own life. And so began ‘my delulu era,’ as an almost 30-year-old.