Thursday, February 11, 2010

Amazing still, it seems.

One decade ago, I turned 13.

Today, I am 23.

I was finally allowed to wear makeup. I proceeded to wear bright blue eye shadow every single day.

I’ve moved on to pink.

I had a pajama party with my friends. I wore boxers with huge yellow smiley-faces on them.

I don’t own a single thing with a smiley face, a peace sign, or a yin-yang sign on it.

I was in 7th grade.

I have a college degree and a full-time job.

My best friend had bright red hair and we spent every Saturday having crazy adventures.

I have too many best friends to count. And we still have crazy adventures.

I wore as many butterfly clips in my hair as I could fit every day.

My hair is long and somewhat unruly. My favorite headband has a polka-dot bow on it.

I had a mouth full of crooked teeth.

Braces have worked wonders on my self-esteem.

I had never really sung before, but I joined choir solely because all my friends were doing it.

Choir defined my high school years. I ended up majoring in vocal performance for 2 semesters of college, and singing is still an integral part of my life.

I had a crush the size of Jupiter on the blonde boy in my math class.

I’ve had enough crushes to fill the solar system. And I no longer take math classes.

My favorite outfit involved a plaid skort and knee socks. Yes, a skort.

I think skorts and sporks belong in the same category. Symbols of everything awkward and unsure. I want nothing to do with either.

I rebelled by buying cherry coke and occasionally trying out a swear word or two.

Hoover Dam jokes are as risqué as I get, and Dr. Pepper is my new (rare) indulgence.

I gossiped and had mean-girl clique moments, just like everyone else.

I grew up. I love everyone.

I was first-chair violin in the 7th-grade orchestra.

I stopped playing at age 15, but still haven’t given up on that dream just yet.

I was on the school volleyball team. I hated my coach because she knew I sucked.

I no longer say “sucked.” But I still hate things I’m not good at the first time I try them.

I listened to N’Sync, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, and the Now & Then soundtrack.

Still hold a dear place in my heart, and in my iPod. I collect music obsessively. (See my updated playlist. Return any time if you need a good mix.)

I wanted to write books, fall in love, do something memorable, and probably save the world.

Some things never change.

“Don’t give away the end.” –jimmy eat world


Megs said...

I love this!! It's the perfect combination of Nostalgia and Optimism. It's funny to remember points in our lives and realize all the changes we've made. Love the Jimmy quote!


Abigail said...

aw cute! Happy birthday! Love you!

shirley elizabeth said...

Oh yeah butterfly clips! Oh dear.

Happy birthday to you!

Katie said...

Dr. Pepper is the best. But for me it's not rare.

P.S. I love this post.
P.P.S. Yay Hoover Dam jokes! Bahaha I don't know why they're still so funny.