Wow. You went by so slow, yet so fast at the same time. You brought beginnings and you also brought along endings in a mere twelve months. I turned 19 years old in early March and did not really feel any older. I accomplished something that I never thought would happen: I completed my first year of college. During the summer, I got my first job and had a horrific (probably an over exaggeration) time of working at a gas station only a few miles from the county fair, earning me moments of getting hit on by carnies. My little brother finally entered into his double digit years in late July. I started my second year of college and took one of the most challenging English classes in the major! I joined the girls soccer club team and also the committee team for The Lighter on campus (yay for being social!). My parents got the kitchen remodeled, which is still not complete and has been one heck of a bumpy rollercoaster. Baby Driver was added to my list of favorite movies (you can read my gushing review of it by clicking here). I got to enjoy wonderfully, amazing music from artists that include One Republic, James Arthur, Fitz & The Tantrums, Demi Lovato, Maroon 5, and Jon Bellion. I swear Maroon 5’s new album ‘Red Pill Blues’ is one of their best ones yet and during these past few months, I became more and more obsessed with Jon Bellion’s music. Of course, I did A LOT of reading and always will be (I’m currently reading JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series and HOLY MACARONI I CAN’T PUT IT DOWN). My mom and I were able to get tickets for an event called ‘Readers on the River 2018’ where we will get to meet at least 20 authors, including a few of our absolute favorites! So, I thank you 2017, for bringing all of this goodness and more into my life during your twelve months.
Unfortunately, 2017, you also broke my heart by bringing events into my life that left me spinning. The life of someone my family loved dearly ended and the hole he left will forevermore be present. However, after this transpired, I learned the lesson of never taking a day for granted. It seemed like almost everywhere I turned there was drama around every corner, whether at school or at home. I have never been one to gravitate towards drama, but 2017, you pulled me in that direction so many times. I could go into more detail on the sad or negative events that occurred during your year, 2017, but I prefer to write more on the happy events, which I have done in the paragraph preceding.
2017, you led me to where I am now and I will be forever grateful, but it is now time to look to the future rather than hold my mind prison in the past.