As I began packing for my upcoming trip to Chicago I found a well hidden bag of my journals. I've always kept a journal after I received one as a gift in fourth grade.
I had JJ pick one of the journals and I started reading passages from it.
The entire journal took place from January through December 2000. I am so proud of how far I've come in 12 short years. I'm glad I've kept record of my ups and downs. It is hilarious reading about a love triangle I was involved in. Of course I didn't know the outcome then. My thoughts and feelings about the situation has changed but i'm thankful to have my own words to remember what it felt like to me then. (Maybe I'll write blog about it).
A couple of points during the year, I write about cutting ties with a good friend of mine. I can clearly remember him getting on my nerves but I'm not exactly sure why. I think it had a lot to do with growing pains. He was in high school while I had moved on to college. One of the hardest lessons I learned post high school was not all of your friendships are going to make it and some of them shouldn't. However with this friend we someone survived and he is one of my very best friends and I honestly don't know what I'd do without him.
One is the worst things about going back in time is to read about something you STILL struggle with like my weight. How is it I'm still dealing with the same issues and fears. Will I ever get over that?
Most importantly I feel inspired to continue chronicling and writing my life story. Not only does it put things in perspective it will make a great novel. (After I'm famous).