Thursday Thoughts: Being Bridget

Alas! A long awaited Thursday Thoughts. Granted, I am editing this on Saturday (oops), but getting a bit personal. 

One of my favorite books of all time is The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Yeah, yeah, I know it's not very impressive for someone pursuing a degree in English, but I don't care. For those of you who don't know what the book's about (probably any male readers out there), it follows four very different 16 year olds during their first summer apart. I love the book for a lot of reasons- it was the first book I read for a middle school book report and proof that excellent books can make excellent movies, but has also been a kind of guide. Throughout the years, I have always wondered if I was more like this character or that and have tried to imagine what I would do in their shoes. 

I think at this point right now, I am definitely Bridget (book Bridget, I look nothing like Blake Lively running on the beach). For anyone who does not know the books, when describing the characters as cars, Bridget depicted as the car without bumpers or seat belts speeding down the highway. Anyone who knows me really well knows this to be true. Bridget lives life on the edge to say the least. In a lot of ways, this is good, I'm pretty sure Bridget will not die with a lot of "what ifs," but she is by no means perfect. The problem is that being the car speeding down the street comes with a lot of downsides, especially with friends and family. I certainly cause stress, myself included and sometimes fall flat on my face, and have to face the repercussions. 

Something that I have come to realize in the past year or so is that a) life is really really short and b) there will be people who never like you or what you do. Totally cliche, but after looking through lots of photos from camp albums, I came across pictures from my first week of college, and though so much had happened since that time, I was shocked by how fast a year had gone- much faster than the pervious. There are also people out there that probably don't like me and what I'm about (in addition to the friends in my life who tell me straight up I'm crazy- love you all). Though I think I could learn to be more responsible (it's a learning process, I am improving!) I guess I'd rather fall flat on my face and get those glory moments than not experience them at all- I think it's all part of the learning process. So far I haven't come across anything that has killed me yet (physically or emotionally), so if I had to be anyone from that book, I still think I'd pick Bridget any day. 

Happy Thursday! Hope you have a wonderful start to the weekend!

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