I remember when I was fifteen and I was browsing for NSYNC fanfiction and I stumbled upon livejournal. In those days, you needed a code or a paid account to use the service. I asked my mother for a paid account for Christmas and $25 later, here I was.
The phrase "bright brown eyes" is from "Senorita," the opening track on Justin Timberlake's debut album. I was really into "Justified" when it came out. I was in 10th grade then.
I updated this thing several times a day until well into college. Most of them were ramblings about homework, SAT prep and college applications. Livejournal was a hub for a lot of my high school friends. At one point, most of them had one. I even met some great friends at UCSB, some of whom I'm still close to.
I stopped updating regularly around the end of my junior year. I think I was going though some kind of slow nervous breakdown at that point. And in the summer of 2008, I discovered Twitter. My livejournal became less convenient to update.
My friends list is usually an open tab on my browser these days. Most entries are from Oh No They Didn't, though. Most of my friends probably haven't gone to this website in months or years. I hadn't updated since July up until now. A lot has happened since then, but if you're reading this, you already know.
Every once in a while, I like to read a random entry from a 5-6 years ago to see what was on my mind at the time. I'm glad I put a lot of stuff down from my time in London, though much of it was just ramblings and were not descriptive enough for me to really understand what I was doing. I remember being tired a lot that year. I had so much work to do.
I'm keeping a paper journal about New Zealand. I'm afraid of losing it because I think it has some neat stuff in there. I've been trying to learn how to draw so I have some sketches of people I meet and things I've seen. Journaling is actually quite a nice hobby, now that I think about it.
I'm not sure where this was going. I'm in a hostel in Wellington trying to figure out where to live at the moment. For some reason, I thought I should stay in this random, tiny city on the opposite side of the world for a few months. It's one of the fun parts about being an adult. The less fun aspects - surviving on the money I'm making, finding a clean and safe place to live - are around too.
I'll wrap up. No, I'm not deleting. No, I'm not pledging to use this more often. I just thought it was important to mention this milestone and reflect on the last 10 years (more or less). So see you whenever.