The other day I had a long conversation with TV producer about a show they are doing that will showcase my very good friend back when she was 17. I’m thinking it’s kind of like the MTV version of Before they were stars… or something. Besides, who wouldn’t want to look back at all the fabulous hair and wardrobe choices, the crushes and heartbreaks, and all of the incredible experiences that made up that wonderful year of life?!! (Yea, I was pretty happy that the show wasn’t about me, either. How would I really explain those outfits?)
Ever since that conversation, I’ve been on a trip down memory lane. It’s crazy to be reminded of the kind of person you were back then and all the thoughts and plans that seemed so incredibly important at the ripe old age of 17. She wanted to know why our group named ourselves the BOMB SQUAD. Well, err, uhhh, we kind of thought we were “the bomb” and we created this nickname that suited us and just ended up sticking. I don’t know…it totally made sense at 17! From all the boys we had crushes on that we’d rather not admit to, to the trips to “San Diego” that somehow landed us on the other side of the border, to really thinking glitter can really solve most of life’s dilemmas, to understanding what makes a good friend, and all the other crazy stuff 17-year-olds try to make sense of, that particular year was probably pretty life changing for me. I might not have realized it then, but looking back on it now it all makes perfect sense.
Being 17 was awesome and it’s even more awesome to look back at it now and smile. I smile because I have the same people around me who loved me then but who love me even more now. I’m still the bossy, opinionated, ration out Capri Suns person I was back then, but I dress better. And I have better taste in men. (I hope). And they have blossomed into women I am over the top proud of. To know someone while they are in the process of becoming who they will be, and to now see the outcome of that process is kind of cool. And this is just the beginning!
What are some of the things you remember from when you were 17? The things that make you smile? The stuff that makes you cringe? Not all of us are lucky enough to be featured on MTV, but sharing on the fabulous blog is almost as cool!
*** The “Bomb Squad” at 17***