THEN AND NOW: This tag basically asks what I was like as a kid, at age 18, and now, for all of the following:
*MY DREAM JOB*
Kid: A reporter…I LOVED to talk and I loved watching the news. I was on the TV crew in middle school and I would sit at my desk, reading news out loud.
Age 18: Lawyer. From the moment I watched A Time to Kill, everything in my life was about law school. I did Mock Trial and Debate in high school and chose GW because there was no way I could do anything else in my life. My path was set. Get my B.A. then on to law school I would go…
Now: Well, I’d still love to be a lawyer but priorities have changed…but in a way, they’ve gone back to the basics of what I’ve always wanted to do with my life. I want to write full time and make a difference. The law school dream is put aside for now.
*MY FANTASY CRUSH*
Kid: Ricky Martin. Tarkan (Turkish singer)
Age 18: Rob Thomas, without a doubt. George Clooney.
Now: George Clooney. House.
Kid: It was a LOT of Turkish songs…
Age 18: “Unwell” by Matchbox 20 & “Hotel California” by the Eagles
Now: I CAN’T PICK JUST ONE!! At the moment, I’m in love with Three Days Grace’s “Pain” & “Home” as well as “Best of You” by Foo Fighters with a bit of Beth Hart mixed in there with “LA Song” and “Soulshine”…and then there’s “Zephyr Song” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Of course, I can’t forget the all time favorites of MB20, Linkin Park and a bunch of Turkish songs.
Age 18: Grease. A Time to Kill. Boondock Saints
Now: Grease. A Time to Kill. Boondock Saints. Love Actually. American History X and a bunch of others.
*HOW YOU SPENT YOUR EVENINGS*
Kid: Read and did HW, watched TV…after my brother was born, it was pretty much spent with him.
Age 18: Classes, working till late and then coming home to pull an all-nighter to finish my classwork. No wonder I burned myself out my first year of college…
Now: Working out, watching TV, writing, spending time with my bro and dad.
*YOUR BEST FRIENDS*
Kid: Z in Turkey; B. in middle school
Age 18: Jackie & Nzimale
Now: Meghan above all. Anthony, J, Karina and a few others that know who they are.
Kid: Staying alive…
Age 18: I had two jobs. Customer service at Giant and office assistant on campus…on top of keeping my scholarship…
Now: Admin Assistant, freelancer, writer.
Kid: I didn’t have crushes back then. I was too much of a tomboy…
Age 18: Mark A. from Giant….he was basically the only crush I had until I met TJ a year later…
Now: I don’t do crushes really…but there’s still one man who takes my breath away.
*WHAT SCARED YOU?*
Kid: My mom
Age 18: Losing my scholarship. Not being a good sister to my brother…
Now: ANYTHING happening to my brother.
Kid: I was such a Daddy’s princess…and my grandfather…
Age 18: Dad, my grandfather and Marilyn Monroe.
Now: Dad. My grandfather. Marilyn Monroe. My brother. Anyone who spends their life trying to make a difference in the world by being true to who they are.
*MADE YOU LAUGH?*
Kid: Hardly anything until my brother was born…
Age 18: My friends, standup comedy, being incredibly stupid in public.
Now: Yeah well, basically all the same. Oh and stupid people…
*HOW YOU FELT ABOUT YOUR FAMILY*
Kid: I felt like I didn’t belong
Age 18: Stifling but I still loved them.
Now: Love ’em to death but they hold me back.
*A DREAM COME TRUE?*
Age 18: I’d already had my dreams come true by getting into GW. What I wanted then was to have my parents keep their promise to me at the end of my first year. Naturally, they didn’t.
Now: Being successful and going after my goals, no matter how hard I have to work at them.
*WHO WERE YOU?*
Kid: Tomboy…the girl that all the boys were scared of and all the other girls hated. A disappointment to my parents no matter how hard I tried. An older sister.
Age 18: INCREDIBLY self-conscious. I had no idea who I was or who I was supposed to be…I didn’t know that I was doing the right thing all along…I lost focus on who I was because I let my parents take over my heart
Now: A writer, a lover, a fighter, a friend, confidante, a sister, a daughter. I know where I came from and I know where I’m going. I’ve come a VERY long way in the last 5 years and I will continue to grow, no matter what. I still struggle with self-esteem issues and sometimes past demons crawl back to the surface but at the end of the day, I am stronger than I ever gave myself credit for and I’m ready to take on the world because I got soul.
I…tag…YOU!! Do this…it was a lot of fun 🙂