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17 is old. i mean it. 16 is sweet, and the ideas of "sweet 16s" in our society almost make the age 16 seem more juvinile than it would be normally. 16 is full of new things, sure, but it's still kiddish. when you're 16, you're a teen, a kid, a highschooler. you could be 16 and be a sophmore. to be 17, on the other hand, that is something else intirly. If you're 17 there are new things, and new responsabilities, but you arent "sweet" any more. There's no more flowers and pink poofy images that come to mind at the age of 17. 17 is all cars and R rated movies. 17 is not a kid. not a teenager. but more of someone who will be an adult in a very short amount of time. In a year i will be going to college, i will be voting in my first election, i will be doing so many adult things, which 17 is just the start of. i dont want to seem nostalgic, because i am not. 17 brings on more fun for me than anything else, and im happy to say that my junior year is almost over, that i will be a senior, soon a freshman in college, and soon voting. It's just that turning 17 strikes me differently than turning any other age did. It just seems OLDER, really TRULY OLDER. Not just oh haha, another year but more of a focal turning point in my life kind of older. And i dont know what the big 1 7 will bring me, and right now, im happy with that. It just seems strange, like im at the top of a mountain, but there's so many clouds that I cant see where I'm going, and only barely can I see from where I came. 17 more than anything shows me that my life is my life. I'm not a kid anymore, and I dont mind, but now it's up to me to make my life what I want it to be. It's almost a self-imposed responsability, a new weight that I feel on my shoulders, but that no one has placed there. I just feel so grown up, so old, and it's new and exciting, and the best part is, it's mine.
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On le 11 mai 2006 00:05 (UTC), bug_in_a_rug commented:
Reading that gave me a sort of chill, for some reason or other. :) In a good way.

Happy birthday. I feel like I ought to congratulate you or something.
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On le 11 mai 2006 00:07 (UTC), arelish replied:
aww, thanks dude. what are you doing this summer?/can we hang please?
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On le 11 mai 2006 00:13 (UTC), bug_in_a_rug replied:
I'm actually going to be in Rhode Island - I'm doing a thingy at RISD for six weeks. But I'll be around at the end. And if you've got any free time before school's up, I'm more than willing. :D

What are you up to this summer?
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On le 11 mai 2006 00:41 (UTC), dreamydaydream commented:
Scary thought..I'm almost glad to still be 16..
but also, 17's something to look forward to.

Happy birthday!
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