I’ve officially been blogging for five years. Yesterday was actually the “official” anniversary, although I didn’t realize it until 11:30 at night. But I think it was rather apropos… blogging is just so much a part of my life that I don’t think about it as anything different. Five years is a long time and at the same time not that long.
And yet I can’t believe there was ever a point in my life when “The College Prepster” wasn’t a part of it. She (I honestly treat The College Prepster as a sort of character– otherwise I think I would go insane, although it seems very insane) has definitely turned into a little friend over the years.
So with five years of blogging under my belt, what’s the biggest thing I’ve learned?
You never know what something can become.
When I started blogging, I had no intentions, no goals, no plans, no expectations. At the time, I was in the middle of a pretty bad depression with serious (serious) anxiety issues. My entire self-worth growing up was basically how well I performed at school. Straight As, good girl. At Georgetown though, a combination of homesickness, super late puberty, and being challenged academically and socially in ways that I had never really experienced caused a spiraling of my life. (Or so it felt.)
The only way to really sum up that first semester was a major case of simply being lost. Who was I, if I wasn’t the best in the class? Who was I, if I wasn’t surrounded by my childhood friends? Who was I, in a taller, curvier body? Who was I, without my family?
I started my blog for a creative outlet and distraction from classwork that I disliked and created “The College Prepster” to display who I ultimately wanted to become. Happy, outgoing, hardworking, and put-together (in the grander sense).
Never did I intend to create something that other people would read. I guess I thought they could, if they wanted… It was on the Internet, not in a diary. But I didn’t really think anyone would want to. Social media took off, I grew up a lot, and The College Prepster settled into a nice little niche.
I’ve met my best friends through blogging. Had incredible experiences through blogging. Found a job that I absolutely love through blogging. But the major point here is that I had no idea what a creative outlet for a depressed college freshman would turn into.
This goes for…
You never know what emailing back and forth with someone can turn into. You never know who you might fall for at a dinner party. You never know a side project can become. Sometimes the best things in life are unexpected and grow from the littlest of moments.
If it feels right, go with it and see what kind journey you find yourself on.
A massive, massive thank you to everyone who comes back to this little space on the Internet to read these posts. It’s been so great getting to “know” everyone through comments and Tweets and Instagram photos (and even in person! for a handful of readers). Again, I could have never guessed the amazing people who would pop into my life, but I absolutely wouldn’t change it for the world. Y’all are the best!!!