the middle of the decade | into my mind

another flashback for you | blogmas day 23 (a day late!!)

Earlier this month, I wrote a post about life in 2010. But a lot can happen in a decade. I am obviously very different from 2010-me, but even the person I was in 2015 might as well have been someone else. In 2015, we were given a fun look into the brain with Inside Out. In 2010, the book Mockingjay was released, but in 2015 we closed the book on The Hunger Games trilogy with the movie Mockingjay: Part 2. The story of the revolutionary album “Straight Outta Compton” was told on screen, while the Barden Bellas took the world by storm in Pitch Perfect 2.

I remember music defining a lot of my life events in 2015. I had my 18th birthday debut (details later) and my court blasted Cheerleader by OMI at every practice. We all got down with Bruno Mars in Uptown Funk and just wanted to Shut Up and Dance with WALK THE MOON. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep up with books as heavily anymore in 2015, so I’m not sure of any notable ones that came out this year.

2015 was just very big for me. Not only were we halfway through the decade, but I graduated high school and turned eighteen years old. My graduation and birthday were actually on the same day. In the Filipino culture, we celebrate our 18th birthday debut, a coming of age party equivalent to a Sweet 16 or quinceañera. It was loads of fun looking back on it.

I was accepted into and started my first semester at the University of Florida. I learned very quickly, however, that I was not prepared for life on my own at college at all. I had a great time socially, meeting new people, friends that I still have to this day. I danced for  the Filipino Student Association’s Def Talent Jam and went to watch the Gators lost to Alabama at the SEC Championship game in Atlanta. But academically, I sank. I ended up on academic probation and spent the next semester at home. I’m still working on my degree, but on my own time. I know now that’s necessary.

2015 really turned my life around. Through the Filipino Student Association (and our good friend Christian Sy), I met the love of my life, Donald. Four years later, we are happily married with two children. Who would have thought? This decade alone has been a serious roller coaster ride. I’ve learned a lot, I’ve cried, I’ve laughed. I’ve made new friends and burned bridges with others. I’ve created a family. All I can say is, bring it on, 2020.

P.S. My sister also graduated from UNC Pharmacy school in 2015, so that’s pretty cool. Check out her stuff at erinturingan.com 🙂

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