Dear 17-year-old me,
How exciting it must be! You have the world at your feet, and you’re about to embark upon what some call “the best years of your life.”
I’m a huge Taylor Swift fan. From her start as an American country artist to her current status as an international pop star, I’ve been there for every stage along the way.
When I turned 21, a much-celebrated milestone in many cultures, I felt sure that I possessed the skills and maturity to effortlessly navigate life.
Though it still feels like college wasn’t that long ago, my friends and I are now all closer to 30 than we are to 20. 30 seems like a big milestone. Right now, we’re still exploring, still jumping between jobs, still trying to decide “what we want to do when we grow up.”
It wasn’t until I faced the operating table that I realized the one thing I treasured the most was a functioning, healthy body.