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Ahead of Time

by Anne Blackwood (United States)

July 2022

Write the World Review

Audio: "Ahead of Time," read by Eliza Fichter

Chaos rides in the back of the bus. I choose a seat near the front and create my own bubble of insanity; a controlled experiment. Chaos, but quieter. Chaos, but mine.

We spill our way out of doors. Released into the crowd like so many raindrops sliding across a window before disappearing into the storm. Barely-supervised teenagers flinging themselves into memories we’ll soon regret.

I make a joke to my friend. She laughs harder than I understand. Later, she tells me a strange boy added his own punch line as we walked by. I don’t know his face. He is my soulmate.

Someone dyes my hair purple. It will wash out tonight, but for the moment, sprayed-on color is how I pretend that I am cool.

I am not cool. But I am happy, and I am surrounded by people who love me. We walk around, eyes afraid of closing; afraid of missing a single second of freedom.

I don’t think it all over until days later. The pictures refuse to line up in my head. Instead, they all bubble up with an incredible disregard for order; they are popcorn exploding into my mind; they are teenagers exploding into life.

There is nothing profound about any of this. There is everything beautiful about all of this.

Perhaps I’ve left out a few details; kicked bitter happenings underneath the fridge. But these are the teenage years, the ones that belong to momentary euphoria and tall tales around a campfire.

Why not romanticize them ahead of time?

Anne Blackwood, 17, was born and raised in northern California in the US. She is passionate about romanticizing one's life. No matter how seemingly insignificant a moment is, there is almost always some beauty to be found. “Ahead of Time” is a depiction of a youth conference and a commentary on the idea of romanticization.

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8/9/22, 5:01 PM

It was very wholesome🥰🥰

Zainab Aliahmed

8/8/22, 5:11 PM

Amazing 😀


7/28/22, 4:37 PM

Really wonderful piece here.

7/11/22, 1:28 PM


7/8/22, 8:00 AM

Wow. These words hit hard for me, as I has the same experience recently. I really love how you described the feelings and the ending was really amazing. This helped me a lot. Just wow.
I hope you keep on writing.


6/26/22, 1:46 PM

Wow you are so talented! I relate this a lot to my paternal grandfather who passed away two years ago and is very similar to yours. Sometimes family can judge you but I agree you should learn to live in the present and be happy with out having a fancy job/being married. Keep up the great work!

Ediomo Bright

6/22/22, 8:15 PM

You've done a wonderful job here.
Your intricate descriptions of the race and the emotions conferred by it is excellent.
Thank you!

6/22/22, 8:13 PM

Ediomo Bright

6/22/22, 8:09 PM

You've done a beautiful work here.
The flow of the story, the gripping emotions it enthralls the reader with, it's very wonderful.
Thank you for this.


6/18/22, 6:08 AM

This write-up is absolutely amazing. It made me realize why I am who I am, and I could also relate a lot. Hope you never stop writing, and I hope to read a full-length book from you soon!<3


6/17/22, 2:50 AM

It was so good to read..i really liked the description the storyline ,the plot ,everything 👍


6/7/22, 3:25 PM

This piece is a beautiful reminder of how ugly teenage years can be. It's real and it hurts but it's so good. Please never stop writing!