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Ahead of Time

by Anne Blackwood (United States)

August 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.

#Childhood          #Friendship          #Memory

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12/3/22, 12:37 AM

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11/19/22, 9:15 AM

This is a masterpiece.... Well done


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10/12/22, 1:54 AM

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10/12/22, 1:48 AM

Brilliant and educative in all aspects!


10/12/22, 1:43 AM

Everything about this piece has perfectly collided with the perfect words. Teen years are special and form a concrete part of a person's life. Glad I read this now. It's a beautiful piece.


9/29/22, 4:40 PM

Lovely piece!

Tom Lofft

9/24/22, 2:13 PM

Was this inspired by flights over Iceland?


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