A Decade Later


Sometimes I still can't believe I started blogging almost 10 years ago...

I was seventeen once? Insane. But there I am, posing awkwardly but sweetly in the thrifted outfits I put together and typing my heart out to the internet. Several romances unfolded here, and it makes me laugh out of both amusement and embarrassment to re-read it all. 

Ah, youth. 

But reading my diary-like entries, I begin to see why so many used to find their way to my blog and stay a while. It was cheerfully honest, with cringey moments bared for all to witness. It was charming. When I read my thoughts again, revisiting memories I'd set down to collect dust, I feel a twinge of...something...pulling on my heart. What is this?

10 years ago, I was just beginning my adult life, barely putting together my own thoughts and experiences from the world. Reading my sweet, genuine entries, I feel love for this girl. She is clueless but resilient. Enormously gullible but wise. Deeply indoctrinated but beginning to break free. 

And now here I am. Sitting in an apartment I share with a man I'm not married to, a believer in science and manifestation, a college dropout, half a tattoo sleeve...just scandal upon scandal! 

But enormously happy. 

I am everything younger me would be horrified to see herself become. It's funny what time can do to a person. And I wonder what I'll be like in the next 10 years. I don't know, but I'm excited to find out. 

In the decade since I first began on here, social media has changed so much. Reading those old entries reminded me of a simpler time on the internet, where metrics, engagement, and numbers didn't matter so much as the memory and actual act of sharing. I'd like to return to that. 

So here we go again. Let's see how long The Dragonfruit Diaries stays active this time. If you've been here from the beginning, thank you. This space has been filled with a lot of memories, and I'd like to keep adding to them.

xo, Linda

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