10 People Who Were Definitely On Your AIM Buddy List

10 People Who Were Definitely On Your AIM Buddy List

"The girl who was oddly obsessed with beaches even though you lived inland."
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AIM was the best way to contact your friends back in middle school. As soon as you got back from a tough day of learning pre-algebra, nothing was more satisfying than sitting down at your desktop computer, opening AIM and hearing the door creak open as all your best friends became available to chat. But what did the username you chose say about you?

1. The animal lover

Ex: horseluver227, puppyluv99, xxKittyCatGirlxx

Whether domestic or farm, if you loved a certain animal it was definitely mentioned in your AIM username. Because your friends probably didn't know how much you loved animals already based on the 7 horse folders and horse backpack you carried around school.

2. The athlete

Ex: footballguy88, batnballgirl2213s (mine), soccernumber4

Its not like you frequently talked to people you didn't know. Everyone you talked to probably knew you played sports. But, that did not stop us from reminding our friends with every message that we played these sports. Because, you know, in middle school sports are taken very seriously.

3. The flirty girl

Ex: xoxoMiiiikaylaxoxo, KatieLovesYoux0x0, emiilyyXx

Lots of X's, lots of double letters and maybe your "xoxo"s were made of 0s. These were the girls who got to talk to the cool athlete boys even when your username CLEARLY stated you also played sports. Those double lettered hoes always got the man.

4. The movie/TV show obsessed person

Ex: TwilightLuvEdward, starwarzluvr99, ilovehannahmontana22

Because as we have learned, if you love something and it doesn't make your AIM username, did you really love it?

5. The jokester

Ex: JACKofalltradez21, MARYhadalilLamb

Making a pun with your name certainly meant that you were the class clown. If you were a jokester but couldn't make a name pun, sucks for you.

6. The person who was oddly obsessed with beaches even though they lived inland

Ex: beachbabyyyxoxo, bikinibabe25, beachlooover29

Because being surrounded on all sides by land and never seeing a beach with your own two eyes did not stop you from making it the core of who you were on AIM.

7. The boring person

Ex: JessicaSmith24, Annie32Jones, LilyElizabeth44

Maybe your love for animals, sports or beaches just didn't beat out using, you know, your name. But just know we all thought you were lame.

8. The obsessed-with-your-significant-other

Ex: ilovebraddxoxo, mikesbabe33, megansdude4411

There weren't many of these people, but they were there. They are most likely the people who's text signature was the date they started dating their significant other. This too-close couple were often spotted making out during lunch even though you were all 12.

9. The one who was oddly mature for being a 6th grader

Ex: sexylexi27, catherinehottiexoxoo, lildevil6

There's just something about being a 12-year-old and calling yourself sexy. Didn't your moms check your AIM conversations to make sure they were appropriate?

10. The generic personality trait

Ex: Bubbly77, funluvr88, sillygirl79172

Because why leave it to your school pals to find out that you are a fun-lover or that you're bubbly when you can save them the trouble and just make it your username.

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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