Like many other young adults, middle school for me was rough.
I was constantly trying to impress people who I thought were my friends, trying to keep up with what was "cool" and obsessing over whether or not I was "pretty."
One day after finishing my homework, like any other middle school kid in the early 2000's, I logged onto AIM. Immediately, I looked to see what friends had changed their "buddy info." A girl that I knew from school had updated hers to include lyrics from a song called, "Dear Maria, Count Me In."
After looking at the lyrics, I decided to listen to it. The song was fun, catchy and the music video was hilarious. When doing more research about the band, I learned they had an album dropping two days after my birthday.
That album was "Nothing Personal." After buying and listening to that album on repeat for probably three days straight, I knew I was hooked.
I would title this article, "A Thank You Letter To All Time Low," however, I do not think thank you really covers everything, but it's a start.
Thank you definitely would not cover the confidence you guys instilled in me. Anytime something went wrong, I would put earphones in my ear and listen to "Weightless." "Damned If I Do Ya, Damned If I Don't" was the anthem for every time I found myself falling for the wrong guy in high school. That happened a lot more than I would care to admit.
Thank you for all of the laughs. I'll never forget when I played "Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass," for my mother for the first time. She and I laughed the whole car ride home because of it, even though she expressed her concern I was listening to music with so much profanity.
Thank you for the crazy concert memories. From frantically looking in my wallet for money so I could crowd surf Jack a pizza like he asked, to the people in New Jersey constantly crowd-surfing a baby figurine to the stage, every All Time Low concert I've been to is filled with stories. (I will be adding to those memories this summer, when I see you again with Blink 182).
Thank you for being raw and honest. "Lullabies," "Therapy," "Kids in the Dark," and "Guts" have been songs I will play at life's worst moments. At the second All Time Low show I went to, Alex spoke about how we were all beautiful despite life trying to tell us otherwise.
Thank you for always being kind and awesome to your fans. You never fail to stop and sign things whenever you get the chance. The music video for "Missing You" is a testament to how much you guys truly do care. You guys are not just in this for the money — you truly are in it for the passion of music, and for the fans.
Finally, thank you for being a constant. Life is always changing and just because one thing is the same on one day doesn't mean it will be the same when you wake up the next.
As Alex once said, "Music is the soundtrack to every good and bad time we will ever have. It becomes our soundtrack."
Thanks for being my soundtrack.