I received my bracelet while visiting a high school friend on spring break. On spring break, I went to Colorado to visit my sister at school and go skiing. When I arrived, I also got the chance to go visit my high school friend Amy, and the unplanned pleasure of getting to meet Caitlyn. Caitlyn and I met while visiting my high school friend. We were sitting in a car, watching gophers run around the fence in front of us. There was no reason this should have been amusing besides the intoxication, but it was so much fun.
While Caitlyn and I were watching the gopher, I admired her bracelet and started to ask her about it. This is where the rest are probably caught up now. After some conversation, she delegated me as the next bracelet wearer. This was a huge honor, even though it was “just a bracelet,” but what this meant to me was a little different. Caitlyn, I loved meeting you. You are the type of person I wish I could be geologically closer to. I wish we could hangout and get to know each other. Our brief time together is too short to start that sort of thing, but it was long enough to make a new connection in the world and I appreciate it ever time I look at the number 2435.
My story begins here. My name is Rylie K. and I am currently a 21-year-old college student from Minnesota, USA. I am in my senior year of university, and will graduate in the spring of 2019. So much has changed for me, even since I got the bracelet, that I am not sure the story I want to be telling. I always wanted to do medicine as a career, to be a doctor, but that’s changed. I am now an aspiring PhD candidate and would like to do scientific research for the rest of my life; maybe I could teach. It makes me excited to see what I will accomplish on this career path, and who else that will get this bracelet is inspired to pursue their passion.
2018 was a strange year with lives lost lessons learned, and a flux of people in and out of my life. One of the greatest lessons I learned was said by one of my best friends, “Rylie, you should keep quarters over pennies”. He went on to tell me that a quarter is worth more than a penny, duh, and how the penny is almost worthless to the government these days. The way you look at people in your life, can also be described this way. It is always good to save every penny, make sure you don’t waste it, but quarters are much more valuable. It is better to have 4 quarters, than it is to have 4 pennies. For people, you want to be surrounded by those who support you, those who lift you up, those who makes life worth more. Quarters are worth more than pennies, so are the people who support you, care for you, and love you for every aspect of you. The pennies put you down, talk behind your back, ditch you. These people are not worth crying over, or being sad you lost. These people are meant to come in and out of your life, such as a penny does. Quarters are more value. Keep your quarter people close, and “spend” your pennies elsewhere.
I cannot wait to see where this bracelet goes, as I am headed to Europe for the beginning of 2019, and I cannot wait to find more quarters in my life on this trip. Caitlyn, I hope you are doing amazing. I hope you are liking school, and if school is no longer in the picture I hope you are doing something to reach those dreams of yours or even just makes you happy. I wish everyone who comes across this bracelet the best life. Keep your heads high during the tough times, and always look back here if you think there isn’t a community for you.