“All good things must come to an end.”
Before I had the chance to graduate college and move on from my childhood, I was forced to tuck away my entire adolescent life. The Jonas Brothers were my world. From 2006 until the heart-wrenching break-up in October 2013, my heart and soul were thrown into this band.
Before you can make fun of me for obsessing over a boy band, I would like to point out that the difference between 2008 and 2013 (both above) says a lot. Despite my sick obsession with a band of brothers, I grew up. I grew out of the Jonas-infested walls (I literally had my entire half of the room covered); I grew out of the handmade T-shirts; I grew out of the Jonas-related screennames (that’s also entirely due to the fact that AIM was no longer relevant but that’s besides the point). I grew with the Jonas Brothers. I didn’t just wake up one morning, change my screenname and tear all the photos down. It was such a gradual process that, despite the slow pace, I was still caught by surprise when they broke up.
Same goes for college. Sure, some do a “victory lap” (an extra year of school), but I knew I was in line to graduate on time. Most students know when it’s coming to an end, but that doesn’t ease the blow. In one instant, when you’re handed your diploma, it’s over. Your adolescent life ends as quickly as the Jonas Brothers broke up.
So what did their break-up teach me? Everything comes to an end. Good, bad, fun, boring. It all ends at one point or another. Force yourself to make the most of every situation. Their band broke up just as I joined a sorority to make the most out of college. Their band broke up just as I was shedding my “friends” and fine-tuning my true friendships. Their band broke up just as I was accepting the fact that my fantasy world would soon be a distant memory.
It sounds silly that a band of brothers taught me to make the most out of my life, I admit. However, I have the best memories thanks to the Jonas Brothers: concerts, meet & greets, NYC camp-outs, friendships, and more. I am happy to say that I continue to savor the moments, no matter how small, to ensure I have great stories to share with my children. Thank you, Jonas Brothers, for growing up with me, getting me through college, and giving me lasting memories and lessons to share with my children some day.