My Bedroom at Fifteen Years Old

It is amazing how much I have changed since I was thirteen or fifteen years old, and yet when I look back on how I decorated my bedroom at that age, I still find myself admiring the memorabilia. This clutter is still valuable to me, even if it’s now tucked away in a storage box and I have no intention of decorating like this ever again. In fact, my bedroom changed quite a bit from these photos to right before I moved out for college. Alas, those updated photos are lost, which is disappointing.

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I don’t have a memory of this view. I remember a computer desk instead of a beautiful dresser. I remember a collage of Buddhist calendar pages above the desk instead of Captain Jack and Ashton Kutcher from the Butterfly Effect. I sadly don’t have the framed Morrissey posters anymore, and never ended up hanging them in my room. I don’t think those are my guitars either… Again, this doesn’t feel like my high school bedroom, but at one point, it really was.

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This is so strange! The pink heart next to Captain Jack says “Love Lost in a Hail of Gunfire” which are lyrics from a band called Bleeding Through (I don’t think I ever listened to them, but I loved the artwork and the quote). The rest of the artwork are prints or magazine clippings. Left of the vampire poster is a calligraphy piece I made in ink based on the Bleeding Through artwork (it’s made out of the letters from the quote).

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I had a hanging lantern and for some reason draped it in scarves. Tacky, yes? I slept on an ivy-themed day bed, with a framed magazine clipping of Jake Gyllenhaal right next to my face. There is also a HIM poster (a band I still listen to that owns an important piece of my heart and past). Above the large posters are prints of beautiful scenes from anime shows.

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This is where things get really cluttered and interesting. To the left is my vanity, and I pinned many letters, drawings, photos, and stickers that meant something to me around its mirror. I really went to town on and above the double-mirrored closet: from what I can remember or pick out, there is Lara Croft on the top-left. There is card from a student thanking me for giving her my extra credit points in math; I was failing the class anyway, and she earned an A+ from my points. Under the Kingdom Hearts magazine clipping is a caricature of my brother and me. A magazine clipping of Garrett from the video game Thief is underneath that. Everything else on that panel is a little unclear to me. On the right-hand panel, top-right, is a black-and-white photo of two friends I met online. Underneath that, there is a school newspaper article written about me and my first novel. Above the mirror are prints of friends I loved; the side of the mirror is more drawings and newspaper clippings and my concert tickets.

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Dang… look at all of this stuff! The pink poster is of photographs taken my freshman year of high school. Underneath that is a half white board-half bulletin board; a few of my favorite quotes are written on the white board and photos from eighth grade are pinned to the bulletin board. My online friend from the black-and-white print made me the bandanna, and the two newspaper clippings are from my high school newspaper. I created the door collage when I was in seven grade, so don’t judge me too hard on the teeny-bopper magazine clippings. Also, that bright red thing draped over my end-table is a dyed deer hide from my grandfather who is 1/8th Blackfoot Native American.

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