Defining Firsts.

According to merriam-webster.com, the word ‘first’ is classified as an adjective, adverb, noun, and even a pronoun. Depending on how it is used, the ‘first’ can be used to imply different things. But when we hear or see it, the first things that come to mind are specific moments or events in our life. As we grow older, we are able to look back on our never-ending lists of firsts; like the first time riding an airplane, the first time getting paid, the first time falling in love.

We often associate the word ‘first’ with a joyous occasion, something that brought out a reason for celebration. And that is true. Why should we be prohibited from celebrating our first semester in college? Or even the first time we successfully drove home- by ourselves! These are the moments that we hold dear to our heart, the moments that when recalled bring a smile to our face.

But as with every good, there is something on the opposite end of the spectrum, the undeniably bad. Of course, these ‘firsts’ are hidden deep underneath our skin and leave us hoping that they will never again see the light of day; like the first time breaking up, the first time someone we loved passed away, or even the first time we thought we were not good enough. These, and many more, remain engraved in our hearts and causes our eyes to become slightly moist at the very thought.

There are undoubtedly many good ‘firsts’, but there is also an equal amount of bad. It is important, however, to remember that we as human beings are a culmination of firsts- both good and not so good. And that is okay. Because in retrospect, we may have a ‘second’, maybe a ‘third’, or even a ‘fourth’. But we will always have our ‘first time’ as a guideline, a standard that we can continuously improve on. The first anything is a gateway to something bigger- and all we need to do is remember that.

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