STAGE OF LIFE       Share Your Story       Coupons       Education Resources
Sign Up Now!

My Song: "All Signs Point to Lauderdale" by A Day to Remember Points Me on My Journey

Joined: 4/27/2012
Posts: 2
“I hate this town, it’s so washed up … they tell me that it’s just bad luck. When will I find where I fit in?” I was going through tracks on a CD my friend had burned me two years ago. Before I knew it I was listening to low bass sounds and electric guitar chords. Then I heard these words, “I hate this town, it’s so washed up … when will I find where I fit in?” I heard, for the first time, a song that spoke to me. First it was the words, and then the strums of the guitars. It was all merging together perfectly. I could hear the echo of the words, so many memories playing back in my head. “I never know things to say to you, to help me prove that I’m still on your side.” I didn’t know what to say to my parents. Lately everything they were saying was making me so angry. Maybe it was because I was ignorant; maybe it was because I was an emotional teenage girl. I don’t know. It was everything: school, friends, the drama, the pressure, and it was all bubbling up inside me. I would walk through the school halls silent and come home to unleash the anger and frustration on my parents. We yelled, screamed, and then I would run, they would hear the slam of my door. “I hate this town it’s so washed up … When will I find where I fit in?”
“I just can’t be tied down. Nothing comes between me and my plans.” Why didn’t they get it? No one did, not my parents, my friends, no one understood. It’s not that I don’t like school or home, it’s just that I’m ready to leave, leave them all, not in the dust, but just for a little while, enough to feel free. I remember the day I came home from camp. It had been eight days of freedom. I wasn’t wild, but I liked making my own decisions, being around different people, change. When I got home that day it was like it had been before: parents, rules, drama, life’s complications surrounding me. I yelled, cried, got into another fight with my mom, not because I didn’t love her, but didn’t she get that I missed the freedom? The thrill of being in charge of myself was gone. My bedroom door slammed shut yet again. “I hate this town, it’s so washed up … When will I find where I fit in?” Through everything, the ups and downs, “All Signs Point to Lauderdale” is always there. I can be anything, anyone. It’s okay to make mistakes, and it’s okay to be unhappy. “I can’t live my life always backing down … At least I can say I stand for something … and don’t believe a word they’re telling to you.” One day I’ll find where I fit in. I’ll keep searching as long as all signs point to Lauderdale.
Rate this:

About StageofLife.comAbout Us: is a free blogging and writing community for high school students that allows teens the opportunity to share their personal stories and essays in an online life journal via their free Stage of Life account.  Check out our national Teen Trend Reports, and make sure to explore the writing contests for high school students, inspirational videos for teens, statistics about students, quotes about high school, and other resources about High School here on  Register to start your free writing profile, share an essay about your life, and help us change the world, one story at a time.  If you are a teacher - review our Language Arts Teaching Resources.

Writing Contest Archive - Students

Writing Contests and Teen Trend Reports Student Writing Contests

Below you will find all of the monthly writing contests and teen trend reports from the last five years hosted by  Our dedication to digital literacy efforts have reached over 1,000,000 students and teachers in the last half decade, received mention on, and features in the news.  Feel free to click through and read the top essay submissions from any given month. is honored to be one of the most-visited writing contests for students in the world.  We love working with you as we celebrate the journey as life-long readers and writers...

2016 Writing Contests

Writing Contest for High School Students

2015 Writing Contests

2014 Writing Contests

 2013 Writing Contests

2012 Writing Contests

2011 Writing Contests

 2010 Writing Contests

Stage of Life Mission Statement

Find Us on Facebook      Follow Us on Twitter     Read our Founder's Blog was launched in 2009 as the premier destination for people of all ages to find information, coupons, and stories about one of ten key stage of life transitions:  high school, college, on my own, wedding, married without children, having a baby, home ownership, parenting, grand parenting, and empty nest/retirement.  Nearly 1 million visitors come to the site each year to find information about their stage of life.  Stage of Life users (teens, college students, Millennials, Gen Y, Gen X, and Baby Boomers) can also share and archive their life stories via their Stage of Life profile page.  Specialized content includes statistics, quotes, videos, financial tips, coupons, news, writing contests, and more tailored to each of the 10 life stages featured.  My Life Rewards® is the free discount program for all Stage of Life users, readers and writers dedicated to providing printable coupons and coupon codes tailored towards each stage of life.

Terms of Service and Privacy