There are no words that can describe how incredible it feels to meet someone you have looked up to and admired for such a long time. And to think, it all started with a Vine…
When and where is Prom?;) “@_nixter: Reason #2 @kellanlutz should go to prom with @briannamaria95 https://t.co/TL5npVGlFl” — Kellan Lutz (@kellanlutz) January 7, 2015
I went through the typical awkward early teenage phase where friendships were formed and broken so often that at one point, I felt like I didn’t have any friends whatsoever. I was miserable and felt alone, and that is when I turned to television, movies, music, etc.
I eventually discovered Kellan Lutz and his kind, admirable personality. I found comfort in watching Kellan’s movies such as “A Warrior’s Heart,” “Love, Wedding, Marriage,” “The Twilight Saga” films, and so many more. Watching him transform into different characters became a healthy distraction. Kellan was a constant source of positivity and optimism in my life, and when I was fourteen years old, I told my parents that one day I would meet him.
Four years later, that dream came true.
When Kellan entered my backyard, the first words I heard come out of his mouth were, “Where is my beautiful date?” At that moment, I thought I was going to fall to my knees. KELLAN LUTZ REFERRED TO ME AS BEAUTIFUL!
Side note: I am not a touchy-feely person whatsoever, but after hugging Kellan for the first time, I had a hard time letting go.
After meeting all of my family and friends and posing for photos, Kellan and I walked arm-in-arm to our awaiting chariot – a BEAUTIFUL Bentley.
By the time we arrived at prom, all eyes were on us. I can’t blame my peers; we looked AMAZING.
I was treated like a princess the entire night: I had every door opened for me, I was escorted everywhere arm-in-arm, and I danced with my Prince Charming.
Some of my favorite moments of the night happened on the dance floor. Usually, I try to avoid the dance floor at all costs because, to be honest, I’m terrible at dancing. Kellan tried to teach me, but I primarily kept to my corny and awkward one-step move while he and my friend Jaclyn shared an incredible dance off. And though my ‘singing’ may sound more like an animal in pain, that didn’t stop me from singing along to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” with Kellan.
Slow dancing with Kellan felt so surreal. Though I profess to be a confident and independent young woman, I had suddenly spiraled back to those awkward teenage years. I often found myself breaking eye contact, not knowing what to do or where to look. I don’t know if I will ever be able to listen to “Thinking Out Loud” without blushing again.
As the best night of my life came to an end, I couldn’t help but think about the old Brianna – the little girl who was told to dream big, but not too big. The little girl whose grandmother told her, “Everyone goes through both joyous and troubling stages of life. There will be times where life is challenging and there will be times where life is enjoyable.”
Yes, I have gone through troubling times in my lifetime. I have struggled with self-confidence and I have felt as if my life would never amount to anything, but things have turned around. My grandmother was right; surviving troubling times makes enchanting life experiences so much more valuable.
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MEETING FOR THE FIRST TIME: I was going through shock while this photograph was taken; although I look well put together, I can assure you I was squealing on the inside.