"I think the record that first makes you an active music listener is one of the most important albums of your life. Perhaps it isn't always one of your favorite albums, but it's certainly a mile marker for a young music fanatic."
This hits the nail on the head.
Yep, I never really got into Yellowcard, but I can relate to the overall sentiment of this piece. And 2003 was an important year for me musically as well. I started listening to some punk earlier (thanks to my older sister) but I didn't really truly become obsessed until I was 12/13.