28th September. Exactly 1 year since I left England. 365 days.
This year has been so quick, it’s been crazy. I have done so much, so I thought I would just tell you about some of my highlights. Not only have my experiences been incredible, but I have also learnt so much about myself over this past year. So for this blog post I have created my 5 highlights of the year, and 5 things that I have learnt about myself.
- Meeting some of the most amazing people. The amount of people that I have met in this past of year is huge, and they have really helped make this year amazing.
- Zorbing in New Zealand. This is a memory that is filled with belly ache laughter. Who knew rolling down the side of a volcano in a giant inflatable ball with your best friend could be so entertaining.
- Cage Diving in South Africa. This is something that I have wanted to do for a very long time, ever since I wanted to be a marine biologist when I was about 11, and so it was such an amazing feeling to have finally done it. The sharks were pretty cool too!
- Cycling through the rice fields and tiny villages in Bali. One of my favourite days ever. This was just the most relaxing day, and the perfect way to see parts of Bali that otherwise you wouldn’t. It was spent with my family, and I loved every second of it.
- And lastly, Bungee Jumping in South Africa. What was that about?! hah I never thought I would do that, and still don’t believe I actually did! I can safely say, I won’t be jumping off any bridges any time soon. (you can watch the video here)
What I have learnt about myself
- I love being financially independent. I never knew that it could feel so good to earn your own money and be completely in charge of what you’re spending it on. It’s also such a good feeling to enjoy the idea of saving as well and the knowledge that I have backup funds, just in case.
- My sleeping pattern is still rubbish. I still haven’t learnt that going to bed late when you need to be up early is not a good idea.
- I am so capable. You never realise what your capabilities are in terms of ‘adulting’ when you’re still at school and living with your parents, and it is such a good feeling to know that you can actually do things by yourself.
- I’m really happy doing what I am doing. People may have had certain expectations of me, or assumed that I was going to take a particular path, uni for example, but I am incredibly happy doing what I am doing at the moment, and to me that is the most important thing.
- I am eternally grateful for my parents. They are my biggest fans, my greatest supporters and I have definitely hit the jackpot with them. I wouldn’t be half the person I am today without them.
I can’t wait to see what this next year brings me!