The end of the year is drawing ever closer, which means it’s time to look back on what the past months have brought. This is something I have no desire to do, it’s been a very tough year and I’ve spent many miserable hours dragging all of it through my memory. I have preached over and over how I can’t wait to see the back of this year, good riddance! But I think instead of closing my eyes, plugging my ears and pretending 2015 never happened, I should try and find the good things that happened and bring those into focus.
My proudest achievement of the year had to be passing my test, I live in a very isolated part of the country and always felt very stranded, never mind that I live 300 miles from most of my friends anyway. Passing my test honestly changed my life, I have so much more independence and freedom and I’ve gained unmeasurable amounts of confidence with it. I had an absolutely lovely driving instructor and a very patient boyfriend, thanks to them I got through my test first time with only two minors!
I spent a lot of time outdoors, making a real effort to enjoy my lovely surroundings and thanks to that I got to see some stunning things and enjoy so many breath taking sights. It’s felt so good to spend all that time in nature, I’m certain I’ll be doing it even more next year, I live in a beautiful part of the country.
I got to see a whole bunch of shows, Ross Noble, Lloyd Langford, Rich Hall, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Nutcracker and a few more that I’m certain I’m forgetting. This was partially to do with the fact that I started a new voluntary job at my local theatre, which is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.
My best friend got married this year to an absolutely lovely man, getting to witness their love was one of the best days of my life. She looked beautiful and so happy, it was an absolute privilege to be her maid of honour and be by her side on such an important day.
I finally got to do something I’ve always dreamed of doing, travel! I flew 5,000 miles across the world by myself, something I couldn’t have imagined doing last year. I’ve had some amazing experiences whilst I’ve been here, seen some incredible things and met some wonderful people. I’m so glad I came on this trip and I’m certain it’ll be the first of many in the coming years!
As I said earlier 2015 has been a challenging year but it’s taught me some important things. I’ve learnt just how strong I can be, I’ve learnt that I can rebuild myself and I’ve learnt how important the people in my life are and just how lucky I am to have them.
I’m wishing 2015 (a not so fond) farewell and I’m throwing my arms open ready to welcome 2016 and everything is has to bring!
P.S I also witnessed a strawberry eating squirrel this year, I thought I’d stumbled into a Beatrix Potter story.