After all of the twists and turns that 2020 has put us all through it’s given me more thinking time than ever. At the end of the year it’ll be my 22nd birthday, which makes me feel rather old! But it has made me start to think about all the things I’ve done in the past 21 years and be grateful for how much I’ve been able to do.
- Went to University – If you’ve seen my last blog post you’d know that I’m going into my second year of a Business Management degree. Sometimes I forget how much of a privilege it is to be able to get an education, especially at this level. Going to Newcastle has had it’s ups and downs but I’m so glad I am here now.
- Ran a half marathon – In 2015 I ran the Great North Run whilst raising money for Alzheimers Society which is a cause very close to my heart. I managed to raise £500 and learnt that I can do a lot more than I thought I could. The feeling crossing the finish line made all of the hard work worth it.
- Went solo travelling – This time last year I headed off to London to start my European Experience Contiki trip, I knew hardly anything about the trip just that I’d be gone for 3 weeks. It was an amazing time, I made great friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
- Went Paragliding in Turkey – In July last year I went to Turkey and decided to face my fear of heights by going paragliding, the whole journey driving up the mountain was so scary with steep cliffs at both sides. It was the most exciting experience, I would recommend anyone to do it!
- Had lots of jobs – from working in offices to waitressing to selling on a market stall – some I’ve loved, others not so much but it’s taught me a lot.
- Learnt to ski – When I was 13 my dad taught me how to ski at our local dry ski slope, since then we have been on a few holidays and have a lot of memories to go with them!
- Went on the fastest zip wire in the world – This was my first attempt at getting over my fear of heights. We went to ZipWorld in Wales despite my arse being in my mouth I somehow managed to convince myself to do it and the feeling afterwards was well worth it.
- Learnt to horse ride – I got horse riding lessons as a present from my godparents when I was little, I ended up falling in love with it. I rode for 9 years and ended up loaning two horse to compete.
- Lived through a pandemic – Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’d know we’re in the middle of a pandemic right now. It’s meant that I’ve had ups and downs but I’ve been lucky enough to live with my boyfriend for 5 months which we were so grateful for!
- Learnt to drive – I come from a small village with only a few buses a day meaning that as soon as everyone turns 17 they learn to drive and thank goodness I did, I remember being so glad at the time that I finally had freedom.
- Got a tattoo – Much to my mum’s dislike when I was 19 I got a tattoo that I’d wanted since I was 13, it means a lot to me and was well worth the pain!
- Got over my fear of the gym – A few years ago I remember driving to the gym, having a panic attack in my car, turning round and heading home. It’s now turned into something that I’m learning to enjoy and not forcing myself to go and putting no pressure on it has really helped.
- Did a ballet show – When I was little I used to go to ballet and tap dance classes, at the end of each year we did a show at the Grand Opera House in York. Mum has a DVD of the show from 2008 and I was so scared on the stage that I barely moved!
- Moved out of home – Despite moving house a lot when I was younger finally moving out of home to go to uni was scary. I’d only been to Newcastle once before for the course open day. I remember being sat on my bed not even knowing where the supermarket was and being really nervous to meet my flatmates. Once the first day worries had passed I ended up having the best first year and made so many great friends!
- Worked on myself – Going to counselling was a hard thing for me to come to terms with but getting help was the best thing I ever did (special shout out to my friends for their endless support). Trauma doesn’t go away and I’m glad my friends guided me towards the help I needed.
- Went to New York for my 18th with my besties – I was lucky enough to get to go to New York with my best pals back in 2016 we did the typical touristy things, we have so many great memories from that holiday!
- Went to see lots of my favourite bands live – From Foo fighters to Fleetwood Mac to Arctic Monkeys. I keep a list on my phone of everyone I’ve seen and looking through it always fills me with so much happiness of all the times I’ve had and also gets me excited for the next.
- Went to the gardens by the bay in Singapore – Last august I went to Singapore, I’d never been before so we did all of the touristy things and it was beautiful and so well maintained.
- Went to my first festival – In 2015 I went to Leeds Festival for the first time, which from where I live is basically a right of passage. Since then I’ve been to a few different festivals, my favourite so far being Transmt in 2018.
- Went wine tasting in France – Rhone Valley, This was one I could tick off my bucket list, I went with my friends last summer we had such a good host who made it such a unique experience.
- Saw so many landmarks from the Dam Square to the Statue of Liberty to Trevi founation, I can’t pick a favourite but I’m lucky enough to have been to 22 different countries. I can’t wait till we can travel more freely again so I can add some more to my list!
This post has been so fun to write, reminiscing about old memories. It’s made me want to travel again which sadly won’t be happening for a while. I might make a bucket list post soon. Let me know if you’d be interested and what’s on your bucket list down below.