New year is always about looking forward and leaving the past behind. But over the past few days I have found myself looking back at my Instagram posts. They act as a life time line for me. When I look at pictures they remind me of a certain time in my life and how I felt at that time. I have noticed how much I have grown in the past three years. I am always telling my younger cousins that once they start university, that is when they will truly learn a lot about themselves.
Nobody just has it all figured out, people grow and learn. I am still growing and learning at this very moment.
Most people are afraid of starting University because they don’t feel like they are” ready”. I remember a couple of months ago at a job interview, a girl told me that she had delayed going to University because friends and family told her that she wasn’t ready’ yet and was too ‘immature’ to go. She literally wasted years of her life doing nothing fulfilling, going from job to job all because of what someone else said. I remember thinking-what?!. You need encouragement. I am so glad that I was surrounded by supportive people. I sure as hell didn’t feel ready to move out by myself AND meet new friends.
In-fact at one point me and my friends made a deal to all apply to the same universities. Have in mind, all our courses required different UCAS points, some Universities were easier to get into for certain courses than others, Other Universities had better facilities for particular courses. But us being us-didn’t even bother to think about all the logistics. We were young kids just wanting to stay together and never separate.
I mean we had worked so hard over our childhood for this friendship. We didn’t spend every lunch time in high-school together and play out just so that we could be separated. That just seems unfair. No. that was not going to happen. We were so stubborn.
We researched universities that would have all three of our exact desired courses. We never expected it to be that hard.
I remember nearly giving up on my dream course here at Staffs just because it didn’t have my friends courses. Thank God I didn’t! I sucked it up and told my friends that I wanted out of the deal. I was soon to learn that if friendships are true friendships they WILL survive distance.
It was good for me to get out of my little bubble and mix with different people as well as learn things about myself I didn’t even know existed. I made some incredible friendships that will last a lifetime. (I will blog about how I met my closest friends another time).
What I’m trying to say is that -It’s not until you have gone through it you realize just how much you have changed. If you are about to start university be prepared to come out a different person to the one you were before. Keep pictures/diaries so that you can reflect back. It’s good to look back and reflect. It’s how we grow and learn. (Wisdom speaking here…)
Here is a personal picture time line, highlighting my growth over the past 3 years. I’ve included a brief explanation of where I was at that particular time in my life.
Of course I have many many moments, but they would all be just too much to put on here. You can look through my Instagram if you want to know more. @queeniechrystal