First of all, I would like to wish you all a happy new year 2018, may all your dreams come true!
I know that it is a little bit too late for that but I would like to come back to my experience of 2017.
Like a lot of people, I feel like last year has been rather chaotic. We live in a very unstable world and even though I try not to think about it, I often feel overwhelmed by everything happening around me. I don’t know if you can relate to this but even though I would love to make a change in the world I feel completely powerless. I try to reduce my impact on the environment by recycling, saving water and energy, being vegetarian, buying second handed clothes but I know that stopping the faucet while I brush my teeth or switching off the light when I leave the bathroom won’t stop the global warming.
Anyway, I saw plenty of negative posts on every social media I use so I would like to sum up the positive things that happened to me in 2017 to break with the morose mood.
First of all, I graduated from college (or high school or sixth form, depending on how you call it) with higher marks than expected. I was, of course, very pleased to discover my marks but I think that what made me the happiest was my mother’s pride. I know that it might sound dumb but just hearing my mother saying that she was (and is) proud of me made me so jubilant, as if nothing else mattered.
Then, my friends and I went on holidays not far from our hometown. We went camping in one of my friends’ garden next to the sea and even though it was not the most exotic nor “Tumblr” kind of holidays I felt so glad to share this moment with my friends, I think that it brought us closer.
Later in the summer, I launched my blog. Even though I am not as regular as I would like to be I think that this is clearly helping me with my writing skills.
Just before I left for Lancaster my friends threw a surprise party for both my birthday and my departure. I didn’t expect it and I keep such a good memory of this moment, I still think about it everytime I read the birthday card they wrote for me.
Then, I think that the most important event of my 2017 was moving in the UK. I never felt happier in my whole life, even though I went through a lot of ups and downs I never regretted this decision. I love my course, I have amazing friends and every day is an adventure. I think that I grew up as an individual and I am finally on my way to becoming an “adult”. I genuinely love my life there, for the first time I somehow feel “at home”. I also used my new life as a springboard to change my habits and I became a vegetarian. I am very satisfied with this new lifestyle and I couldn’t be happier, I feel healthier, more energized and less “guilty” about my consumption.
Finally, my return to France for the Christmas holidays gave me a great occasion to take a break and see my friends. As soon as I saw them it felt like I have never left, even though they went through changes in their personal lives our relationships remained the same as three months ago. Coming back to France made me even more excited to come back to Lancaster and I cannot wait to go on numerous adventures in 2018!
To finish, I would like to talk about my “resolutions” for this new year. I don’t like this concept because I think that we don’t have to wait for a new year to make changes in our lives, I think that we can transition and shift throughout our life regardless of the date. However, in 2018, I would like to go out less to save money to travel in the UK. So far, I have “only” seen the Lake District and Lancaster and I would like to go to other cities such as Glasgow, Edinburgh, London or Manchester. I think that studying abroad gives you an amazing opportunity to learn, travel and discover so I am going to do my best not to waste it. Also, I would like to be more serious about my work and procrastinate less but I say the same thing every year so this is definitely gonna need some effort.
Thank you very much for reading, do not hesitate to leave a comment to tell me which changes you would like to see on this blog in 2018, your opinion matters to me!