Friday, 16 December 2016

What I learnt in 2016

2016 has been a strange year, it's been one of those years that I have watched so many horrible things happen to the people I love and to the world, yet personally, this year has overall been a good one. Of course I was challenged (A LOT) but I have also grown a lot, learnt a lot and had some amazing opportunities. So I want to take the time to talk through the things that I have learnt within the last 365 days that are 2016.

  • Happiness comes in the simplest of moments. Happiness comes when watching a sunset on a beach with my best friend or on hay barrels with my brother. Happiness comes from feeling the wind in my hair and the sun on my skin as I sail around Lake Garda. Happiness is being in the arms of a loved one. Happiness comes from laughing like a child, feeling my soul connect to music, and meaningful conversations with like minded people.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • People leave and places change. I am currently in a very temporary stage of my life, the places I call home are only for a year. The friends I have made and continue to make are constantly changing because people are living their lives and I am living mine. This year I can no longer call a friend with whom we shared 7 years of friendship with for no reason, but, they are not a bad person, it is simply that their chapter in my story has come to an end.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Have faith. I am a strong believer that everything happens for a reason and I have learnt to have faith this year. The bad things happen because I have lessons to learn, and every lesson learnt is an opportunity to grow.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Life is short. This summer a dear friend of mine was a in a serious car accident which put her in a coma. When she awoke she had lost her ability to communicate, her mobility, and some of her memory. This made me realise how fragile life is and if I want to say something than I should just say it, if i want to see someone, I should just do it. But likewise, life is too short to be spending it with bad company or doing things I don't want to do.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  •  Work hard and never give up. No one ever achieved anything sitting on a sofa. So I get up at 6am to be able to enrich my knowledge in my degree subjects, I give back to the community and  to fellow students, I have open conversations about mental health to reduce the stigma, I go to work and give it my all and I continue to try my very best.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • I am capable of much more than I think I am. This year I overcome many of my fears put in place by anxiety. I travelled to London and took an underground train for the first alone, I travelled to Italy for a month as an au pair on my own, I got a first in the first year of my degree and I got the job of my student dreams.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  • Nothing lasts. The bad moments will pass to make way for happier ones so breathe through them. The good moments will also pass and not last and instead be replaced by horrible moments. So treasure the good times and breathe and remain strong through the tough ones. 

I am unsure as to what the next year holds for me but I hope to have the strength to face any challenges put in my way and the ability to remain grateful for the opportunities thrown my way. I hope that 2016 was a good year for you and if not then this is your opportunity to begin afresh. A new 365 page book is about to start and how you fill in those blank pages are up to you. Not everyday will be easy but you can still attempt to take some positives from those pages, and remember your worst and best days consist of 24 hours, it will pass. 

See you all in 2017 for more blogging and more talk surrounding mental health. 


  1. Very peaceful and reflective post. Not sure how, but I feel more...positive having read this. Thank you xx

  2. I love that you reflect, I think its so important. You're doing great - you have gained a new follower. Feeling positive for the new year. Mindfump.

    1. Thank you so much for this comment and for the follow :)