The year that many people would like to forget! Either politically or personally. However for me, the year of change is one I shall not forget; some highs some lows constantly throughout the year, but there were some exceptional memories to keep. Which is why I thought why not do a look back on the year and make some
personal public resolutions post for you guys to see how my year played out and what I plan to do in my future.
Firstly I’d wish you all a happy new year, and hope your resolution keeping is going well. I usually make my resolutions on the 1st January to then start on the 2nd, simply because I believe that way I am more likely to follow it through and complete it (in some cases this is true; but I will make my 2017 ones last, I promise.)
My 2016 started off on a rough note, I lost my nan 2 months prior, we moved further into the countryside 4 days before Christmas so January was trying to settle into the new place, I absolutely hated it, the fact I was so far away from friends/ family, people I knew in my hometown, and just the fact there was no shops or transport links to go anywhere (as I didn’t learn to drive I relied on transport) it was a complete cultural change, despite this I still had to travel into the city (Belfast) to complete my A Levels. I spent approximately 2 hours a day travelling to school, it was exhausting & I lost some ‘friends’ because I couldn’t socialise as much as before the move. I had some pretty low times over the year from wanting to drop out of school and not complete the rest of my studies to going to therapy for mental health reasons. I spent more time worrying about what other people thought of me; did they think I was the weird kid? Was I the weird kid?! Without realising I had become an introvert; I became so concerned with made up thoughts in my head which was stressing me out, I became ill over it. All just spiralled out of control.
‘Magic’ month May had changed my views, I had always been an environmentalist and animal lover but I still done things which was harming the world we live in, I then came across a documentary called Cowspiracy, it had opened my eyes to the alarming truth of animal agricultural, made me think why are we still harming the environment in such a way & killing so many creatures, all for food yet 80% of the world is still starving. These helped me realise that I had to change, if I wanted to make a difference in the world I had to stand up and voice my opinions, face the challenges head on and become who I am supposed to be. On 2nd May I became known as that annoying Vegan. Doing something meaningful, even in little ways helps.
I completed my A Levels🎉, I passed with BCC. Considering the personal struggle I went through I was lucky to have even finished school. I didn’t even consider applying to University I decided to take a Gap Year, to relax get my head together ready for going in 2017. The best decision I made I learnt that what I wanted to do in A2 wasn’t me and now I’ve applied for the right course, something I will enjoy. Also during my break from studying I started to read more books, learn a new language (which is German) Guten Tag! learn to drive and just enjoy life.
Taking on a more spiritual path learning a new way of life. Meditating, doing yoga, reading just doing things I would have never previously done before. It has all changed how I view the world and myself. A spiritual vegan learning to drive and moving to a different country in 8 months time. It was one rollercoaster of a year.
This post about my personal journey is probably just one of them stories to you, but I did write it to show people that there is hope, no matter what the situation is, I hope you find some of it helpful and always do what you believe is right for you, and only you.