It’s reaching that time. One of the most significant milestones of my 22 years, 30th September 2017. It will have been an entire year since I made “one giant leap for mankind“…
Okay, not quite. But it will mark the day I made a giant leap for myself.
One of the hardest decisions I have ever made was to ‘fly the nest’, emerge from my comfort zone and travel to the complete opposite side of the world.
At the beginning, I admit, I was like a naive child enthusiastically describing what they wanted to be when they grew up. The whole time my parents were being the typical ‘parent’ and although supportive, would throw in a few of those who, what, where, when, why and hows. Who are you going with? What will you do for work? When will you be home? How are you going to fund it? No matter what the question, I would have an answer.
Truthfully, I wasn’t sure of anything. The hardest question for me to answer however, was why? Why do I want to leave home, family, friends? Personally, I don’t think I could have ever answered that before, because I never really knew. I just knew I had to leave some things behind and do something different.
I can now comfortably answer that question;
For the people.
I have made some of the most meaningful relationships while being away. Guaranteed some of the connections will dwindle but the moments that were shared will always be ones I keep close. Then there are those other connections you make. You know, those connections that completely spark from the very beginning and just continue to grow. It honestly is unbelievable – the bonds you can make with individuals on the other side of the world – people from completely different backgrounds and nationalities, on their own journeys, and how close you can become. Then when you’re thrown into situations where you are living together and they are the first people you see when you wake up and the last when you go to sleep, you do become a family.
As I have said before, some of the places I have had the opportunity to visit have been truly amazing. Whether it’s a month long trip around the Philippines or a two day escape to ‘Straddie’, each moment has left equally lasting impressions.
The year has undeniably been one unlike any other. I cannot begin to explain how grateful I am for everything I have experienced and it has helped me grow in so many ways. They are moments I will remember forever.
“Sometimes you don’t realise the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
– Dr Seuss.