So a year ago I decided to do a post called The One Year Tag (you can read it here), and when I found it the other day I just about laughed out loud at what I had written. So I reckon it’s only fitting that I write another one so that Lui in November 2019 can read this, and the other one, and have double the laughs! (Who knows, maybe Lui in 2028 will be reading this? Scary thought haha!) (P.s. to 2028 Lui, pls don’t find me cringy, I’m you lol).
A Year Ago…
A year ago I was a month out from going on exchange to Germany, and to be honest I was both unbelievably excited and a tad nervous for what lay ahead. I didn’t know how I’d cope with living with another family, being away from anyone I’d known before exchange for two months, and speaking another language! I was sitting my NCEA Level 2 exams, and was already becoming excited about making plans for life after school (big LOL from me now!). I was still working through having frequent panic attacks, and fairly prevalent bouts of anxiety, but I was going strong.
Unlike Lui of 2017’s hopes, I don’t know what I am doing next year. I have two paths I can chose (I turned down a third path, which ironically last year’s me thought I’d be for sure taking!!), and both are options I hadn’t truly considered a year ago, or at least I didn’t think they were feasible. I am about to sit my last ever school exams, and have already had my last ever school lessons (emotional times!). My brother is about to follow in my steps by going on a school trip for a month, which is so incredibly exciting! 🙂 I’ve been to three new countries (Germany, the Netherlands, Greece), and to two others I had already been to (Italy and Australia). I’ve made some solid new friends, and reunited with older ones, and kept alive friendships I’ve had throughout my high school time. Mentally I’m doing so much better, with infrequent panic attacks, and slightly more frequent but hardly prevalent bouts of anxiety. I have an amazing group of people around me, supporting me no matter what, which I think would make Lui of all years past so incredibly relieved, happy, and proud to hear. (I feel like a wee cry now haha!).
Next year I will have been to at least one new country (which I am both excited and nervous for, but I will have my best friend with me!!), and I will either be studying an amazing course, or will have returned from a couple of months travelling Europe, and preparing to study the aforementioned programme (which I will let you all know about soon!). Either way, I am so excited, and so grateful to have these options before me. I will have met a multitude of new people, and have so many more life experiences. I’ll be a freaking adult! (Possibly the scariest aspect lol!) I am so excited to see where my blog will be by then, and what I will have shared with you all 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this post, and I’d love to see your responses to this – let me know if you give it a go!!
Until next time,