What 2016 Has Taught Me

Friday, 9 December 2016

It may be a bit of a cliche, but I think when it gets to this time of year, lots of people sit and reflect on the past 12 months. Well, I do at least. I don't do the whole 'new year, new me' thing. I personally think that if you want to 'change' something or try something new, you can do that whenever the heck you want. However, I do try and hope that, in a year's time, I will have accomplished a few things. I will write a post on that in the new year. However, for now, I am reflecting on the past year and what (if anything) I learnt from it.

Who are 'true' friends...
The main things from this year that I have noticed is that it is the quality of the friends you have are far more important than the quantity. Granted, I'm not the most sociable human being in the world, I like to be by myself a lot of the time. However, I love seeing my friends. I have a handful of people that I would class as true friends. Getting to this age, I've learned that you lose a lot of people along the way. It's to be expected, people grow and change, you may just not suit being friends anymore. I've realised that it's not a bad thing at all. The friends I have, are great ones. I know I can rely on them whenever I need to and visa versa. The only downside is one of them lives the other side of the country, which is a pain in the ass - but we make the effort none-the-less (yes Steph, that's another blog mention for you).

Nobody my age has a clue what they're doing with life...
I'm 24 (lets all feel sorry for the oldie). I've noticed the sheer panic that seems to have waved over my friends that are around this age. One thing seems clear, it's very rare for anyone to have every aspect of their life sorted by this age. There's such a pressure to prove you didn't waste your degree, or prove you didn't need to go to University, to be in a relationship or not to live with your parents anymore. I've realised it really doesn't matter, we are all in this panic boat together. I've decided, the twenties are there to feel lost in your career, be poor, be confused most of the time and drink a lot of alcohol to try and deal with it. It's a lot easier to laugh about it than beat yourself up.

I really don't care about people's negative opinions...
If anyone reading this knew me in school, they will know I was quiet, a bit of a tomboy/emo, kept to myself and made zero to no effort with my appearance. I also cared, way, too much what people think about me. I wouldn't do things that I wanted, or wear what I wanted just because someone may say something. Now however, I really couldn't give a shit. I put off starting a blog because of those who might be judgemental, but then I realised that it was absolutely ridiculous to not do something because of someone else. As long as you're not harming or causing offense to others, do what you want. Granted, there have been remarks about this blog, but considering the short period of time I have been putting time and effort into it, it is going really well. I could kick myself for not starting it sooner. I'm open to critism and feedback, but, I do not have time for blatant bitchiness. 

I'm getting old..
Okay, I'm not 'old' old. But, I'm not a teen anymore. There is going to reach a stage where I actually have to be responsible and that is not something I particularly look forward to. So, I've decided to throw caution to the wind (finance dependant) and do as many fun things as I can. I'm going to Preston this weekend, just for a night, to go out with Steph (..another mention), I've booked off time to go to Download Festival again and I've got lots of nights in and out planned. Basically, I have decided that I'm going to act young and irresponsible for as long as possible...

Some other random realisations:

- I can no longer have alcohol without dying the next day.
- I prefer a lot more healthy food options.
- I am very unfit.
- The wifi in my flat is hands down the shittest internet ever. EVER.
- I am ridiculously indecisive when it comes to hair colour.
- Avocado is not the devil food I once thought it was, it is glorious.
- I need to start looking after my skin.
- I am more domesticated than I originally thought.
- I wish I had stuck with English at University and not changed degrees as I want to write for a living... dammit.
- I need to wear my glasses more...
Finally, it's apparently completely acceptable to be disgusting about the majority of human beings on the planet.  Infact, you will be rewarded for it. (Yes, I'm talking about the new president).

Has this year taught you anything?



  1. Great post! This year taught me that I'm a young adult now and fangirling over boy bands and celebrities are not worth it. I do enjoy them, but I'm not going to dedicate months of my life 'stalking' them online. lol x

    1. Hahaha we are all guilty of having a stalk online xx

  2. this year taught me that having great health is the most important thing in the world !

    1. Definitely agree, health is the most important thing you and your family can have :) xx

  3. Number 2 and number 4 are definitely relate-able to me!

    1. We are all in the number 2 boat together! (That sounds a little weird...ha!) xx

  4. Your blog and photos are so dreamy and beautiful, I love the monochrome hues! I feel so relieved to find others in the same boat, that 20's are a time for personal growth and experimentation and it's absolutely fine to not know where you're going just yet... I just feel so far from my teens already haha! Can't wait to read more from your blog :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

    1. Thank you :) :)
      Oh yeah, I think we are all just running around, feeling old without a clue in the world! xx

  5. I was the same, putting off writing a blog because I was worried what other people might think of it, but then I decided to stop worrying about what people think! x

    1. I'm so glad I took the plunge and started writing properly! Regret not doing it sooner. xx

  6. I love this post, I too have really learnt about quality of friends over quantity. I am far happier only having a few closer friends than loads of people around me.

    1. Thanks :)
      Yea I am definitely happier with my little group of friends! Glad you are too! xx


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