“Some folks arrive into our lives and depart footprints on our hearts and we are in no way ever the very same.”
This is something I’ve realised more often recently. There are people who I have known for years and years and they have inevitably changed me and my life and equally, there are people who I haven’t know for quite as long but they have changed me and my perspectives and feelings nontheless.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the harbour. Catch the winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.”
In 20 years time, I’ll be 40 years old. Scary. Better heed Mr Twain’s advice sooner than later!
“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.”
In September this year, I head off to France for 9 months to study at the Université Catholique de L’Ouest in Angers. It is going to be an amazing opportunity for me; I should come back fluent in French and equipped with many life skills. But. I’m going to admit here that I am absolutely terrified. I have always been a girl who loves home, comfort and especially the people who make my surroundings the home I consider it to be. Moving away from everybody is going to be a massive step for me but I take comfort in knowing that France is a hop, skip and a jump over the channel and also in that I have obliged all of my loved ones to visit me haha! I think I take a bit of solace in this quote too; knowing that I can take these things and people along with me, no matter how far, because distance does not affect bonds and relationships. (*cringes a little at soppiness*)
“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”
William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice
This post is just in acknowledgement of all the people who have made me smile and laugh over the past year – my sisters who never fail to reduce me to acting about 7 years old; my family because, you know, they are funny sometimes (joking, you all make me smile); my friends who make me laugh whether it be through a one liner, something inappropriate or purely through funny conversation and all my housemates, who are named the ‘Blenheim Zoo’ for hilarious reasons that I can’t even begin to explain. It’s the people in your life who give you something worth smiling and laughing about.
“Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world.”
The latter part of this quotes is a truth I have only recently properly realised. When we aren’t arguing or going out of our ways to annoy each other, your sisters will fight your corner no matter what.
“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centred;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Be successful anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The ‘good’ you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do ‘good’ anyway.
Give the world the best you have, it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see in the final analysis, it’s between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.”
I can’t believe I’ve been alive and on this planet for two whole decades. In my mind I’m still just a little child, not the grown up the rest of the world perceives me to be. This quote is one that my Dad (being the soppy person he is) put inside in birthday card on my 18th birthday. I think that whether you believe in God or not the rest of what it written stands true. It is difficult to be this way and to be able to be so level in spite of what others may think or do, but it’s probably a good outlook to have on life. Here’s to my next 20 years (as long as no one mentions the big four-oh).
“Some day soon we all will be together, if the fates allow.”
Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Sending you Christmas wishes from Tobago! This is one of my favourite Christmas songs and I can’t wait to be together with my lovely friends and family again. Lots of love to them xxx