29th November 2013

“A star falls from the sky and into your hands. Then it seeps through your veins and swims inside your blood and becomes every part of you. And then you have to put it back into the sky. And it’s the most painful thing you’ll ever have to do and that you’ve ever done. But what’s yours is yours. Whether it’s up in the sky or here in your hands. And one day, it’ll fall from the sky and hit you in the head real hard and that time, you won’t have to put it back in the sky again.”

C JoyBell C

17th October 2013

“There are certain mortal moments and minutes that matter. Certain hingepoints in the history of each human. Some seconds are so decisive they shrink the soul, while others are spent, so as to stretch the soul.” 

Neal A Maxwell

So, it has been a while since I have posted and for this I can only apologise. Life in France has left me with little time for thinking, but today I was walking home from university and realised just how lucky I am to be given such a great opportunity to spend part of my life living in a totally new, foreign place. In the lead up to my year abroad, things were not always so smooth, but I don’t think I’d have had it any other way – I have learned so much from those experiences already. Even in the short time I have been here, I feel like I have changed already, become more self aware, readier to face challenges but more sensitive to different people, and I can tell already that this year will be a big marker in my life. I think this quote also applies when it comes to the luck/ chance/ fate (call it what you will) of finding these opportunities, having certain experiences and meeting certain people. I know I’ve been incredibly lucky to have met some people who are now very important to me and I’d definitely call those moments “hingepoints” in my life.

2nd September 2013

“There is always a sadness about packing. I guess you wonder if where you’re going is as good as where you’ve been.” 

Richard Proenneke

 

I have neglected this blog a little recently, but life got rather busy and there has been a lot to process! I came across this the other day and I think it described very well what I felt while I was packing to move away. I have learnt that I am a very nostalgic and sentimental person (not entirely sure if its a good thing but ah well!) But nevertheless, I have moved and have had a few days to settle and while I still feel like I’m in holiday mode, I am feeling quite content.

28th August 2013

 “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” 

Lao Tzu

I think I am going to need to keep reminding myself of this over the coming days and weeks. Today marks one of the biggest changes in my life so far – my move to France for the year- and I hope that I have enough courage in me to adapt to and welcome the change. Wish me luck!

23rd August 2013

“Some folks arrive into our lives and depart footprints on our hearts and we are in no way ever the very same.”

 Flavia Weedn

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.

17th August 2013

“Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes it’s built on catastrophe.”

Sumner Redstone

More often than not I think that success only feels like true success when you’ve worked for it, when you’ve been through hell for it and especially when it hasn’t come easily. This year’s results season – both at my university and for those taking a-levels- reminded me of this quote. I know certainly for me, success feels even better knowing that I really worked for it. For other people, who were not quite as successful as they’d hoped, that could be a foundation to build upon.