On Wednesday, I woke up and opened the Facebook app on my phone. I was presented with a screen which said ‘One Year Ago’ and the following picture from my Gap Year:
Wednesday marked exactly 365 days since I landed after my lengthy travels last year. One whole year. That’s crazy.
Reflecting on my Gap Year
Looking back and reflecting on the past year: in some ways, I can see just how much further I’ve grown and developed as a person; in other ways, I can see how I’ve almost taken a step back. Inevitably, returning back home after a prolonged amount of time, with friends and family who are most likely in the same (or similar) situation as you last left them, means you end up feeling lost. I found that I very easily slipped back into old habits; I very quickly became comfortable again; I was almost acting in the same way I had done before I left. And I didn’t like it. I longed to
break free have full independence again. I wanted to go and explore. I wanted to travel, and I wanted to see more of the world.
At the same time, I knew that I was about to start an entirely new chapter of my life. I was excited for what university would bring: new friendships and a wealth of opportunities. I’ve said before how surprised I was (or was I really?) with how university seemed to be a lot like school (again, another step back). Despite this, I definitely think that I’ve managed to cope a lot better with such an intensive environment because I took a year out. I’ve definitely utilised some of the skills I developed while away.
Where has the time gone?!
It still seems crazy to me that it’s been just over a year. I had such a crazy, whirlwind of a time during my travels – and Alice can certainly testify – and to think that time has continued to whizz by so fast scares me. University this past year has been incredible, but nothing beats travelling and feeling so free. I miss that, and I think I’ll only get that back each time I travel. It’s therefore fitting that I spent Wednesday exploring Riga in Latvia 😉
How have you changed over the past year?
Peace and love,