This time last year

I’ve been thinking some really deep thoughts lately. Specifically about this time last year and how things have changed.

This time last year I was forcing myself through three doomed a-level courses, I was struggling with anxiety issues and I was desperately trying to think of a career I had even the slightest interest in. My best friend had decided she was going to Australia for two years and almost everyone else I knew had applied to go to university. My head was a mess and it seemed my life was turning that way too.

Obviously things took a turn for the better.

When I regained some control over my thoughts I could regain control of my life. I’d given up almost all hope for my a-levels but I carried on regardless and I made an appointment to see the careers man at college. In the space of a month I’d gone from having no clue what career I wanted to do to landing an apprenticeship as a marketing assistant with a successful company literally a five minute walk from my front door.

Leaving college was a bittersweet time. I was saying goodbye to all of the bad feelings but also to my friends. I wasn’t close to many of them but saying goodbye to my best friend was really difficult and something I wasn’t at all prepared for. Unfortunately the friendship broke down but the memories are still clear. I got okay grades in my a-levels which was disappointing after how hard I worked, but then again my career had already started so they didn’t really matter.

There’s a point to all of this rambling on and that is that a lot can change in a year.

There’s always ups and downs but when it feels like there’s more downs than anything else it’s time to acknowledge when something needs to change. I did, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

This time next year you might not have the people around you that you once cared about the most and you might be stuck in a job you don’t care about. Or this time next year you might be with the love of your life and the happiest you’ve ever been.

We don’t know what’s coming up next so if you’re happy, cherish it. If you’re not, do something about it because most of the time no one else can but yourself.

And then maybe this time next year you’ll be looking back at how much things have changed for the better.

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