So in 10 days time, I will enter a new decade of my life. Holy crap – how did that happen? Now that I’ve handed in my final assignment for the year (barring a report on the Erasmus programme, but that’s not being marked!) and now I finally have some time to stop, think and catch my breath. Who knew that this wee lassie who dreamed of being a school teacher, ballerina and author (yep – I was ambitious)
would turn into the much bigger lassie who is back at university for a second time?
I’m really pleased that I have achieved a lot of things – some of which I never even dreamed of – in the last 30 years. I stood up to my teachers and refused to study Maths and entered university a year early despite them telling me doing such a thing would be a disaster (they were wrong). I got to dance on stage. I got to be in a Gilbert & Sullivan musical. I got a university degree. I went travelling around Europe with my friends. I have seen the sun rise and set over the Sahara Desert. I have been to the top of the Empire State Building and found the Alice in Wonderland Statues in Central Park. I’ve read great books. I have watched great films. I have had fun doing backing vocals in my years on church worship teams and at the Powerpoint youth event. I’ve been a bridesmaid and I am a godmother. I’ve surfed. I’ve hugged a koala. I’ve been on a train on the bridge/viaduct at Glenfinnan. I have cartwheeled (sorta) on many beaches and I’ve made great friends. I’ve even raised £100s for charity by bouncing on a spacehopper. I think my only regrets were not being able to continue with playing the cello and giving up dancing at 16. I wish I’d continued on with it during my final year at high school.
There are lots of things I’m looking forward to doing this year…to name a few
1. participating in Colour Me Rad for the Make-A-Wish Foundation
2. Going to visit my friend in Paris
3. Going to see gymnastics events at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
There’s also a ton of stuff I’d love to do as well…for instance…
I’ve discovered the University language centre! Going on Erasmus has really made me want to go back to my love of languages and try and learn to communicate in other languages. I feel so ashamed that so many people learn English and I can only speak my mother tongue. I’ve taken out a learn French pack to try out, and I’ve noticed there is a Spanish one too.
I’m going to try running. I’ve downloaded the ‘Couch to 5k’ and we’ll see how I go. I’m well aware my knee and foot are a bit screwed up so I’m not going to push myself too much!
Doing more of the touristy things in Edinburgh! I’m hoping to get a membership to Edinburgh Zoo so I can just go pop in whenever I want.
Seeing more indie films at the independent cinemas. I may even try going to the cinema alone.
Saving up my money to do fun things with it – whether it be to give it away, go travelling or get another car as I really do struggle not having the freedom to drive to see friends who don’t live on my bus route or just to be able to drive out the city to go out for the day or weekend.
Researching my family history. I’ve been able to track my Nana’s lineage and thanks to my Uncle my Granny and Grandpa too. There are other things I’d like to find out, and my Grandad’s lineage is a total mystery to me. A trip to the Scotland’s People centre it will be.
I’ll see how we go, but in the meantime, I’m going to try and get used to suddenly having more free time and do my best to use it productively. I hope my friends realise I want to see a lot more of them! :) I also need to plan how I’m going to celebrate my birthday. Other than having 3 fabby friends in Edinburgh for the weekend which I’m looking forward to most of all!