Saturday, 21 September 2013

Reminiscing... About school?!

Hello my loves,

It was one year ago yesterday that I graduated from Highschool. 

12 months, 365 days, 8765 hours, 525 948 minutes and 31 556 926 seconds, a year is a long time. But gosh, the older you get (and yes I know, I'm only 19, but still) the quicker time seems to go! It only feels like yesterday that I was actually walking up on to the hall stage at school to collect my folder with my graduation certificate inside. 

So yesterday, I woke up (obviously) and like the Facebook addict that I am (which I don't like to admit), I checked my Facebook to see what was going on in the lives of my Australian friends and family. Literally every second status was from someone I went to school with saying things like 'one year since graduation and I've done.. nothing' and 'it's been one year since we graduated, I'm going to list my achievements.. 1. nothing'. 

This got me thinking. 

Anyone who is 18 or 19 has spent the majority of their life time in the school routine. The routine of getting up early, going to school for 6 hours, coming home (most likely with homework in your bag) and then up again the next day doing the exact same thing. So I guess, yes, one year after the routine is no longer implemented in our lives, we might feel like nothing has been accomplished. But that's a lie.

The truth is, we've already achieved something. 

We've survived. 

We've survived the first year of our lives where we've had to or had the ability to make our own decisions. To choose where we want to go, what we want to do, who we want to see etc. And whether or not we're still living at home, got ourselves a full time job or even got ourselves to University, we're now old enough to know right from wrong (most of the time anyway) and sadly we're no longer 'kids'. 

I don't think it's a bad thing for 'young adults' not to know exactly what they want to do straight out of high school, I didn't, and taking a gap year was the best thing that I could ever have done, for both myself and my family. Good things have come out of my first 'grown up' decision to come to the UK, I lived my dream of travelling, my family (mum, dad, sister, her boyfriend and brother) finally lived their dreams of travelling and I finally realised what it was that I wanted to go to University for and for me, that was a big deal!

Life is the longest thing you'll ever do but it goes in the blink of an eye. So my lovely readers, even if you think you've done nothing with your lives so far, just promise me that you'll live your lives happy. Get up in the morning and go out there and live your dreams, don't settle and make sure you live with no regrets. Go have a ball. 

Becky xx 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Fun in the Scottish sun!

Hello my lovely readers,

How has everyone's week been?! 

My week (if you're wondering) has been fantastic. 

Because I'm in Scotland! Woo! 

I arrived in Edinburgh on the 3rd of September, which also happened to be my brothers 15th birthday. We were still in Edinburgh on the 5th of September which was my Dad's 47th birthday and we had a lovely day! We also travelled to Stirling, Inverness (and Loch Ness), Oban and tomorrow Inveraray over the course of the week. Unfortunately I'll be leaving Scotland tomorrow afternoon but I'll be heading to the Lakes District again to meet up with relatives! (Yay, I miss them) 

But back to Scotland.. This place is stunning. Where ever I have been I've just been gob smacked at how simply beautiful everything is! It is places like this that make me want to stay here and never go home (although I'm really home sick and going home sounds wonderful) just because waking up to a view like Scotland would definitely be a good life!
I want to talk about my favourite day this week though. It was when I travelled with my Mum, Dad and younger (now very taller) brother to the beautiful part of the world that is Loch Ness! 

I don't know what it is about the place (maybe the fact there's a mysterious monster who resides there.. or is there?!) but it's just a must go to and must see place when you're travelling through Scotland! Regardless of whether Nessie is real or not, you have to go for a cruise across the Loch in search for her... which I'm not ashamed to say, I did! Although she was no where to be seen I still had a brilliant day! The sun was out and shining across the water, for the tourist attraction that is it there wasn't a load of people there so it was like we had it all to ourselves and the climb to the top of Urquhart Castle is worth the short walk because the views are seriously breathtaking! 

I only spent, oh probably 4 and a half hours there all together but it was such a rewarding day. To go there with family was also a bonus, we had so much fun together and it will be something we'll talk about for the rest of our lives. 

I honestly and seriously recommend going there if you haven't already, and don't forget to take your own 'Nessie' and catch yourself a 'OMG I saw Nessie' photo, it's all part of the fun! 

Anyway, I am now sitting outside at 8pm and my fingers are about to fall off because they're so cold! I'll try to update as often as I have something interesting to say and when I have the time! I have a fun packed few weeks ahead so you'll be hearing from me! 

Have a lovely week and I'll talk to you guys soon!


(Oh by the way, we did find Nessie!!) 

Becky xx