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 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.