As this year is drawing to an end I figured this would be a good time to reflect on what 2013 has meant for me. My year started off with a rather impressive skiing injury (I do have pictures, but I thought I shouldn’t bother the more sensitive souls amongst you with them). Not my first, (unfortunately) probably not my last either. Later in January I took the first of my last university exams ever. I must say I’m not feeling too nostalgic about that aspect of student life.
Looking back on it now I’ve experienced quite a few firsts in the past twelve months. I got my first taste of what it feels like to work as a journalist. Unfortunately I didn’t exactly get the “this is it” feeling yet, so I guess I am, as I’m sure a lot of people my age are, still looking.
Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your
Life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t. – Baz Lurhman
I certainly hope so Mr. Luhrman. I also wrote my first and hopefully last Master’s thesis. Blood, sweat and tears indeed. There is nothing quite like the feeling when you finally see your baby roll out of the printer. One tip from me to you: don’t reread a single page of it once you’ve printed it off and handed it in, you will find more mistakes.
At least it paid off. A month later I found myself in an auditorium in a black gown throwing a tasselled hat in the air with the rest of my university classmates. A symbol of achievement, or so I’ve heard.
Crossing the North Sea to live with my boyfriend (and the rest of his family!) was another first for me. It definitely beats the excitement of a long distance relationship. I’ve worked several temporary jobs this year (not a first) to finance my trip to South America (that will be a first) and found myself bored and unemployed for a while (another first). I’ve just finished a job in retail and though it definitely wasn’t a bad job I can now also say that I do not have a passion for retail. That’s another thing I can cross off I guess.
As I am writing this I am in exactly the same place as I was this time last year. On a skiing holiday with my family. Unharmed so far (touch wood). All in all I’ve been pretty busy this year with school and work. I feel like it’s almost been a set up for next year when I’ll hopefully have an amazing trip in Latin America, finally figure out what I want to do with my life, move in to my own place and find the job of my dreams. We’ll see how that goes…
Anyway that’s enough about me, I hope you’ve all had an amazing year and that the upcoming one will be even better.