Looking back on the 2010s

I was 15 when we entered into 2010. Back then I had no idea what the next 10 years would hold. I was still a girl, at school; learning and doing my GCSEs.

In 2020 I will be 26. This decade has been the most defining decade of my life. I went from a socially anxious and naive girl to a (still) socially anxious young woman, but perhaps less so now. I have matured and have done things I’ve only ever dreamed I would do.

I passed my GCSEs which at the time I thought were the hardest things ever; now I look back and think man, how wrong I was 😂

I managed to get enough good grades to be able to go into the school that I wanted to do my A-Levels, at 18, which I also passed, albeit not as well as I’d hoped. A-Levels are major STRESS. More stressful than University but I’ll get to that in a second. I did my A-Levels in subjects I enjoyed but with no clue what I wanted to do at University, let alone in life. Know what I mean by stress?

At 16, I thought I wanted to be an actress but I didn’t end up pursuing that dream 😞 At 25, I have rediscovered that passion and I am studying Acting part-time, but I needed the break to get back into it and rediscover it for myself.

I worked my ass off and got into my first choice University at 18 which was not for the same course I had applied for but I believe that everything happens for a reason and so, I believe my Psychology degree was for the right reason and has led me to where I am now. It has helped me understand myself and other people, that’s for sure. I’ve learned some valuable lessons at University, that only University could give me. It was the first time I had been away from home for so long and been surrounded by so many clueless people, like me, who were under pressure to figure out their lives and were only doing and trying their best. Bless them, students, poor souls.

I lived abroad for the first time in my life, not knowing the language nor anybody. I then lived abroad a second time because I loved the experience of the first time. I overcame challenges I never thought I would have to face. I had my first relationship which was painful and heartbreaking. I fell in love with someone who didn’t love me back. I got my first job; earned my first salary. I went to my first nightclub and discovered new music that now I absolutely love to dance to.

In those 10 years I’ve been fortunate enough to study in 3 countries which gave me the opportunity to travel. I travelled to the United States, South-Asia and Africa and all around Europe, which is more than I had dreamed I would go. Each was a different experience and taught me it’s own set of lessons. I’ve met more people in those 10 years than I have in any other time in my life, thanks to this. I love travelling and I aim to discover more. Hopefully in 2020 I can beat this record and go to more places! I have some ideas for future travel plans…

In 2019, I am still discovering myself. This isn’t a ‘I discovered myself‘ post of the decade, but I can say that I am much closer to knowing who I am now than who I was all those years ago. I’ve changed a lot since then. I am still changing. I have matured and grown. I am still maturing and growing. I entered into my 20s 5 years ago and life doesn’t become easier as you grow older, you just sort of learn to deal with it better, I think. Every day is a learning process.

I am ready for 2020. I am excited for what this new decade will bring and how much my life will change, what I will end up doing and what I will learn, how much society will change and where it will lead. Hopefully in the right direction; a more positive and happier world. I think that is what we all need right now.

How do you look back on your 2010s? Let me know in the comments below.

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