Pretty much all my life I was that shy little girl who didn’t talk much and always had her head in books. I was an introvert. I find it hard to believe that I was naturally an introvert. When I was a child in primary school I remember being part of so many clubs, cycling around my hometown every evening with my brother after school and exploring. What happened? Secondary school happened. It was a new environment and at that time, I was a minority, I was different. Clearly, at that age, I was not strong enough to cope with comments about who I was or why I couldn’t cut my hair. I lost it, I lost all my confidence and I was no longer comfortable in my own skin. I tried whatever I could to fit in. Oh, I wish I could go back and tell my younger self that I was wrong. Why be the same and fit in when you can be different and stand out?
My story goes back to 2012 when I just decided I didn’t want this life for myself anymore. I had a strong feeling that I wanted to be out there in the world and exploring. That’s where I felt like I belonged. I decided I had to do something out of the ordinary to leave my comfort zone and regain my confidence. So I saved up every little penny and decided to book a solo trip to South America at the age of 16. Yes, I did freak out my parents when I told them I had booked a plane ticket to the other side of the world without telling them, but I knew it was the right thing to do. I admit, I was terrified. My first night away from home, I didn’t know anyone and I was in a country by myself where I could not speak the language.
Every day I learnt more about myself and the world that no book could ever teach me. I grew. I learnt the value of travel and I was intrigued. I felt free. One trip leads to another and here I am today. At the age of twenty-one, I’ve visited over 20 countries in the last five years alone. So why am I starting a blog now instead of five years ago?
Just this year, I was on a snowboarding trip to Japan and I ended up fracturing my spine two days into the trip. At the time, I was like why me? I saved up all this money and it was meant to be the trip of a lifetime. But looking back now, I’m so glad it happened. Growth happens in the bad times, not the good times. You get to see that you are stronger than you could have ever imagined. Sometimes we don’t see the bigger picture or the purpose behind the bad things that happen to us.
As soon as I returned home, I had a new outlook on life. I started yoga, meditation, eating healthy and looking after myself. Letting go of past bad habits and embracing change has put me on a different road in life. That’s when I decided that I wanted to share this with the world. For most of my life, I’ve always been a very science orientated person, it wasn’t until I started writing essays and research papers while being at university that I realise now how much I actually enjoy writing and putting my ideas together. Deep down I’ve always had a creative side, hopefully, by starting this blog I can reconnect with it and enjoy the process along the way.