… And breathe. 2017, my friends, is finally coming to a close, and what a year it has been! For me, there have been surprises, high points, low points, smiles and tears, and memories – so many memories.
Let’s look back at a few of the highlights from this year, shall we? Gosh, a trip down memory lane seems bizarrely nostalgic, considering everything happened within just 12 months!
Back in the summer, I trained with my first guide dog; I’ve been on the waiting list of a couple of years now, and so training with my first dog was a huge deal. It’was mentally draining, at times stressful, but so, so worth it – she is absolutely amazing, and has already given me more confidence when out and about than I’ve ever had before. You can read a little about this time of my year here, if you want.
I almost completed my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award this year, and despite failing due to food poisoning on the night of my expedition, I really enjoyed what I managed to do, and am so proud of hwat I achieved. I still volunteer at the organisation I volunteered for as part of my DofE, and I still value the people in my group – many of whom I didn’t really know – who were so supportive and just generally great. I’m not sure whether I’m going to do the expedition again next year: it was easily my least favourite part of the whole thing, because I have a totally irrational fear of being lost, but hey-ho, we’ll see.
Back in October, I visited Barcelona with a group of blind friends, as part of an organised trip. It was the first time I have flown (in my memory), and it was surprisingly uneventful and … fun? The trip had its ups and downs, and its fair share of tears, laughs, smiles and hugs, and despite the drama, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Like, ever.
I started Year 11 – my final year of GCSEs –, and the workload is INTENSE! However, it’s even more bareable now than it was in Year 9 or Year 10, simply due to the fact that the end is in (metaphorical) sight now: 6 months, and this whole thing is over. Then, it’s the longest summer holiday OF MY LIFE, and off to college in September – new friends, a new place, living away from home.
I learnt to bake cookies this year.
What have you achieved this year? It’s always great to reflect on your achievements: if nothing else, it provides closure.