Me At 24 – Reflections On The Year

 

Last year I wrote a summary of the last year of my life in a little rhyming Me At 23 post. As yesterday was my birthday, I thought it only apt that I continue this now-tradition and see what has been learned, gained, lost, and loved in the last orbit around the sun. Here are 12 (my birth date!) rather self-indulgent things that have occurred since last year. 

Me at 24 - reflections on a year of being 24, thinking about all that was achieved, done, and changed in the past year.
Cake, anyone?

I moved… Again

I’m trying to avoid it being an annual ritual, but I moved once again! This time closer to work, into central London where I can WALK to work which makes a huge difference to my day. No more 2 hour morning commutes squashed like a sardine on the train, no sir!

I revisited my second home… Again

It never ceases to amaze me just how much I love New Zealand. This time I was able to rediscover a few favourite spots as well as find new places that have given me some wonderful memories. If you hadn’t already guessed, I’m a bit of a New Zealand nut and having the chance to visit again was as magical as ever.

I discovered new places

Both at home and further away, the opportunity to wander and find new treasures in the world is my favourite thing ever. Visiting Western Australia was the perfect respite from it all, not to mention the benefit of a little winter sun! Brilliantly blue oceans and the whitest sands were the dream destination, as well as the chance to explore wildlife, countryside, cities, and culture!

I worked hard

My job has been steady over the last two years, and I’m grateful for guidance and freedom to learn in the role I’m in. The hard work and need to constantly improve has paid off, with a new title which has boosted my confidence and given me more responsibility. I’m excited to see what steps might come next; whether I stay on this path or apply the skills learned elsewhere is yet to be seen, but I know I’ll do my best and hope to be happy in my work.

Lumiere London: Me at 24 - reflections on a year of being 24, thinking about all that was achieved, done, and changed in the past year.
Triangle tunnel – where will it lead?

I explored new passions

Photography has been an interest for a while, but only in the past year have I really decided to see what I could gain. I’m excited to grow my knowledge and understanding of this medium of storytelling, but apprehensive of the challenges to be faced (cameras are expensive, yo!).

Self portrait: Me at 24 - reflections on a year of being 24, thinking about all that was achieved, done, and changed in the past year.
There’s always something new to discover with photography

I kept note

Last Christmas I was gifted a Q&A a day journal, where each page poses a different question, thought, or observation. The diary has room for 5 years’ worth of entries, so I’m proud to have kept it up and look forward to a yearly comparison of my thoughts. It’s such a simple way to remind oneself of what you’ve been up to over days and months, plus helps to reflect on the day that has just passed and the noteworthy moments from it.

Q&A a day: Me at 24 - reflections on a year of being 24, thinking about all that was achieved, done, and changed in the past year.
Q&A a day has kept me reflecting every day since the start of the year

I lost

I lost something precious, which can never be replaced. Loss can come in many forms, and in this instance it was especially sharp. I’m thankful for memories and experiences, regardless of the difficulties now.

Orange roses: Me at 24 - reflections on a year of being 24, thinking about all that was achieved, done, and changed in the past year.
Flowers to brighten even the saddest of times

I trained

For the first time in my life, I’m attempting to take care of my body and visit the gym a couple of times a week. It’s not much, but I’m unashamedly proud of my minuscule achievement, not least because it’s important to look after one’s health – especially now I’m getting older!

Running shoes and towel: Me at 24 - reflections on a year of being 24, thinking about all that was achieved, done, and changed in the past year.
A bit of regular exercise was a goal achieved from this year

I tried new things

Another year feeling a little older and wiser, I like to think about the new experiences and unusual things I’ve tried. I’m a creature of habit, so this is always a small achievement for me! In the past year I tried new activities, I tried new foods, I visited new museums and art spaces, and all the other small things that don’t seem like much at the time but all contribute to growing year on year.

I observed

I’ve tried to make more of a concerted effort to go out and observe the world. People watch a little, take a few photos of things that interest me, and just explore a bit of the nearby neighbourhood. Made much easier by living on the doorstep of Regent’s Park, I’ve loved the long summer days (and dare I say, the snowy winter ones too!) for a chance to see the familiar spots in a different, more appreciated way.

Regent's Park London: Me at 24 - reflections on a year of being 24, thinking about all that was achieved, done, and changed in the past year.
Regent’s Park in summer is full of colours and life

I loved

This isn’t so specific to only this last year, of course my love isn’t determined by an annual subscription of some sort! But I felt the last 12 months I’ve become more self-aware of my feelings, particularly towards those around me. The love for my wonderful family – who continue to astound me with their passion and compassion, and for my partner – who never fails to remain a pillar of strength and source of reassurance, has heightened with the evolutions throughout the year.

Sunset in Dunedin New Zealand: Me at 24 - reflections on a year of being 24, thinking about all that was achieved, done, and changed in the past year.
Reflecting in New Zealand is always a joy – and seeing new places that amaze me with special people is a wonderful memory

I cherished

Birthday’s are a time to be grateful for life, for the Earth, for the people that fill it, and for the future we can hope to create for ourselves. I’ve never been very good at enjoying my birthday, I find it more reflective than celebratory, but in this instance, I’m so, so glad of everything I’ve been fortunate enough to have this past year. Thank you.

Self portrait: Me at 24 - reflections on a year of being 24, thinking about all that was achieved, done, and changed in the past year.
Me at 24

What’s been your thoughts on the past year? I’d love to hear your stories, as always!

 

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