Hello again, dear readers! First of all thank you very much to people who have read my blog and left me such kind words of encouragement - both in real life and on the internet. Thank you. It truly does mean a lot to me. I won't rant on about this (for now) but I expect that when New Year's rolls around and I get all deep and reflective, there's probably going to be a post full of my thanks to all of you. But enough of that for now.
Hey! Look at that! You're getting a lot more blog posts this past week! Lucky you :)
So this post today is pretty much dedicated to my friend, Gabi. Like a lot of people my age who are still in school, it's very natural to have freak outs regarding things like GCSEs and life in general. Also this is commonly the age where people do the most growing up and change the most. So to add that to any academic worries is quite a handful to manage.
I know you and I are probably both stressing about what is to come in the future. I know that sometimes when you're sad, people try and make you feel better by telling you what to appreciate and what to think. While they do it with good intentions, sometimes it's not the thing you want to hear most. Yes, I know I just did a blog post about appreciation, but if you're honestly not in the mood to listen to good things, you don't have to read it. I won't be offended. Honestly. I understand.
What I'm trying to say is: However old you are, it's okay if you're stressing or freaking out. It's perfectly natural. It's okay to be sad or confused or lost or lonely or unhappy or whatever you're currently feeling. That's all part of life. You've been strong and made it this far. You don't need to make your mind up right now. You won't be stuck in this misery forever. And when you are even the slightest bit happier, appreciate that, because that is what's the most important - your happiness. And right now, if you're not happy, it's okay. Because sometimes it's okay to not be okay.
This post is generally aimed at people still in school but whether you're 12, 18, 30 or even having a mid-life crisis, just know that it's still acceptable to not be okay 24/7.
If you're like me, and you're going through school and you're stressing out - try not to. I'm not going to say that, "Everything will be perfect in the end," because frankly, I don't know that right now. But what I will say is that things do get better and if you have faith in yourself, you will succeed in whatever you want to do because that I do know. Look, you don't have to sort your life out now - plans change, people change and time goes on. I can promise you now, that if you're tearing your hair out over what's to come in your life, we're in exactly the same boat. On my mind, I'm pretty much always thinking about my mock exams 24/7 - so you're not alone.
The most important thing to take away from today is try to not be scared of what life is going to throw at you. But if you are, your feelings are validated. It's okay to be scared and it's okay to be confused. Think of your life as a journey on a rollercoaster. You have ups and downs but eventually you come to the end and you can breathe a sigh of relief. Not just because your life and the roller coaster was mega crazy, but because it was worth it and you're glad you went on the ride anyway.