As another year draws to a close in the coming weeks, it is time to reflect on another year that was and all the great, wonderful and sometimes sad changes to take place. Through this journey we call life, you tend to learn a few little things along the way and as long as you can walk away with those, your sanity and excitement for what is to come, you’ve had a good year. Here is a list of things 2011 has taught me.
1.) That staying in 21 bed dorm rooms is a bad idea
2.) That staying in 21 bed dorm rooms after coming off a 12 hour flight, is an even worse idea
3.) That when you are going to do a stop over in another country before your big trip, it’s probably best to not go nuts with the sightseeing there, but sleep and recover from your flight.
4.) That you should always research movies before you decide to go see them at the cinema with your mother, so you don’t end up watching a really awkward lesbian scene with her. (we are both still scarred)
5.) That travelling with a boyfriend is a bad,bad idea.
6.) That you shouldn’t commit to things your really not sure you can do (and turns out not even sure you want to do)
7.) That you really can make some great new friends
8.) That you really do have some great old ones too, and even if you don’t see them much, they still know you, because they grew up with you.
9) That you are a very loved person, but a whole array of people who care about you
10.) That New York is magical
11.) That travelling for 5 months on the go in dorms is not as romantic as it sounds.
12.) That you will always have a soft spot for cocker spaniels (pollydogs!)
13.) That there is a lot of bad and scary things in the world, but there are lots of good stuff too.
14.) That nothing beats a good chat with mum.
15.) That Sydney, Australia is my home.
16.) That I would die in a small country town and will always be a city girl.
17.) That nothing beats sitting around with my mum and dad and watching Glee, our little tradition.
18.) That music has the ability to make me really happy.
19.) That sometimes you just need to dance
20.) That I will really start to love the person I am becoming