So we are just over one week into the New Year and everywhere I look I keep seeing everyone bad mouthing 2016, calling it ‘the worst year ever’ and counting down the days until it was over… I feel the opposite.
2016 was great.
One day, two years ago, I decided I was sick of being stuck in a rutt, sick of doing the same things with no progression and I decided to do something fun instead. That’s when I booked my trip to Borneo to look after baby orangutans but I had 19 months to wait until I left in September 2016.
September 2016 – it felt like a lifetime away. How was I possible going to wait that long? I’m bored NOW. I want to do something new and exciting right away!
Well I did wait and 2016 came around before I knew it. I remember the feeling in January 2016, knowing I’d be leaving that year. I started to feel really nervous, I had paid my deposit and I had also decided I would stay in Australia for a year too. I had told work and my family and friends that I was leaving home to go on this amazing trip and suddenly I got really nervous and overwhelmed.
‘Maybe I won’t go’ ‘Maybe I’ll just save towards a house instead’ ‘Will I have enough money to get there?’ ‘What happens if I don’t like it?’ ‘This is a stupid idea’ ‘What am I doing?!’
September 2016 was scary and exciting all at the same time. It was a big deal to me, I had waited just under two years for it to arrive and when it finally did and the days rolled by, I soon realised that it would be one of the best months of my life.
2016 was the year I did saw parts of the world I’d never thought I would, I lived in the jungle, saw animals in the wild that I’d only ever seen in the zoo, learnt about new cultures, tried new things, took risks, made amazing friends, met amazing people. I can honestly say, without a shadow of a doubt that my time in Borneo were the happiest months of my life. Living without everyday stress, money worries, car problems, work issues etc makes you realise that some things in your life need to change and that being 100% happy feels great.
2016 is over and I’m sad to see it go BUT is was a bloody great year and the stressful countdown to it was worth it and if I can take one simple thing away from it it – find what scares you and do it anyway. Take risks, you never know where they’ll take you!
2016, thanks, you were great.
…2017 lets do this!