Saturday, 25 April 2015

An open letter to those leaving home

It becomes normal very quickly. Surprisingly, it doesn't feel like as big of a change as going to high school.

You will eat more pizza than you did at home, but that's okay because pizza is amazing.

You will feel guiltier about staying in your room not seeing people, because it is completely up to you if you see people that day.
Come to that, everything about your day is your responsibility now.

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You no longer get the forced social interaction of your family.
And meal times become far more social, especially in a hall of residence.
You will get very good at setting alarms.

You will spontaneously go to movies because your friend drags you along; plans are meant to be changed at the last second.

When you go back home, you will realise how much you have changed without really realising.
And that's okay.
It's just called growing up.

You will accidentally start calling the place where you have only lived for 7 weeks home, and that's okay too.

It just means that you've successfully created a new life for yourself.

In saying that, it won't feel like you left your old life behind, rather that you have somehow now got two homes and two sets of people you love where you once had one.

You will do some things that won't necessarily be the best decisions, but hey, if you don't make any mistakes, you don't learn right?!

You will meet some amazing people, and some not so amazing ones.
But it will be very easy to avoid the not so amazing ones, and spend time with the amazing ones.

You can now stay up all night talking about everything and nothing with your friends as often as you like.
And if you are feeling crappy late at night, you can go and knock on your friend's door and they will give you hugs and chocolate and make you a cup of tea.

It actually isn't as scary as it might seem.

ps. the awesome watercolour textures are from here. :)

Saturday, 4 April 2015

In between the lines of March


March has been a month of everything for me. I began university, which has been amazing. I have made so many new friends, and I have learned so much. 

I just arrived home a couple of days ago, and it is a strange feeling. I feel torn between two worlds now, the new one that I have created for myself, and the old one that feels so familiar and safe.

Anyway, here is my new world;

1st March
This is from the day we took a walk along to Oriental Bay where they bring sand to because there are no sandy beaches near Wellington. I got my jeans soaking wet from the knee down because I may have been a bit excited by the waves, and sand all through my nice shoes, which still hasn't entirely gone.

2nd March
This is the first book I had to read for my course, and my diary full of all of the other work I had to do. This picture was me realising the difference between high school and university: at high school they give you a couple of terms to read the one book you study that year, at uni you have to read the first of many in the first week.

9th March
My fairy lights, to make my room feel more like home. I finally got around to putting them up after a couple of weeks and they really helped.

10th March
One of the good days. Let's just say that the weather in Wellington is a bit colder than where I grew up.

13th March
This was honestly one of the best nights this month.

13th March
Two friends and I went to the night markets, and the incredible bookshop in the previous picture, and just had a really, really nice night out.

19th March
This is the amazing care package my mum sent me. Sometimes you just need an easter egg to help you forget the hall food you had for dinner!

31st March
This was at the end of an evening where five of us went out for a lovely dinner, and took the cable car back up the hill, where we stopped and looked out over the city. What you can't see in this picture is the wind. :)

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