When I was about 8 or 9, we visited my Grandmother in London. I remember looking out across her balcony at the city and saying that one day, I’d live in London. That sounds very romantic, we are talking about Archway here…but I never forgot that, and it’s something I worked towards when studying for exams. I’ve now been in London for ten years. TEN! I’d known this anniversary was coming for a while and wanted to mark it somehow.
On 19th September 2009, I packed pretty much everything I owned and my mum drove me to Clayhill Student Halls in Kingston upon Thames. It was the first time I’d been away from home and I was low-key dreading it. However, I absolutely knew that I wanted to leave my hometown and be independent.
When my mum had left and I’d made my tiny room my own, I sat on the bed and realised that I was truly alone there. I began to panic and worry I’d made the wrong decision, when the door buzzed. It was the girls downstairs inviting me for a drink. And so began my life.
The last ten years have been a bit of a ride for me. Not so much ups and downs but glorious fun interspersed with absolute rock bottom.
I could write my life story, but ain’t nobody got time for that, so here’s a list of some of the notable things that have happened to me over ten years in London.
IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER
- Got a degree, 2:1 thank you
- Worked in a bar and two restaurants and met the best and worst of humanity
- Had two close friends die, far too young
- A relationship with a man much too old for me
- Broke my pelvis
- Lost a best friend through my own stupidity and selfishness
- Been on countless dates
- Learned a new language
- Had two (2) nervous breakdowns
- Been fired from a job
- Lived in Dubai for a short while
- Started this blog!
- Went to four festivals
- Broke up (mutually) with my first love
- Got glandular fever and didn’t get out of bed for a month
- Rebuilt my relationship with my dad
- Got two tattoos
- Lived off £10 per week for two months
- Met some truly abysmal people – and subsequently realised I can cut people out if they’re toxic
- Had two long-term relationships
- Visited ten (10) countries – nowhere near enough!
- Am still unable to fix my unhealthy relationship with my own body and looks
- Moved house nine (9) times
- Began a career in PR
- Lost contact with too many people to count
- Made new friends as my life changed
- Became a Freelance Writer
- Met my future husband
So, so much has changed and I’m a completely different person to the girl who arrived in London singing Taylor Swift’s 2008 album down the motorway and not knowing what to expect. I still don’t to be honest, but I’ve learned it’s half the fun. At the risk of sounding super wanky, I’m still on my journey, figuring out who I am.
If you’d like me to properly write up anything you found interesting in the above, let me know.
Life is about to change again, with our impending nuptials. Where will we be in another ten years? Let’s wait and see.