Isn’t it strange when you look back at how your life was in the past, even the recent past, and realise how much has changed in that short time. Our lives are constantly changing, and we’re always learning more about ourselves, others and the world around us. I look back even a year ago and see changes in myself, let alone a few years ago. I know I’m still in that young experimental stage, but I think everyone experiences these realisations of change and can reflect in this way.
I find it crazy how so many people come in and out of our lives. We say it’s for the best which I guess is true, because we hold onto the people who we get on best with, those who understand us and prove themselves to be good friends. When we realise people aren’t who we thought they were, we have to learn to let go for our own happiness. Along with this, people sadly drift apart. I’ve experienced a lot of this in my life. It’s strange looking back at old friendships. There are people who I went to primary school with who I never even spoke to at secondary school. And there’s people I went to secondary school with who I no longer see or speak to now. It’s strange how you can go from being so close to someone, then them not being in your life. But the people you share experiences with, and the people who don’t continue to be in your life are all there for a reason and make us the person we are. It’s a strange world. Old friendships can make us see what is best for us and who deserves to have us in their life. And I’m so lucky to have found such a great bunch. I think I’m at that age now where my friendship groups are a lot more settled. Obviously they’re not set in stone, and I still have the stage of meeting people once I’m in a full time job. But I’ve done school and sixth form, I’m at university. So more people will come into my life, but I’m definitely not going to let go of the incredible girls I have already.
Another thing I’ve seen change is in terms of individual style. Make-up for instance is a big one. This is one of the main results of being at that experimental age I think, and it’s exciting trying new products and finding new ways of doing my make-up. Whereas (stereotypical, I know, so I may be wrong) when us women get older, we stick to what we know because we’ve done all this experimenting and have a more set-in-stone daily routine. Even looking back at my blog posts from a year ago, my make-up routine and the products I use have changed massively, which is crazy as it was only a short time ago. I should probably do an updated post just to demonstrate how different it is! I’ve got a lot more into beauty recently, and read a lot more blog posts and watch YouTube videos (I’m loving Zoella and Tanya Burr). I feel like I’m getting a little more clued up every day, and I’m definitely no expert in make-up but I don’t feel quite so clueless as I have done in the past. It will be scary to see how much of a difference there is again next year.
I think in general as well, you start to feel in yourself that you’ve grown up. You come to the point where you realise you’re older now and you have more responsibilities and you have to mature, at least in some aspects of your life (you can always act like a child sometimes, no matter how old you are!). Once I got out of the typical teenage phase, I have noticed recently in myself that I think about things more maturely, I do more to help round the house without being asked… Little things like that which do actually make a big difference.
We see so many changes in our lives and it’s always interesting (yet scary) to think about how our lives will be in the future. The people we’ll have in our lives, our tastes and interests, our attitude towards life. Growing up and getting older is of course a big reason for this, but so many things can happen which change aspects of our life. Even something such as finding a new band you like can make a difference. Going to concerts and events has actually led to me meeting some of my closest friends. It’s like you can be in a pub and meet the person you then spend the rest of your life with. An experience can completely change your perspective on life. You never know what’s round the corner, but there’s sure to be plenty of changes for you to look back on.