For many people, having a gap year means having the opportunity to travel and explore the world. For others, including me, having a gap year was a chance to slog it out in hospitality or retail for 12 months to save money for further education.
It’s been just over 12 months since I finished my last highschool exam, and although it’s been tough at times, I can honestly say I’ve grown as a person because of it. I thought I’d share with you a few things that I’ve discovered and learnt since leaving school (coz why not).
1. Finding your true friends
Yes, you’ve heard it all before, but in short, you realise who you’d prefer to make an effort for because life is too short to spend on unpleasant people honey…
2. Having a purpose
Lots of people are more than happy just to do there thing through life, but for me, Ive realised I need to have more of a purpose – something to work for (and Netflix marathons don’t count). Hence the birth of this blog.
Throughout this year, I’ve become more confident and comfortable in my own skin. I’ve stopped giving a damn what others think of me. It’s amazing what happens when your distanced from concrete walls enclosed with other moody, judgemental teenagers. Am I right?!
If you look up and start paying attention, you notice how many job, travel and social oppurtunities are with in your grasp when your not worried about exam results.
5. Free time
And lastly, on a little side note, you have so much free time when your not studying for exams. It’s easy to get bored . True though.
So if you’re leaving school and still unsure of what to do with yourself, don’t. Just dive into the year head first and take every oppurtunity that comes your way. I hate that this post is so cheesy but it’s coming from someone who has “been there, done that”.