If you haven't been watching my social media or following me on Snapchat, @totally_ro, you mightn't have noticed it was my birthday on Monday. I am now 18 which feels weird to say as I have grown up to believe this is a huge milestone but it just feels like any other day. I had a lovely day, I spent the majority of it just chilling at home but in the evening I went out to dinner with some of my friends. I know this isn't the usual 18th birthday celebrations where everyone goes out to get absolutely wasted but I didn't want that, I just want to have a few friends over and talk and eat together.
I find it weird to think that I am 18, I still feel a day over 12. I can do more than ever, I can buy a lottery ticket, get married, vote, give blood, use a sunbed, make a will and change your name. I know I will probably not do some of these things for a while but it's nice to know that I can do them whenever I want.
As I am writing this post, I am wondering should I do a 'What I have learned in 18 years' but to be honest I feel like it would be similar to everyone else's, I enjoy reading them but to write my own I will wait another year or two. Right now I am confused about a lot of things, what will I do in college? Where will I go for college? What do I want to do for the rest of my life? Should I bother dating? What should I change my name to? Where do I want to travel? Am I taking care of myself?
I have thought about it for a while and I am going to share 18 things I have done in my 18 years of existence.
1. I have been to 9 countries
I have been fortunate enough to be able to do so many places and some of them multiple times, I have been to America twice, France four times, England/Wales three times, Northern Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and Tenerife, I hope to travel more in the future especially exploring the rest of Europe and all state of America. I enjoy being able to see another culture and completely immerse myself in it.
2. I got over my fear of flying
For 3 or 4 years, I refused to go on a flight anywhere, it got to the point where my Dad told me to 'cop on, you can't stay in Ireland forever'. I remember the first time going to London and crying the whole way over and back as I was so uncomfortable on the plane. I wasn't scared of flying it was the turbulence that set me off and being in such a confined space. I am still a little anxious going on flights but now I am not in floods of tears.
3. I performed in front of 500 people
I feel like this is an accomplishment in itself as for a lot of people, including myself it can be very hard to get in front of a group of people and do a presentation or perform.
4. I found hobbies I'm good at and love
I had so many pastimes over the years that didn't last, ballet, swimming, camoige, hip hop, trad music and scouts but even though all those failed I found some that I truly enjoy acting, reading and playing my guitar, piano and ukulele.
5. I have a Certificate in Speech & Drama
I just have to do one more exam to become a Speech & Drama teacher, I don't know when I will do it because it is a huge amount of work and there's two exams for the next degree. I am proud that I got this far as the Cert was challenging.
6. I accepted my Dyslexia
When I first found out I was dyslexic, I didn't want to accept it or tell anyone, I was embarrassed about it for a good 4 years until I turned 13 and realised it wasn't a big deal.
7. My imagination has stayed strong
Thankfully, I still have the imagination of an eight year old. I love that I can escape into a different world or think up of weird and wonderful essay ideas for English.
8. I can drive... kinda!
I say kinda as the majority of my friends refuse to get in the car if I am at the wheel. I love that I am able to drive, I am still only a learner but I have booked my test and hopefully things will go well.
9. I created this corner of the internet
Two years ago, I created this little space and I have loved it ever since. I love that I can write sometime from the comfort of my own desk and people all around the world can read it.
10. I learned to try make something good out of a bad situation
This might sound crazy but I like crazy. It is so easy to think of the negative side of things when something goes wrong, we all do it. I have learned to make a situation better by normally joking about it. A few months ago, I did awful in a maths test, 22% to be exact, I was annoyed at first but then I realised it wasn't all bad. I didn't get an NG and it was only one test. I joke about things to make them seem less serious and meaningful.
11. I became a little bookworm
I developed a love for reading has stayed with me. Of course, I am not one of those people who can get a book read in a day but I enjoy sitting down with a good book.
12. I wrote a song about the Junior Cert and it went slightly viral
Since I uploaded this video on YouTube I can't bring myself around to watching it again. I look awful in it, I am in a local primary school at a guitar lesson and my guitar teacher was recording it. Though I won't watch it, I am proud of it I never thought it would get over 100 views never mind 3,000! This is what started my YouTube channel.
13. I volunteered
I've always done an odd bit of volunteering here and there for clubs that I was involved with but for the past two years I did volunteering for things that I wasn't involved with already. For my Bronze Gaisce, I volunteered in a local charity shop, I didn't enjoy it for much but I am glad I did it. For Silver Gaisce, I helped out my Speech and Drama teacher for the year with two of her classes. I thought I wouldn't enjoy it at all but I actually miss it dearly and I hope to do a blog post about it in the future.
14. I stayed in a different country without my family for a week
This mightn't sound huge but when I was 15, it was pretty big for me. Up until then I had stayed away from home for a few days but not in a different country. I did a French exchange when I was in 2nd year and it taught me a lot. My French improved a little but I learned a lot of other things life related.
15. I have developed a love for France, the French language and their culture
16. I went to a Taylor Swift concert
It's been nearly two years since my going to my first concert and I am still in awe about it. It was one of the highlights of 2015 for me by far. Even though, I haven't been listening to her music as much I still love listening to it from time to time. I hope she has a new album on the horizons.
17. I developed a love for musicals, plays and anything on stage
Since a young age I remember going to musicals, plays and pantomimes and falling in love with all that goes on behind the scenes of a production. I started preforming on stage at the age of 5 in my first ballet show, The Tales of Beatrice Potter and ever since I have enjoyed every second on stage.
18. I learned how to be independent
Being a middle child (the forgotten one), I learned quickly how to be independent and do things myself. Now I think I may be too independent as I don't always ask for help when I need it.
What are you proud of doing?
Thanks for being awesome,
As you know, I never do fashion posts or show what I am wearing but I really love this outfit and I wanted to share it with you. Also, shout out to my brother for taking the pics of me in my garden, I needed someone so he did it. I know the shots aren't overly amazing but this is my first one and my brother doesn't have the best photography skills.
Shoes- River Island (Last Year)
Bracelet- Thomas Sabo
What are you proud of doing?
Thanks for being awesome,