During my gap year, which will begin from the 27th of June, I plan to do many exciting things. Two of the things that I am personally looking forward to doing is: decluttering my horrid mess of a wardrobe and renovating this blog. The latter being more exciting, although, the former will bring me immense peace of mind. And a little bit of travelling too, hopefully.
I thought I would update the few regular readers of my blog (thank you, I see you! Your perhaps unintentional support means a lot more than you may think). I will be changing the name of the blog, cause let’s face it; I am not getting any younger. Plus, I cannot say ‘oh, my blog is called: a silly young girl’ without cringing. Henceforth, I shall brainstorm a non-cringeworthy name more relevant to the contents of my blog. Suggestions are much appreciated.
I also want to get back into painting. I stopped because the best I can do is copy pictures of flowers from the internet. Oh, I meant sketch. And being a perfectionist, it is so hard to look at failed attempts of more complicated things. But I really do want to learn more about painting with acrylic, oil and pastels. Also, understand the different concepts that are used in painting. If any artist is reading this, help! (I have no idea where to begin)
As a child, painting was my thing. Then again, isn’t it everyone’s! Time flies when I attempt to paint or sketch. That’s always a good sign. I will have enough time to really learn about painting and hopefully become an amateur painter! For inspiration and insight, I will be visiting various art galleries.
I am going to read books, a lot. Some of the books that I hope to read are: Trust me, I am a junior doctor by Max Pemberton, Better and The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande, Muhammad by Karen Armstrong, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë etc. Also, I am going to properly reread The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
But I am not going to lock myself up and read all day. I do realise how much I enjoy solitary hobbies! Although, I will be volunteering continuously while hunting (day and night) for a new job. That’s social enough! But I will keep an eye out for opportunities. What kind of opportunities? I don’t know.
Okay, maybe my gap year isn’t going to be so exciting. Truthfully, I am a simple person. Being able to read, write and leave my house once a week is enough to keep me happy. But this is going to be my year of saying yes. I mean it. I am bounded by my word to say yes to all opportunity that may come my way, unless there’s a reason to say no. Note that, I have used the word reason and not the word excuse! I am scared.
I am going to become healthier. That’s right, I said it! No, I am not going to write a post about my failure in December (or will I?). If you don’t believe in change, prepare to be amazed. I have started my transition, so hopefully I will begin writing helpful (I really mean that) articles (occasionally) about what to do if you want to become more healthy and fit. I do not claim to be perfect. I am not fit or skinny. On the contrary, I have gained weight. But my incentive is to change my lifestyle gradually for the better and lose unnecessary weight in the process. So far it is looking alright.
My target is to blog at least thrice a week. One of them will always be poetry, one may be a reflection on something that I believe could be helpful to someone and the third will be my experience as a volunteer. I should keep notes of what I learn as a volunteer, but I don’t. So, this will be an excellent way to do so. Keeping in mind that, a lot of the details will be altered because confidentiality is important. However, the key story and reflection will remain as accurate as possible.
All of these might seem awfully less to do in a year. But I will be spending almost half of the year applying to universities and sitting entry exams, assuming my A level results will be good (at this point, I am not feeling very confident). I will also do the regular things like go out with my family and friends, that should be fun. All in all, I am going to be open to and seek out opportunities that will help me grow into a better person.