Cheers to 2018


For several years, actually, for all of my life I've been very much stuck.

Constantly wanting to do things, explore, venture out of my comfort zone but been too utterly terrified of failure so I've put it off. 'Oh I'll do it next year', 'next month for sure'. This mindset has stopped me from doing everything I've dreamed off. Travelling has been something I've wanted to do for such a long time but I find myself listing off reasons as to why I can't do it: I can't afford it, I have a job, I can't just up and leave, what if I get lost, and, what if I get kidnapped (a genuine concern of mine).

My grandad is never one to preach to me and my siblings but one thing he has always told us we must do, is travel. To see the world because there is so much out there. This really resinated with me and without sounding too clique; you could quite literally die today and what will you have to show for it? Of course I need to be realistic in what I can manage and I know my anxiety will hinder my life in some way or another but this certainly doesn't mean it has to take complete control. 

2018 is going to be the year that I stop saying 'but what if' and 'I will do one day', it's going to be the year I actually start living. 

A. J. H.

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