I love this photo. For many reasons: happiness, contentment, love and enthusiasm for the world we live in. But my main reason, is how far I’ve come in the last three years. How three years ago, I couldn’t have been far from ever imagining myself in this photo.
I was living alone, in an everyday job, with nearly all of my wages paying for my bills. For every high, there was a low and money was tight. But friendship and family kept me feeling alive. I realised the importance of gratitude and how lucky we are, but I also never set my expectations high. And I always remember when I first met the male, and he asked if I’d ever want to travel afar. I shrugged, merely telling him I never thought about it, as it wasn’t my reality. Because I knew it simply wasn’t possible, or an option, in that chapter.
Now here I am, having many highs, a real career, an even stronger support network and some incredible destinations ticked off the list I once never had. My mindset changed. I worked hard. I had goals, higher expectations and this new thrive for life. All whilst maintaining gratitude.
And I’m not nervous about the future anymore. Not when there’s moments like these to appreciate and fondly remember.