I felt like being reflective so I wanted to share some of the things I learnt in 2017 which have been important to me.
- True friendships can survive distance – even 375 miles of it. If you are both willing to make the effort to meet up whenever the (rare) opportunity may arise then the friendship will continue. If you both pick up right where you left off, even if you haven’t been able to speak for weeks, then that friendship is deep.
- Hobbies are important. It feels so good to have your own hobbies, however many they are, and no matter how much time goes without devoting any time to that hobby, always allow yourself to go back to it. My main hobbies are obviously reading, writing and knitting. I learnt to balance my time between each hobby as I love them all.
- I love Scotland. So I’m Scottish by heritage on both sides of my family and I always visited Scotland countless times throughout my life but this has been my first full year of living in Scotland and I absolutely love it. A lot of Scottish people get shocked when they find out how far I moved up here. Having lived in towns outside of London all my life, it’s safe to say there’s a big contrast. Scotland, particularly the town I live in now, is so calm and chilled compared to down south. So many differences and so many things I love about this country but most of all the nature. The beauty, the outdoors and the wildlife here, I will never get tired of it and I can’t wait to explore more and more of it in years to come insha’Allah (God willing).
- I improved my Algerian Arabic. When my in laws came to stay with us for a month, I managed to pick up a lot more of the language than I knew already and I surprised myself and was so glad at how much I had learnt in that month. Still a long way to go but I’m always trying to learn more.
- I learnt that I can stick to a blog! A little over a year of writing this blog and I’m sure it will continue next year as well. I often change the look and ended up changing the name as well but I do keep writing.
- I found a novel idea that I followed through. Countless times I have come up with novel ideas and written rough plans and started writing a bit only to never commit to it. At the very beginning of 2017 I formed an idea for a novel and it took off in my mind. I started writing it and kept writing and I am finally making real progress and the end is in slightly nearer sight!
- I learnt more recipes. I’ve been trying one new recipe a week for a little while and I’ve been loving enjoying these new recipes for cooking as well as baking – some of these recipes are Algerian dishes so my husband has enjoyed that.
- Bad news is not the end of the world – as long as you don’t let it be. Having been delivered a very big blow towards the end of this year, it has been very hard to start to get through this but as always it is all about one’s mindset. I have my down days which is normal but I have to consciously put myself in a positive mindset and learn the more I do this I hope the easier it will get.
- Worrying is a damaging. Knowing that you have to wait a long time to find out something which has a huge impact on your life is very stressful and very straining. You have no idea what the outcome will be and therefore no idea what the chain of events following it will be. So many possibilities and so many worries. But in the mean time, you know you have to wait so worrying is pointless because it won’t change anything except make it ever harder in a form of self-torture.
I hope you enjoyed my reflection on the last year. I already know the beginning of 2018 is going to be hard but I pray that I will reach a time when I can look back on it and it will feel like a distant memory.
I always feel it’s important to learn and keep learning and never stop. I hope you all learnt lots this year too!