With 2019 drawing to a close, I thought I would reflect on the year I’ve had.
It has been a year of two halves. There have been downs but there have also been ups. The downs usually involved my mental health where I hit really low points with my depression. But I didn’t want my depression to win or to drop out of uni because of my mental health, so I did something about it. I went to the doctors to get my medication changed to help combat how low I was feeling which helped massively. I’m doing better than I was which is good and have no desire to drop out of uni anytime soon. I am also currently looking at getting counselling at uni as well so I can fully combat my depression and feel more on top of my mental health in general.
Now despite the downs, I’ve had some amazing ups as well. I have the most amazing friendship group who are so supportive and caring. We are also all close, open and honest due to the trust we have in one another. I feel really safe with them and they make me so happy. I feel really blessed to have met them and have them in my life. I also was given an amazing opportunity as a co-editor here at Student Life. For a while I have been interested in pursuing a career in publishing, especially book publishing as I love reading and have always wondered about the book publishing process. I initially started as co-editor as part of my work placement for uni but loved it so much I carried on as co-editor ever since. It has proven to me that publishing is a career I definitely want to pursue.
Upon reflection, 2019 has been up and down but it has shown me that each struggle with my mental health makes me stronger and gives me the strength to carry on even when I want to give up. It has also shown me how loved and supported I am in my friendship group and I’m currently doing a job I love and want to pursue a career in.
So, 2019, thank you for these lessons and revelations and bring on 2020!