Friday, 4 November 2011
Haven for the weekend
I made a last minute decision to go home this weekend. To spend time with family, catch up on sleep, work and life other than the bubble that is university. I realised that I wasn't keeping in touch with daily life, I wasn't speaking to friends from home, I didn't know what was going on in the world. All I've known, and quite frankly, all I've selfishly cared about over the past seven weeks is university. My main priorities have been making friends and going out and having fun. And yesterday it suddenly hit me...I needed to ground myself again, I needed to break that cycle, because it's simply not possible to live your life like that.
Coming home helps me to find myself again. My mum always says 'you can't burn the candle at both ends' and now, I'm beginning to fully understand what she really means. People say that university is all about finding out who your true self is and starting your real life, but I think it's important to remember to hold on to parts of your life before university. Otherwise you're not really your true self, you're just a different person altogether. And I don't think that's right. To move away to university, and make new friends and see new places is a once in a lifetime experience, but without old friends and family to share that with it's not quite the same. The initial move to university is hard. Nobody knows you as well as your family. And to not have them there is lonely. So when you do become closer to new people, you shouldn't ever forget the others.