The End of the Year

2014 draws to a close and it’s time for the obligatory ‘end of the year’ post.

For me, 2014 has been both one of the best and one of the worst years of my life. A lot has changed, a lot has happened and I am not the same person as I was 12 months ago.

I started the year a still somewhat-unsure Fresher. Ending it, I now feel as though York is my home. I’ve settled into uni and absolutely love it. I have some amazing people in my life, I’m enjoying my course (despite stats!), I’m involved in multiple projects and generally, I’ve found my feet and my ‘place’. I actually feel settled and like I belong, which is something nobody could ever put a price on.

The biggest thing I’ve learned this year is that you can’t buy time and you can’t buy health. You can be the richest person in the world, but if your health deteriorates, there’s little you can do. Family are important and though it may be stressful or difficult to spend time with them, sometimes, it’s vital that you do. Time is short and it is so important to spend the time you have with your loved ones having fun, and making sure they know how much you appreciate them.

A quick shout out to some of the people who’ve made the difficult parts of my year that little bit more bearable!

  • vInspired – This charity continues to believe in me and sometimes I don’t know why, but whenever I do any work with them, attend residentials or attend events, it always puts a smile on my face and restores my faith in the good of people. The vInspired awards this year were incredible, they allowed me to have some really special time with my Mum and meet some inspirational people; it is a night I will never forget.
  • Hope Support Services – This is a very small charity who aren’t well known but do some amazing work. Whether I’m going through a time where I use them a lot or not so much, knowing they’re there is a huge support.
  • Vanbrugh JCRC – Working with the JCRC this year has really helped me to settle into uni life and find my ‘place’. We’re a big committee and there have been ups and downs, but when it comes down to it, it feels like we’ve really supported each other and achieved some great things.
  • The World Mental Health Day Team – It was one of the most incredible events I’ve ever been involved in. I can’t believe how much of a difference we’ve made at the university in such a short time. It’s so exciting to see so many conversations beginning to happen and none of it would have happened without the fantastic group of people behind me.
  • Friends – You know who you are, I’m not going to name people individually because I will inevitably forget someone. But whether you’re someone who I see rarely but talk to often, someone who replies to my illogical 1am messages, someone who invites me to things and spends time with me, someone who asks how I am and actually wants to know, or someone who keeps me grounded through essay-writing periods, you’ve kept me as sane as I’ll ever be this year and for that, you’re all fab.
  • Everyone else! – There are loads of other people who’ve helped to make this year; the incredible team I worked with on residentials, welfare tutors and uni support staff who have an astonishing amount of patience and an incredible ability to listen, other charities I’ve worked with such as the Shout Out guys and YoungMinds, to name a few.

So this is long and it’s time for me to sign off. There will be loads of these posts flying around, but I just wanted to make sure I’d said thank you to the people who deserve it. I hope you all have a lovely time tonight, whether you’re chilling with a mug of hot squash and 100 references, or out partying, and I hope 2015 is good to you.

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