Friday, 12 August 2016

The Top Five Moments Of The Last Year Of My Life

It is just over a year since I accepted my current job that has taken me to places I never thought I would see in my life and has given me the opportunities to experience things I never thought I would. 

A whole year of my life has now passed and to say it has been a journey like no-other doesn't quite do it justice. 

It's extremely hard for me to articulate just how phenomenal this past year of my life has been. 

I have had so many people ask me:

"What's been your favourite experience since you started?"

Honestly, there is no simple answer to that question. 

So seeing as a whole year has passed since I took this job, I have decided that this post is going to be dedicated to:

 "The Top Five Moments Of The Last Year Of My Life"

1.  Spending a month in California

Not only was the prospect of actually going Los Angeles kind of unimaginable to me at once point in my life, the fact that I got to go out there and work is still mind-boggling to me. Whilst there I got to meet a huge array of people, however there are two people who live out there who have made my stay in Los Angeles one of the most memorable experiences since leaving home. I got to go to Disneyland California and California Adventure with them, got to experience my first soccer game with them and I got to just hang out and spend time with people who I really hope are friends for life. I met them on my first time out there and I was ecstatic to fly back out in April of this year and see them again. So my first moment goes to the two people who made Los Angeles even more incredible. Here's to having friends around the world.

2.  Getting to set foot on some of the French Polynesian Islands

To this say I am still yet to see something that can compare to the natural beauty that the islands of Moorea, Bora Bora and Rangiroa had to offer.

3.  Meeting my best friend in the world on the other side of the world

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to be able to stop in Auckland, New Zealand for the day. Whilst there, my best friend in the whole entire world also happened to be there during her travels. We met up after months of being apart and she came with me and my fellow cast mate as we bunjee jumped off of a bridge to celebrate his birthday. I have been friends with one of these people for 22 years and with the other one for a couple of months, but friendship doesn't always need a lot of time for someone to become extremely important to you. To share that experience with two people whom I hold close to my heart is something I will never forget.

4.  Climbing mountains in Norway

I've never been one to turn down a challenge, so when a seemingly impossible-to-climb mountain is stationed directly in front of me, I can't help but feel compelled to conquer it. Me and an extremely special friend of mine from on board the ship decided that the task of the day that must be completed was to conquer a mountain. And so we climbed, like frodo and sam climbing mount doom, we climbed. I could feel my heart beat in my ears as I stood on top of this mountain. The view, nothing short of breathtaking. There was a pile of rocks that, we assumed had been placed there by other conqurers of the mountain, so we added our own rocks to the pile.

5.  24 hours in Copenhagen  with the most important person in the world to me

I think the worst part about my job right now is not being able to share the experiences I am having with the person I love. It's very much a win/lose situation. I get to see all these amazing places and experience all these amazing things, but there is always a longing to have a certain someone there beside me experiencing them too. So when the opportunity arose to have 24 hours with him in a port we have both never seen, I couldn't have been happier. He flew over last minute to Copenhagen and we spent the entire day and night together. We didn't do anything particularly spectacular like bunjee jumping, but honestly, just wandering around the streets of Copenhagen and then the Tivoli gardens (which is like a mini-theme park) with him, is one of my favourite memories of the past year. 

I'm still not finished. I have around 3 months left until this chapter of my life is over so I'm sure I'm going to have some more phenomenal experiences. 

However, the main thing that I have learnt is it isn't necessarily what you do or what you experience, the things that make it worth remembering are the people you share those moments with. 

All of my greatest memories of the past year involve people that are extremely special to me. 

And honestly, that makes the experiences truly unforgettable.