Monday, 11 December 2017

EIGHTEEN

It is currently half six on Saturday 2nd December, which means there is 23 days, 5 hours and 30 minutes until midnight Tuesday 26th December, my 18th birthday. Since I have just over 3 weeks left of being 17, I thought this would be a great time to reflect on the past 17 years.

Back when I was 12, I would have never thought that this is where I would be. In 6 years I have mentally and physically developed, lost friendships, started blogging, gained friendships, travelled and visited new places, become educated, fallen in and out of love, conquered anxiety and have truly found myself.

I do not like to dwell on the past but there have been things in my personal life which have forced me to grow and mature well before my time. What I have been through has made me into the current version of myself, a better Fran and hopefully, over the next few years, I will become an even better Fran. I now value my family and the small group of friends that I have a lot more now that I am older. Not only do they listen to my daily rants, but they are my support system and the reason I am able to keep going.

I remember watching Wild Child when I was 8 or 9 and wishing that I would one day have a huge group of friends and for a while, I did have a huge group of friends but unlike the movies, it is not all sleepovers and braiding each other’ hair. Some people are toxic and do not need to be apart of your life, for a while I allowed toxic people to be apart of my life, I defended them and was defensive when people tried to warn me of them. And now, I can honestly say that every single person who I consider a friend, I genuinely want in my life.  

Whilst I am sat writing this post, I am feeling accomplished. I have achieved so much over the past 17 years and I think I deserve a little pat on the back. Just this year alone, I have passed my theory, driving test, been promoted at work, conquered my AS exams, become a student ambassador, got an offer from my first choice university and reached 25,000 total views on FRAN & CO. In my 18th year, I will continue to achieve and hopefully, in a years’ time, I will be here sharing even greater achievements.

As this is my final post of the year, I would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who follows and reads the blog, even those who are not following, I appreciate your continued support. My slice of the internet may not be a big slice, but it is because of your continued support that I am slowly progressing with my blog and have been motivated to push for its growth and development.

I would also like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I will be back with a new post on January 1st at 6pm GMT and from then onward, I will be posting every two weeks on a Monday at 6pm GMT until June, when my A levels will finally be out the way and I am no longer a student.

Fran
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