I haven't really made many posts this year, but it's been one of the most hectic and busiest years of my life. So much has happened, so much has changed, and just like I said last year, I'm a completely different person than I was typing this post up the previous year.
This year started out pretty normally for me, being drunk on the sofa at midnight on the 1st of January, wishing in a good new year to those around, little did I know it would be such a massive roller coaster of a year.
In May, I quit my first job at Adaptive to move to Travall in Derby for new opportunities, and a fresh set of experiences. I stayed at Travall for eight months, met some incredible people and learnt a LOT about life in general and how people behave, and yesterday, Friday 30th December, was my last day there. It felt like I'd been there for a lot longer, and I originally planned to be, but unfortunately things don't always work out, and I decided I needed to leave to enjoy my work again. The people I worked with are amazing people, and deserve so much, and I hope that things change for them. I've made so many friends this year and hopefully people I'll keep in touch with.
I'm now moving on to a motor finance company based in Chesterfield, where I'm hoping to expand my knowledge of programming further, and gain even more experience, and keep learning and moving forward.
In 2016 I started learning to speak Italian. I've now got a 146 day streak on DuoLingo, a language learning site, and I practice every single day. Next year I'm hoping to start language classes, and in a couple of years time I wish to travel to Italy and be able to speak the language compitently. One thing it's made me realise learning a language is that learning something requires a lot of patience, and it's going to take me years before I'm able to speak fluently, but I think it will be worth it in the end!
2016 was my first holiday abroad paid for by myself and with my girlfriend. We had a lovely two weeks in Corfu, went on a few adventures, with much needed relaxation and respite from what had been a difficult few months. We've been together for almost 2 years now, and still going strong :)
This year taught me about how fragile life is. My friend Dan passed away after a car accident in august, which was a big shock to me and all our friends. He was an amazing friend, such a kind and caring person, and he had a lot going for him at the beginning of his career. He was a brillinat graphic designer, he'd worked with me at Adaptive, and then I helped get him a job at Travall, which he was really enjoying. It was such an awful shame that he was taken away. I'll never forget him, and he will be missed greatly. It's a shocking reminder of how special life is, that it can be taken away from us at any time with no warning, and made me realise that I should treasure every moment of it, as I'll never get time back once it's passed. Dan was such a great friend, the kind of person you never argue with, never fall out with, and I'm sure he would have gone far in this world. We need more people like Dan.
If anything 2016 has taught me a lot about life, and being an adult. it's been a bittersweet journey with many ups and also many downs. I'm looking forward to 2017, I'm starting a new job on the 5th January, I'm looking forward to meeting a new set of people and learning a whole new load of skills. I'm hoping to move out from my parents' house and start living with Amy in the summer, and I'm looking forward to spending more time with my friends and family.
I know that in 12 months time I'll probably be writing about how different everything is again, and every year I say the same thing. Life really changes completely for me each year. I hope 2017 brings happiness, good health and more important lessons in life. Amongst all the chaos in the world, I consider myself lucky to have the opportunities I have, and I hope to make the most of my life, the important things like friends and family, and take with me the valuable knowledge I've gained and the happy memories I've had to make myself a better person in 2017.
Sognare non costa niente. - Dreaming costs nothing.