My last weekend in Valencia is almost over and I find myself smiling because my time here has gone by so quickly yet it feels as if this is where I’ve always been. Earlier this week, my Shannon <3 came to visit me. There’s something about showing friends around, it made me feel like Valencia is mine more than ever!
I’ve said it many times before and I will continue to shout it from the rooftops (lol!) – I’m so grateful I came to Valencia, it was a very good decision. As I spend my last week in Valencia and look forward to going back to London for the next few weeks, here are the first half of my reflections on my time in Valencia:
1. IDEAS – Aristotle was right – Potentiality and Actuality are real. Everyone has ideas and everyone has the potential to make their ideas come to life. Pushing yourself to actually do them is the hardest yet most rewarding part. This blog is the perfect example – I had the idea of creating a blog for ages but I never actualised it until the beginning of my Year Abroad in September, and here I am, so grateful that I did and thinking of everything else that I want to, and will, create.
2. DO YOUR THING – In my first week in Valencia I went to a positive psychology workshop called ‘Do Your Thing’, run by a lovely lady and coach called Anne-Marie. It covered everything to do with understanding yourself through the lens of personality in order to make more informed personal choices regarding career, relationships etc. Looking back to that week, it was a great foreshadowing of my time in Valencia – I’m doing my thing and it’s a dream. By the way, this doesn’t the negate the fact I feel down at times, it just means in the grand scheme of things
3. HAPPINESS – It’s really simple. Essentially, I’ve realised countless times that I, ultimately, am in control of my happiness. I am in no way undermining the realistic pain and trauma of life but each and every person is in control of their happiness because you are only the you and so can see what makes you feel any emotion you feel.
4. CREATIVITY – It comes from within. Whilst I never thought I was super un-creative, I didn’t believe I was creative as I have realised that I am. The sun, colourful buildings, being happy and living my best life (lol) all do have a part to play, however, I think that the creative spark has always been inside of me, now it has space to expand to it’s fullest potential.
5. PEOPLE – We are all reflections of each other. Essentially, underneath the layers and masks we wear, we are all very similar regarding our desires and wants in life. Success in relationships with others comes from success in relationship with ourselves and it is one of the many joys of life.