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My Busy Summer: Lessons in Self-Growth

Forgive me for having been absent from the blog for months.

This summer just gone has been a whirlwind and quite frankly my busiest summer since…forever? It was nice though because I am not the type to book a holiday for next year. I do things in the moment or last minute which works well for some people and not so well for others. I am a spontaneous event planner. Somehow I found myself at a project after another and towards the end of my summer, I even went to Edinburgh for 4 days! Of course, these are all experiences accumulated from my new work but it was an unforgettable summer. I have met so many new people and whilst I can see more challenges ahead, it’s a start of something.

A spark.

Whether I should let it burn, ignite, is another story but I’m continuing the journey anyway.

I haven’t written a life update since my last, so here’s a summary of events that took place this summer for me and what I took away from it:

  • I helped joint-organise a local talent event for young people. It was an entirely new experience for me but it was so nice to get involved with the community. I strangely learnt more about myself in those few weeks planning than I did anywhere else. I learnt that meeting new people isn’t such a daunting task and that I’m actually pretty good at it. I learnt that there are some really nice people in the community and this made me realise that it is possible to make a difference.
  • Shortly after that, I was part of another project – this time a 3-week film school for young people. Met with a new experience once again, I got to know more local kids and put myself out there some more. I’m an introvert at heart so I surprised myself with how comfortable I felt, how confident I became in the setting because well…I had to be.
  • Ever since my birthday in June, I have been getting lots of compliments about everything. I don’t know if it’s an age thing and maybe it’s cliché to say, but I’ve just been blooming. I just feel different. I no longer feel like that stupid, shy kid who found it hard to speak-up and defend herself. I realised that I changed when I helped comfort a crying child on two occasions (of whom no one else noticed) and spoke up against some pesty brats on some other occasions. I’m really not messing about this year. Maybe it’s from all those years of tolerating BS that I can no longer tolerate it anymore. Ha!
  • On the subject of compliments, one particular comment that stood out was that I’m a people person. It was a really strange but nice comment to receive on more than one occasion. Strange because as a quiet person, I would never consider myself as a people person. Ever. I must have been in shock since I heard myself respond with this in which they responded, ‘you don’t have to be the loudest person in the room to be heard’. It was definitely food for thought.
  • As aforementioned, I went to Edinburgh for 4-days as part of a work trip. Our sole purpose was to go for Edinburgh Fringe Festival – the world’s biggest showcase of theatre and performance pieces from around the globe (I had no idea!). I had a blast and for sure, would go again in future. Maybe I should put together a travel post of some sort?

I know. Old news. But how was everyone’s summer? I’m very much looking to autumn when it starts feeling more like it so I can start layering it! I’m not complaining about the last bouts of sunshine that we’ve been having though as I’ve been making extra effort to get myself to the park more often after work! Hope you’re all well!

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