Nelson Mandela once said “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
I always remember that.
I recently came to visit my mum. I stayed with her before I moved out and had a pretty tough time adjusting to life in the South of England. Then I move to London and it was the biggest relief.
I love being at my mum’s house, don’t get me wrong. It’s incredible. But naturally whilst being out and about recently, I couldn’t help but notice that I am a completely different person now than I was back then, and that no one else in the town has ever really moved on. Ultimately, this always boils down to how a person deals with life’s grand lessons.
I have learnt that nothing beats the North of England other than London. I have learnt to enjoy silence. I have learnt that honest people are the best people. I have learnt that everyone you meet is a lesson. I have learnt how to change a plug fuse. I have learnt to love being the first person to wake up in the morning. I have learnt that no opinion matters as much as your own. I have learnt to double check that you have the house key before you leave the house. I have learnt that letting go of your need for perfection is one of the most freeing experiences of your life. I have learnt that not all protein shakes taste like shit. I have learnt to focus on what I want instead of what I don’t. I have learnt that beauty doesn’t depend on aesthetics and your life certainly doesn’t depend on your beauty. I have learnt that not everyone cares about injustice. I have learnt to revise for my theory test instead of walking into the test centre thinking that I am invincible, without having revised one word. I have learnt that the words you are terrified to vocalise are probably the ones that matter the most. I have learnt to speak the truth even if my voice shakes. And most importantly, I have learnt that if not now, when?