A Year In Review: 2017

Well, well, well. Where the hell do I begin?

Despite the slumps this blog has sometimes, these review of the year posts seem to the ones I always manage to do without fail.

And well it’s certainly been another interesting one hasn’t it? We all thought nothing could get worse than 2016 in terms of the general affairs of the world, but 2017 has certainly given it a run for it’s money.

I feel like we’ve been really tested this year as a whole country. We’ve been the recipient of 3 terror attacks, and I feel like it really caused some tension across the whole of the UK. It certainly made me realise who I needed to delete from my friends list that’s for sure (I can’t be dealing with any racist shit). Then we had yet another election… honestly, I’ve been eligible to vote for 2 freaking years and I’ve already had to vote 4 times (2 being country-wide things, and the other 2 being local elections). Don’t get me wrong, voting is a pleasure, but already being able to vote this many times was really unexpected.

It probably won’t get any better any time soon. But, as I seem to say in all of these posts, the resolve we all have with these things is freaking amazing. So I think we can all give ourselves a pat on the back for that.

But enough about all of that, because I want this post to be a happy one.

For me, personally, 2017 has been a really good year. There was really only one bad thing to happen to me, and it was truly devastating. But compared to other years, I’ve had it worse and I’m trying to make it that the good outweighs the bad. So let’s get the bad point out of the way now, shall we?

In August this year I lost the dog I’d had since my childhood years. She was only 11, so it wasn’t a complete shock, but at the same time we thought we would at least have a couple of more years together. It was the most harrowing week of my life seeing her take one step forward in her recovery only to take two steps back each time. After trying and doing everything we could for her, we made the decision to put her to sleep. And for a month there my life was empty. You never realise how quieter it’s going to be when your dogs not around anymore until it finally happens.

Like I said it’s not all doom and gloom. Our loss of Shiloh, was actually 2 other dogs’ gain. As much as the idea of having another dog upset us for a while, we decided the house would never be right without a dog. So we went and adopted 2 retired greyhounds, and they’ve definitely made the house a lot less quiet again. We’ve only had them a few months, and it’s already been a learning curve, but we still have so much to learn (it’s definitely blog post worthy some of it, though).

Dogs aside, the rest of the year has been good too. I feel like there’s so many posts where I’ve talked about taking a 3rd year of college due to the 1st one being ruined by cancer. Well, this year was the 3rd year. And I passed with flying colours, thank God. Even more so, I actually met my target grade for my course, which I thought I’d never do.

Passing college also meant I finally got to go to university. I applied to 5 universities at the beginning of the year, had interviews for 4, and got offers from all 5. Making the final decision was hard as I loved them all, and I actually ended up changing my mind in the end. But eventually I chose to study Film Production at Brighton Film School, and I honestly haven’t looked back. It’s weird to think this time last year I had only barely finished my UCAS application, and now I’m a term through university. It’s been an incredibly busy term, and I doubt that’s going to let up, but it’s completely worth it.

Speaking of the whole cancer debacle, that is still very much stable. I’ve been on 6 month checkups since February this year. And in 2 months time, if everything goes to plan, I’ll be signed off onto what is called ‘patient triggered referral’, which is literally what it says on the tin. I’ll have absolutely no check up appointments unless I feel there is the need for one. No more blood tests, check ups, or scans. No more anxiety over it all. I’ll be more free than I’ve felt since all of this happened, and I actually can’t wait for it.

I also finally got a chance to go to the Teenage Cancer Trust gig, after not going last year because I missed the sign up. Each Teenage Cancer Trust unit in hospitals across the UK get a few free tickets to select gigs across the week, and my unit for tickets for Saturday night which was being headlined by The Who. Even though the concert was only in the evening, it was a full day event with loads of activities being planned out for the day. We had a music workshop, where we had to write and perform our own songs (even though I can’t sing for shit), and a tour of the Royal Albert Hall, where the gigs were taking place. Not only that, but they also put us up in a hotel for the night… which due to not being able to sleep from excitement led to a late night walk around Kensington followed by a massive breakfast in the morning. Thanks TCT!

I also finally passed my driving test. I’ve only been driving a month on my own so far, so 2018 is really going to be the year I get to go see and discover all the things I want to. Adults really aren’t kidding when they say driving gives you a hell of a lot of freedom.

And that’s really my 2017 in a nut shell.

I think, overall, 2017 was best describes on Big Fat Quiz Of The Year; Personally adequate, Internationally disastrous.”

johanna-montana

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