The last 10 years have been a rollercoaster. I passed exams and went to one of the best schools in the country. I made friends, lost friends, almost committed suicide over it and then met the most amazing people who I now call my family. I had a go at the dating game – one, two, three, four, five and my favourite number six – isn’t that impressive? I got my first job, learnt to drive and kickstarted my career as a writer. I even managed to graduate with a diploma in violin – a skill which I still struggle to find any use for. Like I said, it really was a rollercoaster. There were as much ups as there were downs, I’m sure, but most of it was just a learning curve – the elements which makes up the concrete, to set the foundations of my life. I learnt the value of friends, family and charity. I understood how incredibly lucky I am with all of the opportunities that were handed to me. A supportive family, caring friends, a safe home, freedom to travel, freedom to speak. I learnt to be decisive, control emotions and let go of things that were mere distractions.
The next decade will be completely different. I intend to have a successful career, perhaps a home or a family that I can call my own. All I know is that I’m prepared; the foundations have set, now its just time to build the tower.