As it’s the last day of the year I thought it apt to reflect on this past year. There have been many ups and downs, and although sometimes the bad times have felt awful, I believe there’s always something we can look back on, be grateful for and see what we’ve achieved or succeeded in. I definitely feel that without lows in life you can’t appreciate fully what you’ve got, and who you’ve got in your life. I can certainly say without a shadow of a doubt this year wouldn’t have been what it was without friends, family, and most importantly my partner Gary. He’s picked me up, dusted me off and made me laugh, even when i’ve refused to smile for anything else.
I thought I was going back to University to continue with my education only to find out that the Uni have graded and failed me for the exams I couldn’t take due to medical reasons (which they were made aware of this). I became pretty angry, and extremely sad throughout most of the year,and was finally diagnosed with depression in September.I also lost my Pops in September due to a chronic illness.
So as you can see i’ve not had the easiest of years, and unfortunately that’s taken a toll on my ever loving partner, i’m without words trying to explain just how much he means to me, and grateful he stuck through thick and thin with me this year, as I don’t know how I would have coped without that comfort and protection.
In honour of my Pops, and trying to look on the brighter side of life i’ve composed a list of my most favourable achievements, moments and memories of this year…
Here are just some of this years highlights:
I skied for the first time without sight; it was stressful, tiring, confusing, and exhilarating all at the same time. I haven’t done it since but I might consider giving it a go in the new year!
Gary and I became a grown up couple; he moved in with me!
Gary and I went to see Jimmy Carr live for the first time together; it was a birthday gift from him 🙂
Gary and I went to Edinburgh to visit my family, and we included lots of touristy things in our plans, it was so fun 🙂
I organised a mini surprise gathering for Gary’s birthday with 2 of our closest friends; we went out for a meal and drinks, and Gary and I ate 5 ghost chilli chicken wings as a challenge to one another, we were both crying afterwards but we did it!
We visited my family home in Cornwall and I showed Gary the beauty of my area doing lots of tourist things together 🙂
My best friend got married, and Gary and I went to the wedding 🙂 it was a truly beautiful day, and the bride looked absolutely gorgeous!
3 of my closest friends had their first child; these girls have all played a special part in my life and are more like sisters to me. I’m beyond happy for them all and their bundles of joy!
One of my best friends got engaged! Can’t wait for the wedding next year!!
I spent quality time with friends I don’t see regularly, 2 of them come from Canada, and were in the UK visiting / moving here!
I became better friends with the ones I made the year before 🙂
I became a volunteer for a local charity working with adults, children and their families who have visual impairments 🙂
I finally learnt how to use my Macbook! And currently learning how to use NVDA 🙂
Gary graduated University with a 2:1 – I couldn’t have been more proud!
Gary and I went on our first abroad holiday together, hot weather and brilliant memories made!
I went to Alton Towers for the first time with Gary, his Mum and a bunch of his friends, one of the best days I’d had all year.
Gary and I also went to Thorpe Park with 2 of our good friends, and I managed to encourage my friend to go on 2 rides she hadn’t ever been on, I was proud of my persuasive skills, but more proud of my friend for facing her fears and enjoying herself 🙂
Gary and I went to West Midlands Safari Park with his family, it was great to see our Neice and Nephews’ reactions to seeing and feeding the animals. Unfortunately I nearly got my hand pecked off by an Ostrich and Gary had a very close call with a greedy camel and stealing the box of pellets from in between his legs!
I joined the gym! A great feat for me, I always thought it would be a waste of money with me having such severe arthritis, and being unable to use any machines, fortunately I had Gary and our friend (also a personal trainer),to support me and start me on a very easy going work out plan 🙂
Gary and I went to Blackpool for the day with his family; it was wet, windy and really nothing to write home about, but I loved the day because we had such a laugh spending quality time together 🙂
I started this Blog! A massive achievement for me, because I hope that the knowledge I have of Disabilities, and Visual Impairment in general, can be used to help educate and connect people with one another! 🙂
Gary and I celebrated our 1st anniversary together; he surprised me with Champagne, roses and then took me out to dinner 🙂
Gary and I spent Christmas together with my family in Scotland, it was a double bonus as I celebrated it with my parents, Sister, Grandparents on both sides and of course my partner! Lots of laughter and mick taking out of one another, just how my family like it!
Tonight we’re off to Celebrate New Years Eve with Gary’s family, I cannot wait, Champagne and lots of laughter will definitely be on the cards, what a brilliant way to end such a brilliant year 🙂
I hope that however you spend your New Years Eve it’ll be full of fun, laughter and love! I shall be raising a glass to my wonderful Pops.
Here’s to you and your family; I hope 2015 was a good year for you, and 2016 is an unforgettable one, for all the right reasons!
Happy New Year to you all!
Much love, Sassy x