Six months ago I wanted nothing more than to come away and spend some time on my own. I needed a complete escape and being in Val d'Isère has been exactly that. Travelling makes us see the world differently. It’s about being in a new place, surrounded by new people who are sharing the same experiences as us and learning more about who we are.
Working a ski season has been at the top of my wish list for a long time. It was now or never for me. If I didn’t come away this winter, when else was I going to find the time in my life to do it? I am coming away from the season understanding more about who I am and having learnt many new skills, including how to snowboard. We should never postpone anything that we want to do for the future because there is never an ideal time. The time to try new things is now.
Whilst I have been away so much has changed and yet nothing has changed at all. From a mental perspective, I am not the person I was when I left London six months ago. I now have a deeper understanding of why certain things happen the way that they do, I perceive people differently and I have new things that are important to me. Being away has enabled me to fully concentrate on myself.
My family and close friends have been so supportive throughout the experience and it makes me feel grateful that I am going home to people who care about me and always have my best interests at heart. The people who care about you will support you every step of the way. They support you that you’ve made the right decision to leave and they support you in coming back home.
The quality of our lives is measured by how well we live. New experiences and opportunities provide our lives with substance. Every good thing has to come to an end at some point but there is always something new and exciting waiting around the corner for us.
These six months have made me stronger and have made me into a better version of myself. I can’t wait to share my stories and experiences with everybody at home. Being away has made me realise just how lucky I am to have a place that I call ‘home’ to go back to where I am surrounded by caring and supportive people.