I’ve spent the first 3 years of my 20’s in London working, meeting new people and expanding my mind… With life moving at what only feels like 100mph, I’m taking this opportunity to stop time for a moment and reflect…
When I think of London, I think of it as my home. Home is where you feel most like yourself and at ease. It’s a crazy city and not much of it is peaceful, but whenever I go away and come back to London, I feel content. Even if I’ve had an amazing holiday, knowing that I’ll be coming back to London makes me happy. So why do I love it so much? What have I learnt?
1. There are people on your wave length
Where I lived before London, I had 0 friends that wanted the same things out of life as me. They say to surround yourself with people who inspire you and I feel like I did exactly that. Now I have a handful of wonderful people who I trust and can truly confide in. I have friends who inspire me to be a better person and push me to follow my own path. These qualities have now become standard for any future relationship. Platonic or romantic… Without meeting these incredible people, I may never have discovered that this is what I want out of relationships.
2. There is not only one way to live life
When I lived in the countryside I assumed I’d have my dream job and be married by my mid-twenties… I turn 24 this year and couldn’t think of anything I’m less prepared for. The truth is, being in London has opened my mind to so many new possibilities and ways of living, it releases the pressure of ‘doing it wrong’ because there is no way to live life incorrectly, we’re all taking different paths.
3. London makes you resilient
If you survived the 8am commute to work, you can survive anything. Seriously. I’ve learnt how to speed through crowds, run across roads without getting hit and when there’s a tube strike I can recite all of my alternative routes off the top of my head. After years of living in the city and getting used to huge crowds and busy streets, I’ll tackle anything life throws at me.
4. I’m in a permanent state of self-discovery
Let me start by saying you don’t need to move to London to learn about yourself. But it helps. I’ve discovered so many things about myself like, I’m actually quite creative, I love music and photography, I don’t like wearing heavy make-up or heels and that’s definitely ok, I like visiting art exhibitions, I love talking to people who aren’t from here and learning about their way of life. So many things and I’ve accepted that from now on my life is going to be one big adventure.
5. People who live their truth inspire me the most
I’ve met so many people doing so many different things, students, artists, models, all hustling to make their dreams come true. London is the best place to be when you need motivation, just look around and there are people everywhere doing awesome things.
Do you live in London? What do you love about the city? What have you learnt?!