Firstly, since coming to live and study in Aberystwyth, I have felt so much more at ease, than at any other point in my life I remember. Maybe it's just the "Aber Effect", but I get a wonderful feeling of freedom here. As you will probably have guessed by now, I'm not much of a blogger, but I do like to scrapbook things - whether literally in a book or on the walls of my room. I also do most of my thinking/pondering when I'm out walking, so in that respect Aber is perfect for me. The views are beautiful and I find the surrounding countryside so inspiring, especially at this time of year, when everywhere feels so crisp and at night when all the stars are visible. I feel very much like I've found home.
Despite living apart from my parents and family and hardly seeing them, I don't think I've ever felt closer to them. Although, having lived independently - to an extent - for almost 14months now, I don't think I could ever live with my parents again. Partly because I now live with such freedom, that I don't have to think about them in planning my daily life, but for reasons that may become apparent as I go on.
Friends! Friends really do help make the world go round! Well, they make it turn smoother at least. I've made many friends here in the last year, whether on my course, in halls, or in other ways generally attributed to the "Aber Effect" (there it is again!). I've made friends that I think and hope will be in my life for many years to come; good friends that make me laugh, who are there for me - and who, I hope, know that I am there for them too! - friends with amazing ideas and aspirations, friends who make me think about the world in a different way.
There you have it, I have truly awesome friends! Woop! ( An entire paragraph, when I could've just said that.)
I'm loving my degree this year, finally having a proper choice in my modules and in what area to specialise. I'm daily filled with inspiring ideas for a future career! (and I'm very aware of just how much I've written so far! so I'll leave it at that, because I know I'm going to get carried away with my next, and final bit.)
I don't think I need to tell people that I am happy with Gareth, I always seem to end up smiling to myself when I think about him - then I realise where I am and that passers by must think I'm slightly odd and reduce my grin to a vaguely smug look. It has been a year now, and yet it has gone so quickly that it seems more like years. Having lived together over the summer, I guess we've had the chance to irritate or otherwise experience living together pretty contentedly. Trying to be as brief as possible here, but Gareth has to be one of the most amazing people I've ever met, he inspires me, he challenges me, he makes me laugh, and most importantly, he makes me happy!
In simple terms, I am in love.
Life is good, it could be better, but I don't see the need to rush things. As a student I accept that there are certain sacrifices I'll have to make; that things won't always go the way I want; and that I've still got the rest of my life ahead of me. So for now, I am content with my lot, and the things to come, and I'm glad I've got someone to share my life with.