As the first week of January 2017 comes to an end, I’d like to spare an article about the year 2016, we left some days ago. It’s funny how we make resolutions when TIME doesn’t really mean anything. Anyway that was just a simple thought that escaped from my mind, I’m not going to go further into that. So, what did 2016 mean to me?
If I should resume, 2016 was : discoveries, disappointments & finding myself.
I used to work in a travel agency, which actually was my very first job after graduating. One of the perks of being a travel agent is you get to travel for free, I had a lot of hopes to be honest. I could have seen most of the world .. but let’s set that aside for now.
When you travel, you discover a whole new world literally, outside your usual environment. At this time of last year, I was able to discover quaint villages of France namely: Castelnaudary and the villages that surround it. Yes, it’s still in France, so why do I say it’s a new discovery? Well, it’s simply because when you change regions, people’s attitude tend to vary, and that’s the case here. I’m not bad-mouthing the region Provence-Alpes et Côtes d’Azur but I think that people in Languedoc-Roussillon are much more warmer and devoted to what they do in life, they’re also very welcoming and talk really nicely, with a lot of respect. Oh and did I mention that the traditional dish called Cassoulet was originated in Castelnaudary? There’s this little village called Montolieu, 10-minute drive from Castelnaudary, I swear I will revisit – it’s the village of books people! It’s too bad I wasn’t able to take pictures but, there’s literally bookstores in every corner of the street! How fascinating is that, especially for a book lover as yours truly.
Let’s fast forward and move on to June last year, probably the best moments of the year. I was able to rediscover Greece. I have been to Athens but I was really dying to do some island hopping, and so I did. This was another freebie as a travel agent, it’s some sort of seminar to learn about Look Voyages’ (a tour operator in France) products in Greece (resort clubs). We were bound for Crete, and really it was an awesome experience, meeting new people, sharing work experiences, exhanging life stories, unlimited food and cocktails, what a life! All that for 5 days, and I can tell you it was worth it. My tastes buds kind of betrayed me during my stay, what I normally wouldn’t eat, I ate during my stay in Greece. Let me give you an example, yoghurt, disgusting, but the very first breakfast, everyone was getting some so I decided to do the same, it was delish. My life changed since then, cheers to Greek yoghurt and Greek honey.
We visited a lot of places but there’s this one place that I’d really recommend ; Port Chania, I don’t really know but this one place in particular appealed to me. I think it’s magnificent, especially during sunset.
Here are some of the best shots I took of this journey. . .
Oh well, this one again, happens every time. If I should tell you my biggest disappointments last year it would be : driving license and my first job.
In some of my articles, and on my Twitter account, I have been talking about getting my driving license, like a LOT. If you’re wondering why I keep talking about it, it’s because it’s the one thing that really stressed me out last year.
In France, if you’re a slow-learner in driving, you ought to have millions at least to get your license, seriously I’m not kidding. Since I’m a slow-learner and certainly not a millionaire it was a depressing situation for me, with a web of constraints around the matter. I have a somewhat complicated situation see — which I am not going to dive into for personal reasons. Anyway, I failed my driving exams twice as of now, and wasted about 5k€ to get that license, which I still don’t have …
The second one on the list was losing my first job. I loved being a travel agent mind you, but sometimes if you get yourself into a sad, stressful and awkward working place, you might want to get out of there. And so I did, my working condition wasn’t making me comfortable, even though I needed my monthly salary, I decided to let it go.
After leaving work, I had so much time for myself which turned out to be what I needed. I didn’t get to take a break after studying, I picked up a job right after graduating, so I guess I was a bit burned out, mentally.
I used to workout every weekend (twice a week) sometimes, I even skip it, but leaving work, I had nothing to do so I just set my mind and just hit the gym everyday or if I’m busy at least 5x a week. I decided to change my lifestyle, eating habits by using natural cosmetics and eating healthy as much as possible. All that takes a lot of time to get used to, I’m still working on it and I would be for the rest of my life.
Then, I chose to be happy, be positive and stop with the negative thoughts. It certainly isn’t an easy road to take but once you realize it, life doesn’t have to be just a rocky road or a bitch with ups and downs, and I’m not denying that. Life is what you think it is, you can be happy and contented with just the smallest things. There are times when I tend to forget, I still fall for sadness and cry and get depressed, but I don’t hate myself because I’m only human,
If you have to resume 2016 in three words what would they be?