I’ve got to say that so far, this year (and the last two months of 2010) have been filled with the best experiences of my life. Since November 2010, I turned 18, visited the Czech Republic with the Comenius Project, visited Berlin with school (first ever German trip despite having been speaking German for 7 years), visited Cologne with Comenius, and visited Witzenhausen and surrounding German villages with the Garforth and Leeds District Lions Clubs. I’ve made the most amazing friends through all of these trips, I’ve gained confidence that I didn’t think I could ever had and I’d say that I’ve achieved a perspective of Europe and the world that some people refuse to accept, in the sense that any kind of stereotypes, faint or otherwise, have been completely blown out of the window.
The point I’m trying to get across is that I’ve been able to visit these places because I’ve taken up opportunities that I’ve been given, perhaps incredibly luckily. But I’m not trying to tell you what I’ve done and how it’s benefited me; I’m telling you that throughout your life you’ve just got to take all the opportunities that you can, whether you’re scared of taking them or not. I believe very strongly that you’ve got to take risks, you’ve got to put yourself out there, out of your comfort zone because that’s the best way to meet people. Through these trips, I’ve made friends for life, people who I’m planning to meet up with again in the future – I’ve been given another outlook on life because I’ve been made to realise that I don’t have to stay with the same people in the same village in the same country for the rest of my life…there are over 6 billion people out there to meet, greet and love, but without taking risks, it won’t happen.
I know that everyone’s different, but everyone will be given different opportunities to meet people, to increase their personality, be it a small thing or something huge, something life-changing.
Dream as if you’ll life forever. Live as if you’ll die today. – James Dean