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What I learned in 2018

What I learned in 2018

Hello friends!

Let me start with this article and year by wishing you all a very good 2019. I hope you’ll all have the strengths to make your dreams come true, a good health and a lot of happiness in your life!

I wanted to start this year by writing on the previous one, for a rather simple reason: 2018 has been good and for sure a great foundation for 2019! So here are the things I learnt the last year.

There are a few things that have been really important in 2018, and which matter a lot, as they directly impacted my daily life:

  • I got a job in Stockholm, Sweden,
  • I moved from Helsingborg to Stockholm,
  • I graduated from University,

And things actually happened in this order. The funny things is (if it can be called funny) that basically, my master studies flew by and sooner than expected I had to write my master thesis. This means that there are no classes but just researches and a loooot of writing. I looked for a job to support financially myself but also to do something else than studying, and at the same time I’d get a great transition from studying to working.

I really liked having this transition period as I would have all the time I needed to adjust to my new life, new rhythm, new city and so on. I’ve been working part-time for the first 5 months and once I graduated, I started full-time, in the same job, with the same company, which was just perfeeeeect (and I’m still there now!)!

The one thing I learnt from this experience, is that basically it is not easy. It is not easy to get a job, it is not easy to have a new rhythm, it is not easy to have a social life, and working and studying at the same time. It is not always easy to think about yourself and your wellbeing when there are so many changes in your life. But what I also learnt, is that, no one will do all these steps for you and no one will take your hand to walk you through. And at the end, there is a great feeling of accomplishment and I wish each and every one of you would experience it, ’cause that’s worth it!

So as you understood, all these major steps kinda happened together and within a 5/6 month time so, they are quite tightly linked to one another. But let’s talk a little about this moving process!

I studied in Lund University, Helsingborg campus, and so lived there for about 1 and a half-year. I came in Sweden with 1 suitcase and 1 backpack – and that’s it. Well when packing time started, I realized how much stuff I got or bought along time. Because now I have something like 3 large suitcases and many bags! So moving was great to start a major wardrobe cleaning. I don’t often buy clothes, but “surprisingly” (to be read with sarcasm!) I have more sweaters and scarves than I ever owned hahah

But getting more things and accumulating them is not the moral of the story here. It is what made me realized how much I need to clean and give from what I don’t use anymore. It is so easy to stop by H&M or elsewhere and get a 5€ t-shirt without realizing that you don’t really need it. So now every season I just take all my clothes out of the closet and clean it, not by throwing away, but by giving. There are so many organizations and people who need clothes, so let’s not waste but recycle. At the end of the day, I have more space, and hopefully I put a smile on somebody’s face!

Last but not least, I graduated! Yaaaaaay! Finally, I’d say! After 5 years of (rather) intense studying, I finished my master’s degree, and I have to say that it feels good! It is quite a relief to be done studying, and most importantly for me, I’d be useful! Not that I was useless before but I’d be useful for a company and possibly for society too. So even if studying can be seen as “easy”, it doesn’t mean that it’s always smooth. Like for everything else, there are ups and downs, not everything is pleasant and it takes a lot of effort, energy and most importantly, commitment.

Ans this is the moral of this story, commitment. Everything I do I try to commit to it. If I took a decision, it’s because there is a reason behind it and at the end of the day, I need to assume it and so commit. It is clearly not easy to commit to something when it goes wrong, but I think it’s what’s most important in life as it applies to so many other things that one goes through in its life.

⇒ So here are the 3 most important things I learnt in 2018. I’d love to know what you learnt in 2018 or what’s the most important for you! Let me know in the comments!

⇒ Something specific you want to read about in 2019? Please leave a comment!



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