Turning Points.

A different kind this week.

I don’t reminisce much, I’d rather take each day as it goes and plan ahead for what needs to be done, but the rare time when I do it’s usually about a very prominent time. 2015 isn’t just about when hoverboards are due to arrive on October 21st, but it’s also 10 years to the day since I got the GCSE results.

You know when times like these happen, and you know that you’ve got a real chance to do something different that you’ve been hoping for, for a very long while.
You’ve probably had it in a different way, be it from meeting that one person to change your perspective, or that job you got the call for. But you remember the moment, and you don’t forget the turning point. It’s mainly why you’re where you are now.
I never felt that more than 10 years ago today, and sometimes I do ponder what the present would be like if the time of 2005-2007 never occurred.

I remember the whole day, from when I left to get my results, to working a shift, to going to a results party with friends, being on a total high, culminating with starting the time I’d long been hoping for the following week.
It’s as if it was a fork in the road, and you know that while it’s happening, it’s a time that you have to make the most of, more than usual.

25th August 2005 was one of two major turning points for me in the last 10 years, and not a day goes by when I don’t think about that period and the following year. It’s why there’s a picture of it in my front room, and why it’s in the centre of the frame it’s in. It’s how the other photos came to be in the following years.
I’d do a lot to visit that first year, even for a few hours, and it’s only now that I feel as content, if not more as I did back then.

And so today is a time where I’ll be reminiscing and appreciating what’s happening now, and what there should be to come.
Always take that leap of faith and see where it takes you. If you’re hoping for the result you want, you’ll do what’s necessary to obtain it, not just post a quote on your social network of choice, think those 15 likes will increase the chances and hope for the best.

If I could, I’d also tell my 12 year old self that it’s going to work out.
A hell of a lot of patience will be needed, but eventually it’s going to pay off. You’re going to have a time that you’re going to genuinely enjoy at last.
You’ll finally be with decent people throughout, of who you’ll still be in contact with ten years on. Some you’ll be at their wedding, one you’ll be a godfather to their child, and others you’ll happily see to talk to in passing even when you haven’t even seen them in 4 years. They’ll always be worth the time.
You’ll be laughing each day and not wanting them to end. It will also be a cause and effect which will lead to other things, and into avenues that you didn’t realise you had access to.
But most of all, everything will be fine, and what you’re hoping for each day is going to happen.

And to those who were there at that time ten years ago and didn’t know it: Thank you.

To the next ten years.