The last assignments were handed in, the bags were packed, and the bittersweet journey home completed. Time to start afresh – bring all that knowledge and experience of the last three years together – and get that career on track.
Ideally, I would now be working full time in a media based role; whether that’s working within digital media, or with a magazine and pursuing my writing/photography. I would have the means and the time to travel whenever and wherever I want. See those glorious landscapes in person, climb up mountains, dive in clear waters, walk through jungles and weave through busy market stalls.
In reality, I’m still living at home (not unusual for a graduate 7 months out, I’m aware!) and I’m in a part time job that isn’t paying anywhere near enough at the moment. Low periods, eh. I can feel myself settling and I’m not comfortable here. I’m not ready to settle down. I want to explore. I want to experience new things. I want. Want. We all know that saying: ‘I want’ doesn’t always get.
As I post this, I’m declaring that these next few years are all about finding my path, saving up some money, and someday travel for a least a month or two. It will take a lot of hard work – I’m not blind to that fact – but I know it’ll be worth it when I get there. I think it’s time to start taking control of my life again, and pushing forward. The hardest part is just finding those opportunities, but they’re out there. If I push myself, I can do whatever I want to do. I’m not finished yet.
But hey, you know what, I’m 22 (almost 23, eek!) and I have experienced great places in my life so far. They may not be completely around the world, but does that really matter? In college I had a photography based trip out to Venice. It was my first ‘proper’ trip away without parents and I really loved it. Then I was lucky enough to visit Finland in my second year of university where I saw bears and wolves, and even got a glimpse of the Northern Lights. That has hands down been my favourite travel trip so far. And then last year I tried out scuba diving for the first time and actually managed to complete two dives, seeing lots of fish and taking video footage. I’ve had more experiences than I realise.
This year I want to explore my local area more because there’s always something new to find. I need to pick my camera back up and document life. And whilst we’re here, I thought I’d show you some landscapes that I’ve taken from a few different places. Wouldn’t it be great to fill up a portfolio of different landscapes eh? The land is fascinating, and I just really love photographing it. Hope you enjoy!