“We must acknowledge the inspiring young women who have learned a lot already, who have had to deal with so much in their lives at a young age. Those who may not have the confidence to voice their struggles or a space to share their story and maybe think that their struggle isn’t inspirational, it’s just like everyone else’s. We all share common struggles and achievements in our lives but really EVERY SINGLE moment is unique to us.“
^ Extract from my Journal post at bathsparklingwine.co.uk/womenofbath
I know I felt like that growing up, waiting for a moment to do something big, share my story, and find like-minded people in the world. I knew throughout my school life that I had more to share and wanted to listen to others, find out their experiences/fears/dreams in life. I always thought very philosophically at school but I didn’t really know that at the time. I just thought I was an over thinker and maybe too emotional… But really, thinking back to that time in my life I was just waiting for the moment to speak out, share my story and experiences. Not for a sob story or any other reason, but to share with others. I wanted to remind some people to not take their life or their loved ones lives for granted. I know I’m not the only person to lose someone or to go through a traumatic event, and I am in no way saying I have had a tough life. I am extremely grateful for the life I have and my childhood, but because I got the biggest wake-up call at a very young age I was aware; since the age of 11, that every day is precious and that life shouldn’t be taken for granted.
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It is only in the past few years I have felt more and more passionate about sharing my story. But particularly right now, working with Bath Sparkling Wine, helping them build an inspiring movement in Bath. We are meeting some incredible inspirational women via our own platform, who have some powerful life lessons to share. It has really motivated me to speak out even more. This is why I am really happy to have a blog at this time in my life, the awkward twentysomething stage. This is why, if you are at the same stage as me, still working things out, you should start a blog too – so we can all start working out life together… (CHEESE) 😉
No one else will have my story, and no one else will have YOUR story. So, of course, it’s worth sharing.
It’s sometimes those stories you hear, maybe forget over the years but occasionally pop up in your mind, the stories that stick with you without you realizing. Those stories or hardships shared that maybe you thought didn’t touch you or have a profound effect on you at the time, but in the end actually, have an impact on your life and alter your perspective. YOUR story may be that turning point for someone – a friend or a stranger. YOU could impact their life by sharing your experiences with them. I think you should feel confident to share your life experiences, whatever age – share via your social media, blog, video or even just writing down a few notes in a notepad. Remember what you have achieved, what you have overcome and don’t put yourself down.
Don’t think that those achievements need to be grades, a degree, a job or anything else in that type of category. Of course, pat yourself on the back for your hard work but life isn’t defined by the marks you gets or how much you earn:
Life is defined by living it the way YOU want to live it.
I know my biggest personal achievements are the times when I am working out who I am (cheesy, I know) but learning to say NO, being friends with the people I actually want to be friends with, surrounding myself with positive people and finally opening up about my anxieties I have kept hidden away for over 12 years. It is so refreshing to be truly honest with yourself, living your life the way you want to live it. It might sound super cheesy and some of you might be thinking “Oh no, she’s off on another sentimental tangent again”, but actually think about it. You only have one life so why waste it being negative (or being surrounded by negativity) or even living your life by someone else’s rules.
Every story is worth telling.