During the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015 I was having the most stressful time of my life. My life was a complete mess and the only thing I wanted to do was cry. I was about to turn 18 and I wasn’t enjoying my life. For this reason, I decided that my summer would be the best summer so far. I decided that I wanted to spend a month abroad on my own.
I didn’t ask my parents for permission, although they were pleased to let me go, as they knew I was too stressed. I kept it all secret as I didn’t want anyone to ruin my trip. Later I decided to tell my friends about it all and they thought I wouldn’t do it because I didn’t have enough time and I didn’t have enough money. I don’t know how, but all the teachers at school found out about it and they thought I wouldn’t do it, which I will never understand why.
When I realized I didn’t have any support, I started working by teaching children, I worked with my father, and I sold some stuff on the internet. Yes, it added even more stress to my life but I knew what I wanted to achieve and that gave me motivation.
I started to look for an apartment in London (I didn’t know how difficult that would be) but I couldn’t get the right one. It was then that I realized I couldn’t do everything on my own, so I decided to ask a friend who has a sister in Windsor if she could help me find an apartment there. The result was better than I had expected, her sister offered me a room to stay at a very low price, which I will always be grateful for. Then I explained the situation to a teacher that I really admired, even though I have never told her, and she gave me the best advices I could’ve had. She said I should find something to do in England so I paid for an English course and I volunteered at a charity shop in Windsor. I achieved my goal and I enjoyed the experience a lot. I will never forget what I learned during my first month living abroad.
1. Goals are necessary in everybody’s life. 2. You can always achieve what you want. 3. You may need help to do something, ask for it and accept it.
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