Lets witness the last 5 years of my life together in photos and we shall see the difference.
Over the last 5 years, I have grown as a person. I have noticed a change in myself and the people I surround myself with. Everyone will have an impact on your life but its up to you who you let shape your life with you.
5 years ago, I would have been 15 years old and back then I was the most socially awkward person you have ever met. I would have been leaving school and heading up to college. Back then I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, I was only 15! Being awkward, I kinda just kept to myself during college and stuck with my school friends and then if their new friends made an effort with me then I would make an effort back.
Thinking back on my college days, I had tons of friends but not many of them I keep in contact with. My close friends below have helped shape me into the person I am today and I am so grateful to each one of them.
Now this man has been there for me since day 1 of college pretty much. When I left college to do my apprenticeship, I lost contact with all of my close friends and kept to myself but I reached out to him and we met up. Since that day, we have been best friend ever since. I have see this man overcome some of his greatest fears and blossom into a gorgeous butterfly.
One of my oldest close friend since moving down here. We have know each other for nearly 7 years now. I can always turn to him when I need a shoulder to cry on or need a good chuckle. He literally would do anything to make me happy. We have had so many days out together and memories I wouldn’t change. Looking back on photos now makes me realise how much people actually do change.
Although I have not known George for the past 5 years, I’ve known him for 6 months and its safe to say he is one of my closest dearest friends. Over the last 6 months, we have had so many ups and downs and I really wouldn’t change a day of it. He’s always at the end of the phone for me and will come see me when I need a good cuddle and a cry. With everything I have been through (anxiety, depression and break ups) he has been there to reassure me.
Of course its not just my friends who have helped shape me into the person I am today, family matters too. My parents have always been there to listen to me ramble on and have a good ol’ bitch about the people who have made my life a misery. They will sit with me, give me cuddles when I have been a complete mess, came and got me from parties when I have been drunk and will always give me advice whether I like it or not. And of course, I can’t forget my gorgeous siblings. Even though they are young and don’t really understand the world yet (my brother is 7 and my sister is 5 months old) they never fail to put a smile on my face. My baby sister will give me cuddles and a babble. She will sit and giggle with me when I pull funny faces at her and this always makes me feel better. My brother will make me play games with him or play with the Snapchat filters. He’ll give me cuddles when I’m sad and be a massive pain in the bum when I’m happy.
In the last 5 years, I have changed into a better person. I’ve had my ups and downs but life is one big lesson and we are learning every day. Instead of being that closed off shy girl I once was, I am now bursting with confidence and will always just be myself. If anyone doesn’t like it, I’m happy to show them the door. Who needs that type of negativity anyway s right?
As always, until next time! Lauren x