One thing I’ve learnt since coming to university is how to be more positive.
I surround myself with people that make me happy and ignore those that bring me down. And this really makes all the difference on your mood.
Once you get rid of negative people, you feel so much more free and in control of your life. You can start living your life for yourself and stop living it through someone else’s desires.
I visited Bath with my classmates and lecturers and it was honestly one of the most fun experiences I have ever been a part of. It was just like going on holiday with your friends for a week, not once did I stop and think I was on a university trip.
I visited Macdonald Hotel Spa and Thermae Bath Spa, toured the Roman Baths, visited Bath’s most famous sites, somehow managed to spend hundreds of pounds in and around the millions of shops they have, as well as going for dinner and drinking cocktails every night.
It sounds unreal, right? Too good to be true.
When I say it out loud, yes, it sounds too good to be true.
But why can’t it be true?
We have set ourselves up to expect the worse. Especially those of us who suffer from mental health issues.
When something is going good, we are are so happy yet so scared at the same time. It’s like we cannot enjoy it because we feel like it is a dream, like someone is messing with us. Why would life let me be this happy for nothing?
But it was real. No catch. No unexpected turns.
I drank, I laughed, I socialised, I toured, I relaxed, I shopped, I was happy.
And it would not have been the same without the people I was with.
I see everything I do now as a lesson, an experience.
Sure, Bath was like a holiday, it was fun and made me happy. But I view it as a way of showing me that good things can happen, you can have nice things for nothing, as long as you make it a positive experience.
I could have chosen to sit in my room all day but I didn’t.
I got out and explored. I decided to treat myself to that cake, I chose to add that extra pair of shoes to my basket, I wanted to go out with my friends, my lecturers, to meet new people.
Always say yes to new things, even if you do not feel up to it, or you’re scared. Sometimes it is okay to have time to yourself, but never miss an opportunity, it could be one of the best decisions you make.
Surround yourself with good people, make memories, take pictures, appreciate the views, admire old buildings, walk the ground that has been standing underneath your feet for so very long.
I am so very grateful I got to see such a historical and beautiful place, but even more so grateful that it has enhanced my view on positivity.
Bath has symbolised a way of living for me.
Go out. Explore. Laugh.
Positivity breeds positivity.
Get rid of those negative people and start fresh with a new group that brings you up when you are a down and appreciates that life can be beautiful.