I am 23

In Essays, news

This was originally published on the 31st of December 2013, and I am now publishing it again

Well, today is my birthday and I’m now 23!

Looking back on 2013 I can confidently say that it’s been my best year yet. I’ve gone a long way, quite literally. I am now living roughly 8000km away from where I started the year.

I’ve been at my most creative yet.

It’s been my most profitable year, both in terms of monetary income and life experiences.

I have had readership on this website increase fifteen-fold in twelve months. (Thanks for reading, by the way)

I’ve started three business and getting ready to launch another three in the new year.

I’ve cycled up an active volcano – twice.

I managed an international language school for two months during the summer.

I visited five countries.

I’ve got fitter.

I also managed to get drunk in 3 different cities in two different countries in 3 days, including a shot of tequila in a kebab shop. (Classy, I know)

I’ve made new friends met a lot of interesting people and cut back on a lot of the things that I thought were necessary to live a “complete life”.

I manage to develop, and cure myself, of the fear of flying, all in less than a year.

I haven’t eaten meat in 2013 (mind you, I didn’t eat meat in 2012 either!)

I’ve also had some negatives.I fell off and I was almost knocked unconscious on my bicycle. I was hit by a car quite badly while cycling too. I split up a 3 and half year relationship but then had the chance to meet some other incredible people.

But then again even more great stuff has happened. I’ve seen “the last supper” in person and even managed to take a sneaky photo with the Pentax K1000.

I’ve seen my brother after 18 months apart.

I’ve posted over 200,000 words here on AndBeThere.com.

I’ve fully embraced Stoicism. (This is a big one for me)

I drink less coffee, but still more than I should.

I learnt, the hard way, how to have cold showers every day. (Hint: My flat doesn’t have hot water – Yes. You read that correctly.)

I learn how to use Bullet Journal and I’m more organised for it.

I cried, just the once, for the first time in years.

I took what, in my opinion, is my best photo yet:

lovely cefalu

I cycled over 1300 in the month of April, completing a Strava Challenge. Physically one of the toughest things I have ever done.

I’ve moved house twice and then six months later moved to the other side of the world.

I’ve learnt how to give myself a complete workout using only my bodyweight and nothing else.

I now regularly wake up early.

I don’t compulsively check my email.

I now live with only 47 things. It was 50, but I lost a few things along the way.

This year has been great, and it’s gone so fast, it just reminds me how little time I have and how many things I want and have to do.

I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store.