2018 – My Year in Review
I rang in 2019 watching the fireworks over Dublin from a rooftop in Templebar surrounded by so many of my favourite people. As I drank my millionth glass of Prosecco and took in the freezing faces on that rooftop all dancing to Auld Lang Syne in chorus with a blissfully unaware Templebar, I knew that I had struck it lucky. My 2018 had its fair share of stressful moments (starting new seat rotations in work and sitting yet another set of law exams will do that) but overall those little moments didn’t compare to the excellent memories and lessons that I’ve taken from 2018.
This year I attempted to conquer my fear of heights by doing my first skydive. It didn’t work of course, I’m still not comfortable peering over balconies or ledges, but I loved the experience. I passed my PPC1 exams. I came third in a moot court competition in Florida with two incredible women that I can now count among my closest friends. I swam in the hot springs in La Fortuna, Costa Rica and I drank Butterbeer in Diagon Alley in the theme parks of Orlando. I tasted my first / last Twinkie. I drove on the right-hand side of the road in a gorgeous automatic rental car that was without a doubt the most intimidating vehicle I’ve ever driven. I moved house, I visited Edinburgh, I bought my first car. I now Google bed linen more frequently than clothes.
2018 was my year of “adulting,” my year of somewhat actually knowing what I’m doing instead of just trying to give off that impression. Things didn’t always work out the way that I wanted them to, but I’m slowly working on my ability to accept that. The Costa Ricans have this saying that they recite en masse when you visit the place – Pura Vida. While technically translating to “Pure Life” I’ve been told that it means a hell of a lot more than that. It’s a mentality – a way of life. The idea is that bad things will happen no matter how good a person you are and that the secret behind an excellent life is having an excellent outlook. The Costa Ricans say that accepting the things that are beyond your control and appreciating that sometimes you’ll fail even when you do everything right, brings you strength and resilience when you need it most. I’m going to try to keep this in mind a lot more in 2019.
This year I’ve PPC2 to look forward to. I’ve a trip to Spain and a few weeks in Vietnam coming up in March and there’s a few other travel plans in the works for later this year. Aside from travel, I plan to make more of an effort to catch midweek events around Dublin and replace wasted social media time with coffees and catch ups with my wonderful friends. It’s a year where I’m going to try and work on my outlook and, as per the above, embrace pura vida.