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An Eye Opener..

An Eye Opener..

Walking is really not something that I do but recently I have realised that when you need a walk – it is really relaxing and makes you feel good on the inside.

Now the last time that I went for a walk on my own I couldn’t even tell you. I never walk, especially not by myself – but the other day I had been stuck in the house on my own all day studying (for the exams I have just done) and none of my friends would come out because they were studying. I felt that I had done enough work so i started procrastinating and after an hour or so I was bored, none of my friends would go out with me and my family were busy so I decided to take a walk by myself. The sun was starting to go down so I decided to walk down to the beach and take my camera for company. (not the beach I talked about in a recent post) The big beach that has a beautiful promenade and lots of pebbles and stunning scenery and in the summer is buzzing with excited kids throwing rocks into the sea and smothering ice creams all over their faces.

On the walk down to the beach, I didn’t have my music in, I wasn’t texting people on my phone – I just took the time to walk by myself and think. I didn’t really have anything to think about but I was just wandering on my own and I felt so peaceful every step I took just seemed slow and steady and for once I actually enjoyed walking!! What normally would have seemed like a trek and a very tiring walk turned out very enjoyable. Before I knew it I was at the front leaning on the railings overlooking the calm lapping waves against the pebbles down below.

It was about 6pm on a Sunday evening so there weren’t loads of people about – I could see dog walkers beneath me throwing balls to their dogs and a few people walked past me as I was standing looking out to the ocean. It was a very crisp evening – cold but not raining which I love, I love being able to see my warm breath in the cold air and feel the tingling in my nose as the cold numbs it. I Here in the UK the weather that we are getting a the moment is perfect. It isn’t raining much, it is just icy cold and that is just how I like it. I personally hate, hate, hate the rain- I hate ruining any shoes that I wear outside when its wet,  I hate walking to school in the rain and being damp for the rest of the day and of course the worst possible thing about the rain – when the bottom of your jeans get wet and stay wet for what seems like an eternity. That is why I love this icy cold weather – You can still go outside with loads of layers and feel nice and cozy. I can still walk to school and be compfortable (even if slightly cold) when I get there and I can look out of the window and actually see the sun most days.

That walk really opened my eyes, I realised that sometimes you can do things on your own. Normally I would have been terrified to walk all the way down to the beach in the dark – I never go anywhere in the dark!! But strangely i felt safe. I knew that I had a phone in my pocket and there were plenty of people walking around, so I wasn’t scared. I felt peaceful and glad that I went. I would never have gone for that walk if I really hadn’t needed some fresh air but i really enjoyed it and I am happy I did.

I had never actually been down to the promenade at this time of year in the dark – its beautiful. All old fashioned street lights lining the walkway above the beach with pretty multicoloured fairy lights connecting them. I couldn’t believe how peaceful I felt down there. Even though it was freezing cold – I didn’t feel cold, I felt a warm happy feeling that will stay with me for a long time. I must remember to do more things that I want to do – even if that means doing them on my own sometimes.

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Anyways, I’m off.

Beth x

A Friend 3833 Miles Away..

A Friend 3833 Miles Away..

Now, If you asked me just over a year ago if I would ever talk to somebody on the internet I would have said “No way” – Too many bad things happen to people who have friendships and relationships online. I still think that now, and even though I have the story I am about to share I would never speak to anyone online again – I think I got lucky!

So here goes; At one point last year I was insanely obsessed with a so called “celebrity” Sam Pepper (this is no longer the case but that is for a blog another time) and I heard that he was doing a tour in the US. Therefore I searched the hashtag ‘WDGAF’ (The name of their tour) and watched some videos of them up on the stage and photos of them doing their thing. I then went onto the meet and greet photos and after scrolling through I found a photo of a girl who met both Sam and Maz. I was so jealous that I commented saying just that. And to my astonishment she replied. That was the first time (and probably the last) that I had ever made contact with a stranger online. It was weird but intriguing at the same time – We chatted on twitter for a while and I really enjoyed talking to her but I suddenly remembered the inappropriate responses that could happen having watched the series ‘Catfish’ and reading stories on the news and asked to Skype – so that I knew it was her. And to my luck – it was!!

Ever since then, we haven’t stopped talking. That one first Skype call may have been slightly awkward but hey, how can it not be awkward when two strangers are talking for the first time!? After that ‘1st call’ when I knew that she was ‘a real person’ (to my relief) we chatted for hours on end about life in two different worlds as it seemed. At first life in the UK seemed so different to life in the US but as I got to know her that wasn’t the case. We may have differences – I am tall, she is short// I use pounds, she uses dollars// I call it ready meal, she calls it ‘TV dinner’ (still can’t get over that one) but when I think about it – we are no different, both teenage girls living their lives.. just living 3833 miles apart.

Sometimes I like the fact that we live so far away from each other – The ‘late night’ Skype calls for me to the ‘early morning’ Skype calls for her. The Skype calls that go on for 3 hours and it feels nothing like that! I also love sending her letters, with Facebook and Skype these days there is no need to send letters but Amy and I have definitely found it fun – especially if it arrives with foreign ‘candy’ as she calls it. It is so exciting. It is crazy to think that even though we have never met in person – we have known each other for nearly a year now – The first time I messaged her was on the 26th January 2014 and it is soon to be the 26th of January 2015.

It doesn’t seem to me like I have only known Amy for a year – it feels like I have known her for my whole life. I could message her with any problem or upset at any time of the day and she would reply with either something really helpful – or laugh at me (if it isn’t serious). She has also introduced me to my love of ‘MikeAndIke’s which I will be ever grateful for and has even introduced me to her sister who is amazing also. I’ve spent many nights talking to the both of them on Skype, laughing, joking, singing and talking about a time when we will meet – will we be 30,40,50?

What I am pretty much trying to sum up is that I chose the best instagram photo of the millions and millions posted around the world to comment on and I am so so lucky to have someone like Amy in my life!! It has been amazing to know Amy for a year and I hope for many more years to come! Love you Amzz!!

Anyways,

I’m of, Beth x