Sunday, 25 May 2014

The Sunday Edit #2

Hello all! This week I've been feeling rather reflective. I've mostly been thinking about my life, where it's heading and, strangely, my education. As you already know (because I've droned on and on about it for the past few months, so sorry) I finished university recently and I now feel like I don't know what to do with myself. I've been in education for the best part of 18 years, and am a person who craves structure and routine, so being more or less on my own now makes me feel quite anxious.

It makes me wonder, do you ever wish you could live parts of your life again? Whether that's a day in your past, a long summer holiday, or even just a few hours when you felt happiest, sometimes I think we all deserve a bit of reflection. I know some people say that you shouldn't live in the past, but it's important we don't forget where we came from. Our past makes us who we are today, after all. 

I would love to know which moments of your past you would like to relive again, because for me, I wish I could go back to my primary school years. Those early years when you were clueless, but didn't have a care in the world. You're just figuring out who you are and what you like. I remember when I first started school and we were on half-days, and I went home at lunchtime with my best friend and we ate peanut butter sandwiches (the photographs in our school uniform were from that very day!) Strong memories of taking part in the village parade as an oompa loopma, playtimes on the school field in the summer term, making up dances, doing cartwheels and handstands, making daisy-chains, playing jumprope (I had the coolest rainbow skipping rope), involving the whole class in Red Rover, Cat & Mouse, Bulldog, Hokey Cokey etc. You name a 90s school game, I'm sure we all played it at one point or another! 

I loved having the same teacher for the first three or four years of my school life. Her name was Miss Thefault and she was my absolute favourite person. As the reception and year 1 class we sat on the alphabet carpet in front of a huge heavy TV set to watch El Nombre and Numbertime, sometimes Play Days with Rosie the magical roundabout that took you on adventures. We also used to play on the oldest Mackintosh's ever, on a game called Granny's Garden with the most terrifying witch that always took you by surprise when you picked the wrong option. I just remember feeding junk food to a load of dragons in one level, haha! I wish I could go back to that. Back to the days when the most nerve-wracking thing was presenting in the class assembly in front of the rest of the school and your parents. When you would base your reading skills on the adventures of Biff, Chip and Kipper. When Mr Champion (yes, real name) would bring in his guitar and we would all sit around him and sing silly songs. When it was your turn to man the overhead projector in an assembly. When the library bus made its rounds and it was so exciting when it was your turn to choose a book. When we would walk down the road to the church for the harvest festival every autumn. When you made paper snowflakes and decorated the classroom for Christmas. When you learned to swim in the freezing pool, and earned your cycling proficiency certificate. When you made your first carrot cupcake in the smallest baking room ever. When you upgraded to year 6 and felt like a total boss...

I guess what I'm trying to say is that my strongest memories from education, and life really, will always be from where I first started. I walk past my primary school now and everything has changed. It makes me kind of sad! One thing I'm going to tell my children is to enjoy school and never take it for granted. Your school years have the potential to be the best years of your life, and you can't do it over again so you have to make it count. So now, I sit here (yes, rewatching episodes of Play Days on YouTube...) feeling very nostalgic and still unsure about my future. It's so scary to think I am, in theory, a proper adult now. I feel very lucky to have had such a brilliant education experience but I now have the freedom to be whoever I want to be! Let's just hope that my degree wasn't for nothing!

I would love to know what your strongest memories are, educational or not! What part of your life would you like to go back to and relive?
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  1. I would love to go back and relive all the time I spent as a child with my grandparents. I moved to Ireland when I was 10, leaving them behind and that seems like a much bigger deal now than it did then. Great post, really enjoy your writing. :)

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    1. Awh that's really sweet! Thank you for sharing! Xx

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  2. Ah I loved reading this - completely forgot about El Nombre but it was one of my favourites! I'd quite like to go back and redo secondary school - to relieve the last year of sixth form which was the happiest I've ever been. But also so I'd know that the people that used to intimidate me don't matter and to be happier in my own skin :) xx
    www.LaurasHaven.com

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    1. I'm pretty sure every British 90s kid had to watch El Nombre at one point or another! I hated maths but I loved that show, haha! That's so true. In high school I became a lot more insecure and there was so much pressure to fit in. It's good to know that other people experienced the same! I hope you're happier in your own skin now! Xx

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  3. I loved El Nombre although I kept it to myself when I was at primary school as it wasn't "cool" to like the things we were forced to watch. I'm sure everyone secretly loved it but were just too scared to admit it.
    I would happily do my college days again not because it was an overly happy time but because I want to change how I treated people. I was the bitchiest person going when I was a teenager and probably hurt a lot of people's feelings as a result. I still am very direct but I know when to bite my tongue and to be more considerate to other people.

    Raise The Waves

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    1. It wasn't cool for you guys? Our class loved it openly, haha! Perhaps we were a bunch of nerds! That's a very different way of looking back on things. We could all be pretty bitchy in high school/college/sixth form. I honestly think it's all part of growing up! I'm sure you weren't as bad as you think, you seem lovely! Xx

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  4. What a lovely post - and it's always nice to look back at the past and things that makes you smile. I wish I could go back to my GCSE's and give myself a good kick in the bum, to stop myself from obsessing over boys and my looks and concentrate on my education. Don't get me wrong, I'm doing a good degree now and I'm a clever (I think so!) girl, but the things I could have achieved if I put my mind to it!

    At the same time, don't worry about the future but look forward to it and just remember, education is never over. You can always go back to do an MA at some point in your life, or another degree/qualification. And when you get a job you'll always be learning, and when/if you go off travelling, you'll always be learning.

    Life is one big lesson! Woo... I'm inspirational ;) Haha

    Thanks for sending me your link on the #lbloggers chat last night btw, I love discovering new blogs :) Hope you get the chance to look at mine and looking forward to reading more from you :)

    Vicky xxx
    Lots of Love, Me.

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    1. Thank you Vicky! I agree with you. I don't think teens get enough credit these days with all the pressure they get put under, and still be able to achieve good grades at the end of it all. Winds me up when people say exams are getting easier. I'd like to see them take a literature exam for a BA and then say that! Life IS one big lesson, you're so right there! No problem hun, will check out your blog this afternoon! Xx

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  5. We had a teacher called Mr Champion too! This is a lovely post, it's nice reminiscing about the past and if I could go back I'd like to start secondary school all over again so I could change a lot of things! But I don't really think about it, today is the most important thing :) x

    Josie’s Journal

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    1. Oh my god, maybe it's the same guy! He did travel around quite a bit as a substitute teacher so it's quite possible. Thank you Josie! I agree with you. It's nice to look back on your life but there's no point in dwelling on things that you can't change! Xx

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  6. I SO remember Biff, Chip and Kipper! And Funny Bones lol. Loved primary school... I loved reading time with our free school milk and playing Acky 123 (?) in the playground. Think that's what it was called, don't remember the rules haha!

    I didn't go to uni but after 3 years of college the first year or two out of it was a bit of a blur. You have to find yourself, almost. It's just such big changes that affect us that's all, everything will fall into place!

    Dayner x // mozzypop.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Oh man, I loved Funny Bones too, was so stoked when they made it into a cartoon series! And yes, we used to play Acky 123 as well but we called it Forty Forty, I think. So fun reminiscing! I'm ready to be lost for the next year or so, haha! Hopefully I'll find my feet again, once I know what I actually want to do with my life. Definitely will be enjoying this summer, despite working nights! Xx

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  7. Love this trip down memory lane. Primary school was fun & all about friendships. I do wish I could relive my secondary schools days & not worry so much about fitting in or being geeky, I wish I had used the time a little more wisely. I wouldn't change things now as I have come to be me but it would be nice to do it again

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    1. I totally understand that! I think there's always something we'd like to change upon reflection xx

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  8. I have the solution to all your problems :) work in a school! I still get to enjoy all these things every day AND get paid for it! Biff, Chip & Kipper are still around and still the stories I read at school, we walk to church for harvest & carols, the library bus comes to visit and I obsessively make snowflakes at Christmas...I am the biggest kid in my class haha living the dream ♡


    Don't worry I am now 5 years post graduation (eeeek!) and still have no clue what I really want to do long term...things have a funny way of finding you so enjoy the adventures slong the way xx

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    1. Oh Kristie, if I loved kids I totally would be a teacher but I definitely don't have the patience for them unfortunately! I think I'd end up shouting and swearing at them, haha! Not good! But it must be so awesome reliving everything you experienced in primary school but as an adult. I long to be a big kid! You've done so many amazing things already though! I think I need to get out there and just go for it. I probably won't even end up doing anything with my degree but hey ho - I just want to be happy (and rich!) bahaha xxx

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