The rollercoaster of your early twenties

When I turned twenty, I was very happy to leave my teenage years behind. Puberty had felt like a long, frustrating, and exhausting battle. It is not easy being half- or fully grown up without having the actual rights and power of an adult. As a teenager, I had felt trapped in a world of helplessness, hormones, and chaos – and I wasn’t even your typical storm-out-of-the-room-and-slam-the-door kind of teenager. Continue reading

Let’s talk about friends

Years ago, when I was still a teenager dreaming about a fairy tale future, I decided I could never go and live abroad. It would be too hard to leave my friends behind, and I would not have the heart to do it.

Last November, after I’d been living abroad for about two months, I wrote the following after a desperately needed walk;

“…while I was out on my walk I was overcome with a feeling of deep love for this city and how it has welcomed me with many wonderful new experiences, opportunities and friends. At the same time I felt completely heartbroken that I wasn’t able to share this newfound love with my best friends from home. And that’s what being homesick is like for me.” Continue reading