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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Life Is More Than Academic Skills

For some reason I always manage to surround myself with people who have great and interesting college degrees, there is not one person I know that doesn't have one or that is not studying at the moment. Even though I've learned to accept I don't have one and probably never will have that piece of paper in my hands, I still find it very frustrating and I need to remind myself every single day that there is more to life than academic skills.

I've attempted university twice and both times I was incredibly miserable so I wouldn't go back for the world but it still nibbles at my self esteem once in a while. Ever since I was a kid I felt like everything you were taught in school was so freaking useless, which is not entirely true but not entirely false either. You're not taught how the world actually works and every single piece of common sense and instinct is kicked out of your brain like it's a disease. At my university they hammered on that last one even more: following your instinct was wrong, always! They tried to explain there was a logic set of rules for everything. You can imagine that as a highly sensitive person who thinks with their emotions and trusts their instinct more than people, that was a huge problem haha. I don't regret for one little bit that I travelled abroad to work as I learned so much about life and, in my opinion, matured much faster than anyone else my age but I have a hard time giving myself credit for it and I'm having a hard time figuring out what I want to do with the rest of my life.


  1. Hi x I've been following your YouTube channel for a while and I didn't realise we are so alike! I am also going through phases of depression, anxiety and I am also really sensitive person. And I went travelling when everyone else was doing University degree.(I also lived in Belgium:))
    I just wanted to send you hugs:)! I feel like since I turned 25, every year has given me more perspective on who I am, what I want from life and I am finally getting longer spurts of positive energy. Therapy (I know you already do that) helped, because I focus on finding who I am which helps with my mental problems. And lately after so many years I have finally started to get out every day, park and yesterday I went for a run which is a massive deal for me. I feel like I crossed the wall that was between me and world and want to keep it up.

    I hope you have a nice weekend and best of luck to you :) xx you're a lovely person.

    1. Hey Hey! Thank you so much for your lovely message, I usually reply to comments straight away but this one made me a little emotional :) in a good way of course. I always picture people at 25 to be on top of everything and it makes me feel lonely, hearing other people's stories reminds me that what my brains tells me is not always right and that struggling to find yourself is okay, and that it takes time. I'm happy you're doing so well, that you're breaking barriers and that it feels good to get out of your comfort zone. I hope you had a nice weekend as well, take care <3 Xxxx Jolien :)


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