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Sunday, 4 September 2016

YOU DON'T KNOW MY JOURNEY












Outfit goals, highlight on fleek and perfectly primped hair (kind of), ready for my photoshoot around and about London. Any teenage girls dream...right? Not what I initially had thought mine to be, the 13 year old me wanted to be an all singing, all dancing, triple threat, destined for the stage. She definitely wasn't going to stop until she got there. But a little thing called life got in the way. A relationship ended. One of those guys that every 17 year old girl has to fall in love with, in order to realise that she probably shouldn't have ever fallen in love with him - even if she didn't realise it at the time. It had stripped me down so much as a person, got rid of all of that bubbly confident personality within, and I was left with no choice other than to rebuild myself, day by day. 

"I'd lost my identity and it was up to me to find it again"


That I did. I made myself into the young woman that I am today and whilst there's still a part of me that grieves the old me, I know there's times when she's still there. It's taken me a lot to get me to standing here today and there are days when I completely question everything I'm doing. Having someone say to me the other day "I need to get my sh*t together, like you!", completely shocked me, because Eefs sh*t is 150% not together right now. But I guess you'd never know that looking at those pictures, right? 

The reality of my life is, I make mistakes, trust me my world isn't as picture perfect as it sometimes seems. I have really crap days, and despite the exterior that's oozing with sass and confidence that everyone may see. There's days when I struggle to cover up the scars from the issues in my past and the problems that are occurring in my present. It's so easy in this day and age (particularly with the increase in social media trends), to assume that because we don't see the hardships that there is none and what a heartless assumption to make! My problems existed when I was Aoife the dancer, they followed me through when I was Aoife working in Topshop and they stay with me now that I'm Aoife the Blogger. Your job title or social media following doesn't make you exempt to life's crap. So despite what you see on the outside, you don't know what punches life might be throwing at that person. You don't know what internal or external battle that person is fighting. 


“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be Kind, Always.”


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