Today is the first day of July. And also Monday. Which, yes, means a new blog post. So here goes.

After getting back from St Albans, and having had a good rest, on Tuesday and Wednesday, we made sure our new Keswick volunteer knows all of the important places and people and that she feels comfortable and welcome. We also spent some time in the office, getting some work done.

I should also mention that, on Wednesday, Keswick Ladies got their first win and it was absolutely brilliant. Never having been involved in team sports before, I have to say, celebrating a collective achievement feels really good. Everyone did their best on the pitch and we were rewarded.

Enough about football. On Thursday, we decided to take advantage of the amazing weather and the fact that both of us have got bikes now, and went for a cycle around the area. Luckily, we’re surrounded by lakes here, so we got to take a dip in Bassenthwaite Lake to cool down before making our way back. Needless to say, we weren’t used to this sort of weather anymore, so, even though sunblock was applied, the sun gave us a good little burn. It was a beautiful day to be out in the Lakes and I’m excited for more days like that.

On Friday, we set off early to visit Ben, our mentor and Momentum World Youth Development Manager, in Blackpool. It was going to be a day just as brilliant as the one before, so we were looking forward to spending it by the beach of Blackpool. We were greeted by the rail station by Ben and his dog Hugo. We spent a big part of the day walking and seeing Blackpool’s promenade as well as some locations only a local could show you. The weather, as anticipated, was great and we got loads of sun that day. Precisely for that reason, we were pretty tired at the end of the day, so we decided to stay in and cook dinner. Ben made us a fab stir fry and we watched the Women’s World Cup Quarter Finals while eating leftover pizza. A great way to end a fun and absolutely blistering hot day. Before leaving Blackpool on Saturday afternoon, we took Hugo for a walk in the park and then Ben showed us some cool locations in the city, one of which being a bar which has all day entertainment and was absolutely packed by about three o’clock. Then, after having the mandatory Fish ’n Chips by the seafront and a quick rain shower, Max and I jumped on our train to go back home.

Another eventful week has gone by and we are getting closer and closer to the finish line. This isn’t an invisible, creeping change, this is a clear line that we can already see. When we reach that line, everything changes. Just like that. Location, people, what we do. And it isn’t temporary, like this EVS, no, what is coming is a big step in life. And, ironically enough, I found out that it scares me. All my life I’ve done things unconventionally, jumped headfirst, put myself into uncomfortable situations, ignored my fear. But this big step frightens me. Sometimes it might feel like you can only make the right decision and a wrong decision, one you’ll get rewarded for making and one you’ll get punished for making. It’s time to realise that there is no fixed agenda. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thing that you do or don’t do. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the thing that scares us the most is probably worth pursuing.

By Emilia