I was seven years old. I lived in He Nan China, surrounded by my loved ones and
friends. I enjoyed my everyday life, I played the piano, went to dance and gymnastic
lessons and enjoyed my school.
However, soon after I joined Primary school my parents made the decision that we were
going to England, my dad was going to get a master degree there.
I knew that it meant I have to leave behind a lot of things. But I felt like none of it sank
in, like it was not going to happen for another 500 years.
But when it all did, I was so excited but upset as well. I would miss the company of
those I loved, the comfort of my home, the heat of the sun, the shops and the
countryside. I felt alone and frightened.
When I arrived in England, however, all the scared thoughts disappeared replaced with
excitement. The place looked so beautiful and clean. It was a completely new
atmosphere - places to explore, people to meet and new things to do. It was like a blank
canvas waiting to be painted on.
But things did not always go the way I wanted it to.
I did not speak the language, I did not know anyone, I was so scared.
But despite that I was determined to keep strong, work hard at whatever I chose and
hold my head up.
After that I learned to enjoy my life here. I made friends, explored places, learned new
things and made the most of whatever I had. Of course there are times when I am upset
and miss China. But I learned to adapt and think about all the good things here.
Now I am thirteen years old. I live in Newcastle with my parents. I have my group
friends, I enjoy my life, play the violin, go to various clubs, activities and enjoy my
Now I know, changes are not always bad, they bring great things.