February 23, 2018

On Turning 21 | Older and Wiser?

I've finally reached the age that I would always refer my 'much older' cousins to. Twenty one and above felt like such a distant age to me, always a long way away. I just seem to think I'm forever 16, mentally and physically. When I told my manager at work I was twenty one she said I still look 12... in a good way apparently. It's the age when most people have their lives sorted, get houses and start to have kids. Pretty sure my mum was pregnant at the age of twenty one. I'm sat here in bed with my teddy bear dog, in my Disney pyjamas thinking about what to have for dinner or if I can be bothered to get out of bed and go to they gym. Is this adulting?

The simple thought of all of that gives me shivers. I'm nowhere near that stage in my life. I still don't know who I am, never mind look after another human being. Each year I'm learning new lessons, travelling to new places and figuring out what it is that I want to do with my life. I still have solid 10 years to sort myself out.

In some way though, I do feel more mature. It's not something that happened when the clock turned 12 on my birthday, it's more of a process I think. You go through life having to tackle day to day life which prepares you for adulthood. I think university has matured me a lot too. Having to do a lot of group work, I'm learning to work with other people and understand what it'll be like in the real world when I have a full time job. I've also learned to network and create opportunities for myself. Starting my own society has been the biggest part of year 2 at university. Blogging Society has been my little baby which has grown with its ups and downs. Me and my lovely committee have started something new and essentially brought people together through a common interest. It's been hard work but it's also been an incredible journey where I got to meet some amazing people. Living on my own for two years has also taught me a lot. Well, I guess I live with flatmates but I don't have my mum running after me telling me to clean my room. I'm still not amazing at that part but I'm getting there.

Maybe it's because the times have changed? People are getting married and have kids at a later stage in their life, it's almost weird to be married at twenty one. I think it's great that men and women are discovering who they are and what they really want to do for the rest of their life before they jump to parenthood. We should treasure this time and try new things, explore new places and find out who we really are.

It's been nice to reflect on everything and re-evaluate the stage of my life. I'm so excited for all the new opportunities to come my way.

Thanks for reading, Dom x


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