I have, right now, been 26 for 6 days, 9 hours and 23 minutes. In that time, I’ve shared a bottle of champagne with my love, been to a delicious Indian restaurant, had cakes with my housemates, spend an evening in Victoria Park with friends, chilled out on a terrace outside London, enjoyed the silence, slept a lot, worked a bit, been to 2 gigs, and generally just been a happy bunny. If this is what 26 looks like, I’m in!
But with birthdays comes questions. Panicky questions mostly, and rather existential, almost going as far as ‘what is the meaning of life’ sort of questions. When ever I tell people my age, the reaction I’ve had most times is ‘Ah, you’re just a baby!’, which, although nice, is also a bit worrying, as it must mean I still don’t have a clue as to what is going on. I’ve learned that it’s better not to moan about age, as there is always someone older who will shame you for it, or, someone will reply with the standard comment ‘Well, it’s better than being dead!’.
You can do a lot of things in 26 years. This guy for example, spend 26 years solving the Rubik’s cube. Although that’s quite an achievement, I’m quite happy I didn’t spend my last 26 years doing that. Looking back, I’m actually not quite sure what I have done. I guess I’ve spend most of the time growing up and doing things that everybody does. But every single thing, every small choice, every conversation, and every person who has been in my life in those years have shaped me into what I am today.
So what will my 26 year be like? It’s hard to say really. I do have a few objectives though;
-Finish my degree. This time next year I’ll be close to my graduation ceremony, hopefully with a result I’ll be happy with.
-Find out which master to do, and if I want to do one straight away, or if I want to do one at all. This is quite a big one.
-Stop living in a houseshare. This will be the end of an era, and I honestly cannot wait to share a flat with my love.
-Do more exercise. It just has to be said…. and done, hopefully.
-Possibly get a proper job. This depends on the master-thing though. I can’t wait to find a job that I actually like (Well, fingers crossed).
-Paint a lot more, which has already been initiated, and it feels awesome.
But really, anything is possible. Bring it on 26!