Last week I turned 26, which as anyone who knows me can testify, I have been absolutely dreading. I hate getting older! I just want to stay young and care free for as long as possible. For me, turning another year older means I have to accept I am actually a proper adult, with adult responsibilities, an adult job, etc. and sometimes I just feel like I am not ready for that at all.
Of course, there is nothing you can do to stop ageing and so instead of continuing on in despair and moaning every time someone mentioned my birthday, I decided to take some time to reflect on being 25, which has been my favourite age so far, and all the things I would like to achieve at the grand age of 26.
On Being 25.
Like I said, 25 was my favourite age. For starters, it’s a whole quarter of a century, an age that to me, always felt kinda cool to say. For my 25th birthday, I was in Melbourne, Australia, with some amazing friends. I’d just started a fun job, where I made loads of Aussie mates, who’ll be friends for life. I loved living in Melbourne with my girl friends, going to rooftop bars, open air cinemas, weekend brunch seshes and generally just living my best life. I went to the Splendour in the Grass festival in Byron Bay and saw some of my favourite bands/artists like Haim, Vera Blue, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Vance Joy, and spent the entire three days covered in glitter.
In August I moved back to the UK and after an amazing adventure filled trip to Madeira, which you can read about here, I moved to my favourite city, Liverpool. I got a job working in social media and a dreamy little flat with my cousin Emma, right in town, and spend our weekends hitting up cocktail bars, visiting food markets and getting pizza at 1am.
Goals for my 26th year
Looking back, I feel like I achieved a lot in the last year. I had adventures, I travelled, moved to a new city and got a job and an apartment. Basically, being 26 has a tough year to follow! I’m in the second half of my twenties, and to me that means it’s time to start looking to the future and getting a bit more adult, whilst still having as much fun as possible. I want to continue travelling as much as possible, something I’ve gotten a real love for over the last few years, and tick off a load more countries on my bucket list. So far this year, I’m going to Paris, Amsterdam and Scotland, with plans for Iceland, and sailing around the Greek islands in the air too.
Moving to a new city has come with its struggles. Even though I have most of my family around me, and I spend a lot of time with my cousins, I’m yet to make any friends of my own. This is going to be one of my main goals this year, to get out there and meet new people. The idea alone is absolutely terrifying and so many people I talk to agree that making new friends in your twenties is so much harder, but it’s something I’m determined to do.
Celebrating my birthday surrounded by all my friends, drinking porn star martinis and dancing up a storm, definitely made turning 26 a lot easier to bare. Talking about my anxiety about getting older with the people I love most, helped me realise how irrational my fears were, and whilst they are not completely gone, and probably never will be, I feel a lot more able to face them head on.
I feel positive that 26 is going to be a great year for me. I’ll continue getting pizza at 1am, fulfilling my travelling dreams, and drinking excessive amounts of prosecco – basically I’m determined to make the most of my twenties, and achieve all my goals.
Does anybody else have similar thoughts about getting 26 and any tips on how to deal with it? Let me know!