I was 25 on 4th September. You probably already knew that from my endless tweets over the past month where I’m fretting and panicking about getting older and the fact that turning 25 felt like such a huge, scary and daunting milestone for me. Well, it’s one that inevitably happened (I’m writing this in August and it feels weird to say inevitably because it’s not inevitable because I could very well die before I turn 25 and wow this post turned super morbid very quickly) – I’m 25 now and I’m still fretting and still panicking and still wondering when (if ever) I’ll start to feel like an adult. I’ve been thinking about things from a 25 year olds newly found perspective and here’s my list of things 25 year olds (myself included) should definitely be doing now.
1. Brushing your teeth properly: It’s boring and I hate it but I don’t wanna be scuppered with shit teeth when I’m 40 cos I couldn’t be arsed brushing them at 25.
2. Taking your make up off before bed: There is no excuse not to do this is literally takes a minute.
3. Just taking care of your skin in general: it’s taken me 25 years to get to the point where I actually want to take better care of my skin.
4. Checking your boobs / balls more regularly: we’re still young but cancer can happen to anyone. Check them.
5. Crying: we should be able to cry and not feel bad / guilty / pathetic about it by now. There’s a lot to cry about when you’re 25.
6. Saving money: whether it’s for a rainy day, a holiday or a mortgage- at 25 we should know how to save money and already have some saved up.
7. Not caring what people think of us: come on, we’re not in school anymore and we really shouldn’t care whether Carol from yoga class thinks you have a big bum.
8. Embracing your body: 25 is probably the age we should be embracing our bodies for what they are and not doing something to them just because someone else says so. Like shaving. Or getting a piercing.
9. Cooking: at 25, you should be able to cook something which doesn’t involve putting the microwave on. It’s always handy to have a few favourite dishe recipes stored away.
10. Using appliances: dish washer, washing machine, oven – we should all know how to use these things at 25. After phoning our mum.
11. Not comparing your journey to someone else’s: At 25, it’s important to remember that everyone goes at their own pace and it’s easy to look at people you went to school with who are miles ahead of you on this big life journey and feel let down in yourself. At 25, some people have a baby and a house. At 25, some people are travelling the world. At 25, some people still live with their parents. And there’s no right or wrong way to do life.