So today it is 25 days before my 25th birthday, which for those of you with a mathematical brain may have surmised means my birthday is on October 14th – the same day as Roger Moore and Steve Coogan. Yep, James Bond and Alan Partridge are both libras – go figure.
Am I going through a quarter-life crisis, you ask? Well, I’m certainly well on the way to becoming a crazy cat lady, and I am fast realising my similarities with Bridget Jones, but instead of being eaten by alsatians, I’ll probably get nibbled on by my cat and two westies.
Turning twenty five is something of a milestone – I’m still young but I am most certainly not a teenager anymore. It’s one of those numbers which kind of ping out at you, and while I know I’m still comparatively young, physically saying the words “I am twenty five” is a bit scary. When I was little, twenty five evoked the image of a well made adult woman, living in her own house, perhaps being engaged to the person she wanted to spend the rest of her life with – I grew up in very heteronormative surroundings, to say the least. Instead, I am a single well made adult woman who still lives with her parents. But this reality doesn’t make me miserable – far from it! I only realise now how naive I was to have those expectations of myself.
Life is complicated, and life can be bloody hard sometimes. Twenty five is just a number, and while I may still be living with my parents, I am, for the most part, happy with my life. I am following a career I have always dreamed of following, and my part time job outside of acting work brings me a surprising amount of joy and satisfaction. We all develop at different speeds, and age really is just a number – life goes at a different pace for different people.
Still, as turning twenty five is something of a landmark moment in Western culture, I thought I would take the opportunity to reflect upon some of the things which have influenced me as a person and as a creative. Over the next 25 days I will be examining 25 of my favourite works of literature, television, film and theatre. I am going to try and not take it too seriously, but knowing me, I’ll probably get a touch sentimental, so please bare with!
It’s going to be a little bit funny, a little bit sassy, and probably very weird, but most of all, it’s going to be nostalgic. All I can say is, I hope you enjoy and, maybe, have a laugh or two along the way!