So back in late 2008, when this blog was in its early infancy, I wrote a post about why I didn't feel like a proper grown-up. I thought it might be fun to revisit it, seven and a half years later, to see whether or not I have actually made it to grown-up status yet. Let's see shall we?
2008 me: I am 29 but essentially live like a student (despite the fact me and all my flatmates work full-time)
2016 me: I am 36 and a half and rent my own flat. Go me. Although I moved in nearly three years ago and still haven't fully unpacked. Oops. (And I still celebrate half birthdays. Enough said.)
2008 me: I have never lived with a guy (unless you count the insane male Chinese flatmate who lived in the room next door for a bit and terrified me more than a little - I don't count him, surprisingly)
2016 me: I still have never lived with a guy apart from Freeman (aforementioned Chinese guy). But me and the boyfriend stay together every night at either my flat or his house so that's pretty much the same thing I reckon.
2008 me: I am single and still (occasionally) randomly snog guys I barely know - usually wildly inappropriate ones
2016 me: Luckily that's well out of my system now!
2008 me: I'm not entirely sure what I want to do with my life
2016 me: Still true. Although I have at least progressed in the company I've worked for since back then!
2008 me: I still cry about the most ridiculous things
2016 me: Always. Still. In fact, I'm planning a post about some of the ridiculous things I cry about sometime soon. I bet you cannot wait! ;-)
2008 me: I have no savings. Well, I have fifty pounds in a savings account but I had nearly two grand more four years ago.
2016 me: I think I have 100 pounds in savings now. But a credit card and an overdraft which kind of cancels out the savings?
2008 me: I spend a ridiculous amount of money a month on clothes, dvds, cds, books and socialising (hence the aforementioned problem with savings)
2016: I spend more money but have less to show for it. I also have more outgoings as I pay more in rent on my flat than I used to pay for all my rent and bills in the shared flat. BUT I go out for dinner loads so I feel quite sophisticated. If rather skint.
2008 me: I can't cook for shit.
2016 me: Wow. You know, I was starting to feel a bit like not much had changed. But I can cook now. I'm actually pretty good at it. If you're pals with me on instagram (if you're not - why not? I'm right here!) you'll notice I regularly put up pictures of my delicious meals. (Yeah, I'm one of those people!)
2008 me: The thought of having kids still terrifies me (hell, I've never even had a pregnancy scare. Although, to be honest, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Right???)
2016 me: Still terrified. Still terrified I'd lose it under a pile of clothes in my bedroom.
2008 me: The longest relationship I ever had was less than 18 months.
2016 me: Three days ago I celebrated my 2 1/2 year anniversary with the lovely fella. So I've blown the previous record RIGHT OUTTA THE WATER. And people said it couldn't be done!!! (They didn't really say that . . . but if they know my track history they probably thought it . . .)
So the verdict? Older, yes. Slightly wiser? Yes. Can I make you a decent chilli con carne? Definitely. But really that much more grown up?
And long may that continue!
Can you identify at all?