When I turned 21 my best friend bought me a card with the words Proper Grown Up on the front. Turning 21 felt so much older than being 18, so yes, for a while I did feel quite the adult.
In reality, I wasn’t even close. At 21 I was still at uni which meant afternoons watching Diagnosis Murder and Thursday nights spent partying away at LA’s nightclub (if you have ever been to Hull back in the day you’ll know what I’m talking about).
I remember laughing at the idea of an over 25’s night because lets be honest who would ever want to go out once you got that old? Oh, how I would love to be 25 again.
drown my sorrows celebrate turning 35 and it is dawning on me that I am actually a fully fledged adult, the signs are all there. I know I’m now a mum, a wife with my own house and a mortgage but it’s the little things that make me feel like a real grown up:
I get excited by Tupperware. Sadly this is true, I am a sucker for the latest bit of Tupperware to solve a problem I never knew I had. Breakfast Tupperware, Tupperware for your pitta and humous, but possibly the best invention ever (and I am being serious) is the Microwavable soup Tupperware.
Actually, I get excited over most kitchen gadgets. The boiled egg timer thingy is the best £4 I ever spent. Perfect eggs every time!
When my mum starts to ask me what I want for my birthday, her first suggestion is a good moisturiser (what are you trying to say mum!) or maybe a nice eye cream!
I own a sewing kit. Not one of those freebie ones you get from a hotel. A proper sewing kit, in a basket and everything.
Whenever I go to the hairdressers she keeps trying to steer me towards lighter tones, because it’ll be more flattering as you get older. I’m stubbornly sticking with my dark brown but I’m convinced one day she’ll have me as a blonde without even telling me!
I listen to Smooth FM on the way to work.
I own a very sensible mummy cost, bought for warmth and the fact it has a hood and big pockets.
And I really start to show my age when I occasionally still refer to Ant and Dec as PJ and Duncan!
I am a little bit traumatised at realising I am now closer to 40 than I am to 30, but the past 5 years have been pretty good so let’s hoping the run up to the big 4-0 is just as great.