Skip to main content

Expect the Unexpected: Turning 24

Since I turned 21, I have written a piece about the current year and what to expect in the coming year. After last year I told myself to expect the unexpected because I had a really crappy mental health year in 2019 and did not know that it would happen.

If only I had known.

It's weird because at the time of writing it COVID was a thing. I remember seeing a news article about it before I went to sleep on the 31st December and thought it will probably be nothing. That it wouldn't affect the West. 

Of course, I was wrong. I told myself to expect the unexpected, and I may have jinxed it.

As I write this, I am officially 24. Birthday plans out the window as we are in a third lockdown. Trust me when I say that I would rather be in lockdown than be open, but as someone who works in fast food, it doesn't feel like lockdown because I served over 250 people yesterday. 

Like most people in their 20s, I do feel like I have lost some time. I'm still living at home. I'm working in a job that I don't see as permanent, but I know how grateful I am to have it. I have a dream and feel anxious to peruse it, but I think the pandemic has told us anything. It might be to just go for it because anything can happen. 

I just have to tell myself that.

It's weird to say that the last year, I did do something. I read most books, watched the most films and completed my degree. Compared to the previous year, my mental health was good. It was bad ar some times, but things got really blurry in 2019. The thing is that we never know what is going to happen. Some things are not imaginable, and others can come in complete surprise.

But let's be real, we can never know.

I want to be a realist. I know that like last year, this is not going to be my year. We are still in the thick of it, and it's going to be a while to change.

It has made me miss the smallest things, but that has only made me want them back even more. We all want something we can't have and want to do everything to get it back.

I can't predict this year. I know that I am now 24 and I'm going to try to do the best with what I have. 

Whatever may happen. 


Popular posts from this blog

My Reading Tastes Are Changing

For the last couple of years, I feel like this has become a reoccurring blog post but I want to talk about it now because I think something is actually happening in my reading life. My reading tastes are changing. I've felt it for a while. I haven't really been drawn to YA titles that much anymore especially contemporary. Being busy in my time, I have been really selective in the books that I pick up so for me: the shorter, the better. And when picking up shorter books, the less likely they are to be YA. The more I am exposed to more books, the more I get to read books that I connect to Some of the books that I have picked up have really surprised me because of how much I ended up enjoying them. I think as I grow older, I am looking for different stories, different experiences and different perspectives. These don't just fit the YA mould. I also have been really into different genres like horror and the occasional thriller which have not read from before and I'm interes

Book Review: The Great Godden by Meg Rossoff

   * I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. * Title: The Great Godden  Author: Meg Rossoff Publisher: Bloomsbury  Source: NetGalley ( Bookshop UK |  Hive |  Goodreads  |  Storygraph ) Book Summary: Everyone talks about falling in love like it’s the most miraculous, life-changing thing in the world. Something happens, they say, and you know … That’s what happened when I met Kit Godden. I looked into his eyes and I knew. Only everyone else knew too. Everyone else felt exactly the same way. This is the story of one family, one dreamy summer – the summer when everything changes. In a holiday house by the sea, our watchful narrator sees everything, including many things they shouldn’t, as their brother and sisters, parents and older cousins fill hot days with wine and games and planning a wedding. Enter two brothers – irresistible, charming, languidly sexy Kit and surly, silent Hugo. Suddenly there’s

Favourite Graphic Novels & Manga of 2021

As I have read a lot of books this year, I always want to give graphic novels and manga their own celebration as they often get overlooked and do make up a lot of my reading. I also find that even though I read a lot of them, it takes a lot to convince me and make it a new favourite. So here are my best... Heartstopper Volume 4 by Alice Oseman  Like everyone on the internet, I too am a massive Heartstopper fan and Volume 4 is no different. I love the relationship of Nick and Charlie and the side characters also make the series. This one also explores the way that mental health can impact romance and it still does justice to the story and does not fall into cliches. I am eagerly anticipating the final volume but I don't want it to be over.  The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott by Zoe Thorogood One of the last graphic novels I read this year and the one that has the second amount of hype, The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott also leaves a lasting impression. I love a good Briti