Turning 25

Turning 25

I have always done birthdays with huge enthusiasm. I like the pageantry of it, bask in the idea of acting like a princess for one day. If you asked anyone they would likely say that I seem like someone who loves birthdays. Or at least I hope they would, otherwise I’m not keeping the facade up very well.

The thing is, I do like birthdays. I’m not usually a fan of attention but I can make an exception for one day a year that’s all about me. Th problem comes with the ageing part. Birthdays make me panic.

Did I make enough use of the past year? Did I live life to the full? Am I hitting the milestones that society has set for me? Let alone, the goals I’ve set for myself.

Today I turn 25. 25 feels old. 25 feels like I should have everything together by now. I should have a full time job, be saving for a mortgage, know the path I want to take in life. But I don’t.

But what I’m forgetting is how much I’ve achieved in the past 12 months. I got engaged, moved in with my fiancée, visited Dublin, Edinburgh and Geneva, scored 100% in a drug calculations exam, made new friends and had incredible experiences with old friends. (I also saw Katy Perry live so obviously this year has been amazing).

Honestly, this year has been the happiest of my life. I’ve learnt to say no to things I don’t want to do, say yes to some scarier opportunities, understand exactly what works for my mental health and what doesn’t, take a much bigger interest in my physical health. This year has been a defining year for working out who I am now and who I want to be in the future.

If my 25th year is as good as the 24th has been, then maybe I’m not so scared of getting older?

Rachel x-x-x



  1. November 11, 2017 / 11:39 am

    Firstly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY RACHEL! Secondly, I really relate to the not knowing what path to take with my life bit… I think it’s probably something that comes with time and getting on with other parts of life whilst you figure it out – which is definitely something you have done. What an incredible year you’ve had – and here’s to another 🙂 xxx

  2. November 11, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    Happy birthday Mz. Rachel, hope this year continue to give you all the dreams you long for

  3. November 11, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    Happy birthday! I’m a fellow November-Scorpion-also turning 25 on the 20th of this month! Like you, i love my birthday and celebrate each with such enthusiasm! Turning 25 is a bit hard to believe, because it means we’re halfway throuhg our 20s!! So crazy how time flies.
    Hope this year is a great one for you!

  4. November 12, 2017 / 7:26 am

    Happy belated birthday! 25 is such a strange age, are you still in early 20s or is that the first step into the *gasp* late 20s! Hope you have a wonderful year

    nat // dignifiable

  5. November 22, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    This made me so happy for you and gives me so much hope. Seeing your outlook to things change in the past year through your posts, you truly are achieving SO much and please be proud of yourself for that! Make 25 can be just as bright, you are developing the tools to manage things and ensure YOU can embrace it.

    But for what it’s worth, it’s also okay not to be okay. So if 25 throws curveballs, allow yourself to forgive yourself and remind yourself of these positive moments. YOU MADE THEM HAPPEN! And no one can ever take them away from you xxx

    Bumble & Be

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