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On wednesday I celebrated my 21st birthday and seeing as I’m only going to be 21 once in my lifetime I was glad it was an occasion to remember. I celebrated by seeing the “Theory of Everything” with my best friend from back home and was blown away by how beautiful yet harrowing it was at times (I cried a total of 3 times during the screening we went to). It’s based on the memoirs of Stephen Hawking’s ex wife Jane and is centred around their life together with snippets of his efforts to find ‘a theory of everything (his still on going research into the beginnings of the universe – hence the title). It definitely deserves its Oscar nominations (for best male and best female lead amongst others) and I highly recommend it.

After seeing the film I went out for a curry at night with her, my immediate and extended family, family friends and my sister’s friends. I had a wonderful time and got some really good presents and lots of money 😀 I also went out on Friday night with my aunty to a place in Manchester called “Home Sweet Home” which sells american comfort food and it’s own in house cakes and milkshakes

The cake I had at home sweet home
The cake I had at home sweet home
The main course I had at home sweet home. Fried buttermilk chicken with sweet potato fries, BBQ sauce and apple coleslaw
The main course I had at home sweet home. Fried buttermilk chicken with sweet potato fries, BBQ sauce and apple coleslaw

On an end note, whilst it is back to reality for me this coming week (lectures resume for me on monday) I am continuing my birthday celebrations with my uni friends when I’m back overall my 21st birthday has been one of the best birthday’s I’ve had in a long time

Incase anyone was wondering, yes there were photos taken on wednesday and some of these are below 🙂

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21

Next week I turn twenty one, and I can’t help thinking about how much has changed since this time last year, when I was shut in my room refusing point blank to accept that I was about to turn twenty.

I won’t pretend that I was happy with my life last year. While all my friends were midway through their second years at university I was working fifty hours a week in a minimum wage job, unsure of what to do with myself.

Naturally I took my job very seriously...
Naturally I took my job very seriously…

The year before that, when I was grudgingly waiting to turn nineteen, I was living six hours away from home in Wales, incredibly unhappy with my choice of university.

Choosing to leave university and brand myself a ‘drop-out’ was incredibly tough, but looking back now I have no regrets. After that, as much as I may have complained about my time working in fast food I think that the year and a half of full-time work did me good, and I’m grateful that I gained that extra time to decide what I wanted to do with myself.

I’m now happier than ever studying a course that I’m really enjoying. Having had a bad experience at university I can really appreciate how good this experience is turning out to be. I’m only at the end of my first semester, but I’ve powered my way through a lot of work, made friends, got a part-time job and joined a society. The year’s flying by and, while I’m already finding myself feeling a little stressed at times over the work-load, I know that it’s completely normal and I’ll be sad when it’s all over.

For now though, I have my 21st birthday night out to look forward to. It will be a great chance to let loose a bit and to get into the Christmas spirit. I can’t wait to see what next year has in store for me.

Getting into the Christmas spirit... because, no matter how much work I may have, there is always time to edit Christmas hats onto pictures of my cats.
Getting into the Christmas spirit… because, no matter how much work I may have, there is always time to edit Christmas hats onto pictures of my cats.