Platonic Love Can Be The Greatest Love Of All

Published 29th November 2020 by The Indiependent Love Letters To My 20s: A Fortnightly Column On The Stigma Surrounding Our Twenties “Nearly everything I know about love, I’ve learned from my long-term friendships with women.” – Dolly Alderton, Everything I Know About Love. It’s so easy to walk through life tunnel-visioned when you’re in a new, romantic relationship; you don’t seem to see your friends as much, … Continue reading Platonic Love Can Be The Greatest Love Of All

One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, Floor

Published 15th November 2020 by The Indiependent Love Letters To My 20s: A Fortnightly Column On The Stigma Surrounding Our Twenties “The acute paranoia and dread in the sober hours of the following day become a common feature of your mid-twenties. The gap between who you were on a Saturday night, commandeering an entire pub garden by shouting obnoxiously about how you’ve always felt you … Continue reading One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, Floor

Learning To Love The Mundane

Published 1st November 2020 by The Indiependent Love Letters To My 20s: A Fortnightly Column On The Stigma Surrounding Our Twenties “But if we are to find real and lasting happiness in our lives, we need to abandon our obsession with hunting the highs and resisting the lows, and discover the hidden secrets of the ‘calm’.” – Fearne Cotton, Happy. Is it just me who … Continue reading Learning To Love The Mundane

I’m From Wigan, Me: A Love Letter To My Home Town

Published 14th October 2020 by The Hysteria Collective On the main road, the buzz of suburban, school-run traffic makes for a polite yet incessant accompaniment to my uphill walk. I squint my eyes, fighting against the sun, and see the corner shop on the horizon. My strides get longer and faster. Pushing the door open, a sharp bell rings and the thick scent of the … Continue reading I’m From Wigan, Me: A Love Letter To My Home Town

Family Is A Privilege, Not A Right

Published 4th October 2020 by The Indiependent Love Letters To My 20s: A Fortnightly Column On The Stigma Surrounding Our Twenties “It’s important to keep in mind that we decide the value people have in our lives, which means we can significantly control how much they affect us. It also means we can decide how much space they can take up in our minds.” – Chidera Eggerue, How To … Continue reading Family Is A Privilege, Not A Right

The Art Of The Panic Masters: How Do I Graduate?

Published 20th September 2020 by The Indiependent Love Letters To My 20s: A Fortnightly Column On The Stigma Surrounding Our Twenties “‘Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future,’ noted the writer Kahlil Gibran, ‘but from wanting to control it.’” – Pandora Sykes, How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right? Ah, Masters degrees. Filled with a confusing concoction of intelligent go-getters with mood boards, perfectly … Continue reading The Art Of The Panic Masters: How Do I Graduate?

Criticism Can Be Your Friend, If You Let It

Published 6th September 2020 by The Indiependent Love Letters To My 20s: A Fortnightly Column On The Stigma Surrounding Our Twenties “Uncomfortable and liberating- exactly what growth is supposed to feel like.” – Florence Given, Women Don’t Owe You Pretty Criticism is a weird one. It can simultaneously hurt your ego, crush your passion, and embarrass you, whilst also allowing you to evolve into a … Continue reading Criticism Can Be Your Friend, If You Let It

Idolising Your Teenage Body: I ‘Peaked’ In Sixth Form Too

Published 23rd August 2020 by The Indiependent Love Letters To My 20s: A Fortnightly Column On The Stigma Surrounding Our Twenties “I wish for that time back. All that time that was supposed to be about discovering the world and who I was became wasted on making myself smaller and smaller. Imagine if we all stopped expending so much energy on trying to change our … Continue reading Idolising Your Teenage Body: I ‘Peaked’ In Sixth Form Too

Introducing ‘Love Letters To My 20s’: Life Doesn’t End At 25

Published 9th August 2020 by The Indiependent “Rambunctious, restless and ramshackle. Roving, raucous and rebellious. My roaming decade; my roaring twenties.”― Dolly Alderton, Everything I Know About Love “Your twenties,” slurred my best friend’s mum, before she hiccupped, giggled and sipped her over-filled glass of white wine, “will be the best years of your life. Lap it all up while you can, girls”. It was … Continue reading Introducing ‘Love Letters To My 20s’: Life Doesn’t End At 25