Are women increasingly more independent and less happy? That certainly can be the case, however, this has less to do with women and more to do with independence. Any one person who has the burden of responsibility of doing everything on his or her own is going to feel overwhelmed, stressed and unhappy.
As children we cut the stems, put them in water, and they would curl up into weird and wonderful shapes. We would try and sell them to passers by. Now I eat the leaves and the stems. If I am brave I add some burdock leaves, which takes me right up to my bitter taste threshold. But it's seasonal detox.
I always wonder what I will be when I grow up. I know at 33 that is a strange thing to wonder but I really don't feel like a grown up at all, so it is something that I do think about. Of course, top of the list is a Princess (if you didn't guess by the name of my blog) but I don't think Prince Harry is going to be looking for a chubby bride anytime soon!