Hitting 26 like 💁
On paper, you should be having the time of your life in your mid-twenties. You’re on the career ladder, your biggest responsibility
There are statistics, news stories and articles everywhere about women made ashamed and guilty by secrets: singledom, childlessness, genital mutilation, forced marriage, physical or sexual or emotional abuse, menstrual conditions, the size and shape of their labia...The list goes on.
Is there anything more awkward than the New Year's Eve kiss? If you're single, there's a mad scramble to find someone suitable
Single folk, you're probably sick to death of smug couples setting you up on dates with the dregs of their social circle
Agreeing or volunteering to set mates up with each other is the worst idea you're likely to have. there's seldom a pot of gold at the end of the matchmaking rainbow. Well, for you, at least. It's a common misconception that people you know, or your friends know, will like each other.
Almost everything sold in the supermarket is aimed at an audience of two or more. Your hand hovers over the English muffins, packed in sixes. You'll never eat six, not before they go stale. The only way you could get through six muffins before the mould hits is by having them for every meal for the next two days.
Cooking for one or two people is expensive, time-consuming and irritating. (Unless you are making pasta, in which case obviously it is a joy). My friend Alex has come up with his own solution: he buys, religiously, 3 Waitrose whole cooked roast chickens.
"Put on some high heels and a short skirt and come and meet me. The party needs livening up" he texted back, seemingly oblivious to the concept of feminism. And so I did. (I don't actually own a 'short skirt' but figured a nice pair of tailored shorts wouldn't disappoint.)