This post has been a long time coming and I have been hinting at it for a while. Last month, I left my very decent job to become a Philosophy student. To some people, perhaps this will seem crazy. Quitting a job with good prospects, a salary, the opportunity to travel, throwing away the social capital of liking and trust I’d made efforts to build, … Continue reading [Life updates from me]
Extroverts take their energy from bouncing off other people, whereas introverts draw strength from their inner lives: this has become commonplace, but I remember feeling profoundly understood when I first came across the idea that feeling drained by loud restaurants and busy parties wasn’t abnormal. It was an important discovery because it often feels like extroverts rule the world, and extroverted characteristics are often extolled … Continue reading How to party like an introvert
I recently wrote about the annoying quirks of being a teenager, but one major theme I missed out was that feeling that we are waiting for real life to begin: for the world to organize itself such that opportunities, jobs, boyfriends fall into our lap; for our adult independence. ‘finally, I’ll be able to do X when I leave home/have money/have turned 18’. So reading … Continue reading Waiting for Godot-nly knows what
Or, how to be really really dysfunctional in 18 easy steps: It’s Friday night. Your plane lands at Gatwick after a five-hour delay and you arrive home at 10.20pm. Go out anyway. Get in at 3.30am having got up at 4.30am for a flight that morning and therefore having been up for 23 hours Get up unnaturally early the following day to have brunch with … Continue reading How to make great life choices
I say not contempt but blindness. Sometimes I make fun of things a little too close for comfort: being a teenager, the young professional lifestyle, following trends, etc. This is as much an attack on the tendencies I don’t like in myself as on the mindset of other people. And it is a certain mindset I don’t like, not the act itself of using a … Continue reading What does familiarity breed?
Back in the day, all it took to be a healthy human being was a basic diet of tatties, veg and the occasional portion of tinned spam, a bit of walking (fetching the groceries) and a bit of housework (beating rugs, scrubbing period stains out of linen by hand). Nowadays we’re a little more fussy, and a common or garden health regime typically includes: Gadgets: … Continue reading Spiralizing out of control
In a previous post I wrote about competitive socialisation and the cult of trendy among young people in London. Since then I’ve thought more about why it is that the London Young Professional (and perhaps most other categories of person) must always be engaged in a whirlwind of social engagements and experiences, in other words must constantly be doing something. Social pressure to do There are … Continue reading I do, therefore I am
“So did you get up to much this weekend?” “Yeah no, it was a pretty quiet one actually, grabbed dinner with some friends on Friday then went to a couple of bars on Clapham High Street, my friend was DJing – had a pretty early one, got an Uber home. Saturday morning I had my yoga class (so hungover!) then met some friends for lunch … Continue reading When a woman is tired of London …