I haven’t done a meme in years and years but this one seemed rather suitable right now, being as it’s my birthday…
25 Years Ago (July 1986), I:
turned 3, and was living in Bradford-on-Avon in England. I don’t remember much but I’m sure I was naughty and bossy and talkative already.
20 Years Ago (July 1992), I:
turned 8, and was living in the Creuse, in France. I was already bilingual and my favourite things to do included reading, reading, reading and riding my bike.
15 Years Ago (July 1996), I:
turned 13, and was still living in the Creuse. I had braces and a best friend and my favourite things included reading, getting up to mischief, boys, clothes and boys again.
10 Years Ago (July 2001), I:
turned 18 and had just finished college, passing my bac with decent results considering my bad attendance records. I was in the middle of breaking up with my boyfriend Christophe, who I had been living with for 18 months, and was about to move down South to get my own flat and my first job (at Carrefour).
5 Years Ago (July 2006), I:
turned 23 in Bahrain. I was about to head off to Taiwan for a year, and had just begun what was to be a 4-year infatuation which went nowhere.
3 Years Ago (July 2008), I:
turned 25 in Melbourne, Australia. I had just started my grown-up job a few months earlier and didn’t dare ask for the day off, so even though I had a stinking cold, I still went in and did my duty. I was too anxious about getting a work permit to think about anything else anyway (repeat for another 2.5 years).
1 Year Ago (July 2010), I:
turned 27 in Hong-Kong. I was over to see my supermate Cici, and had a fantastic time buying way too many pairs of shoes.
wasted all morning at the doctor’s and the chemist’s trying to get prescriptions for my trip to Taiwan. I didn’t really mind as I was so happy about the email I got from James in Uganda.
turned 28 in France. I packed my suitcase for Taiwan and my carry-on for England and Sweden. I went for one last walk with Raphael, Bessie and Fanou (brother and dogs).
leave early to drive up to Devon with Mummy and my dear siblings Raphael and Polly, so we can visit our Grandmother, who I haven’t seen since April 2007.
In a week, I:
will head up to London, anticipating my flight to Sweden. I’m hoping I can catch up with a couple of people before I leave!
In one month (August 2011), I:
will be sitting the placement test for my chinese classes, in Taipei. As soon as they are done, my darling Cici is coming to see me from Hong-Kong!! SUPERMATES REUNION
In one year (July 2012), I:
will turn 29 and I hope I will be with my superhero boyfriend James, making up for this birthday that we can’t spend together. I also hope that I will finally have some sort of qualification for my Chinese, and will be either employed or looking for employment that actually interests me. I have no idea what country I will be in though…oh and I hope my knees will have recovered enough for me to be running again.
In five years (July 2016), I:
will turn 33 and I’m sure I will be a much nicer person. I should hopefully have spent enough time in Australia to become a citizen by then. Which is handy as my current passport will finally have expired in 2014. I used to think I’d have kids by the time I was 23 (hah! hah!) but I can’t actually visualize children even by 33 at the moment…