Sunday, 29 July 2018

Being an Inbetweener 2.0

Being an Inbetweener 2.0

Let's take a trip down memory lane. It's 2008, the high street is full of short denim shorts and wet look leggings and Leona Lewis is cinched for her life in Dolce and Gabbana singing bleeding love.

2008 is also the year where E4 debuts a new show about four lovable but incredibly awkward teenage boys - Will, Simon, Jay and Neil who go on to win our hearts and turn our stomachs.

The Inbetweeners gave us gags, innuendos and cringe-worthy moments and we couldn't get enough of it. Maybe we also saw a bit of ourselves in the unfab four and could relate to their teenage struggles and longing to fit in and find a place in the world. Or sixth form... 

In 2008 I was 18 - 18! And in my first year at university navigating student life in a new city. I remember living in halls where groups of us would watch back to back Inbetweeners episodes, usually huddled in the room of the person with the biggest screen.

Being an inbetweener in your mid to late 20s 
Ten years on and I'd like to think I've done and seen some great things. And yet, I sometimes think I'm in a same but different place as the uncertain 18 year old me. I'm 27, soon to be 28 and regularly find myself swinging between two states of mind. 

On the one hand, I crave the freedom of my early 20s where it felt easier to jump ship and take risks because you didn't worry so much about the future. But I then have days where I long to feel settled like an actual adult - in my career, financially, basically all the things the 18 year old me thought I'd have sussed at 28.

It's difficult not to feel like you're stuck in a rut when you see others going on to take the next step - buying flats, getting married, having babies. You also feel incredibly boring by hesitating to take the plunge and jet off on travels or make a snap career change.

I realise I've been rather passive at 'life' lately, waiting to see if things will happen. But waiting around can leave me feeling anxious and envious of others. Not to mention unmotivated. Aint nobody got time for that, right?

Feel the same?
Forget what Drake says, if you're reading this, it's not too own the rest of your 20s! 

And hey, if that means deciding you want to stay home on a Saturday night and rearrange your succulents collection, do it. Or if you want to hit the town with friends, dates and the like, I hope you slay the dance floor! 

'Feisty one you are!'

So wherever you are in life right now, you are fabulous and should not feel bad if things aren't exactly where you thought they'd be. Shake off that Inbetweener 2.0 feeling and embrace what works for you in the now. And so what if things don't pan as you expected? At least you'll be closer to knowing what works and what wasn't right for you.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this post. Are you doing what you thought you would be 10 years ago? And if you watched The Inbetweeners, what's your favourite episode, character or quote? 

Elisha x 


  1. Wet look leggings! Haha I loved those! And the in betweeners yess! I've been watching a series with a similar kind of feel called the Derry girls it's so good and this post was so tru /funny and had me reminising xx

  2. Me too, they were my night out go to haha! Ooh I’ll have to check out Derry girls. Thank you for stopping by and reading this one - it means a lot :)

    Elisha x