The Twentysomething Story

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second-best time is now.” African proverb from Dambisa Moyo’s Dead Aid

Once upon a time, I read in a bright white book with fluorescent orange font on the cover that your twenties is the ultimate defining decade.

Not necessarily because you’re having the time of your life but rather these tumultuous ten years are spent making decisions which stay with you well into your thirties, forties and fifties. It’s also the decade most associated with personal growth and exploration if you’re brave enough to let yourself fail.

Since leaving university in 2012, journalism school in 2015, and now in my third year of being a news reporter, thoughts about my craft have been the subject of several past life coaching sessions, talks with friends and quiet contemplation, leading to mixed feelings and unsettling doubt.

However each time I question why I began this website and my lapses in maintaining it, I intuitively reach the same conclusion: I am a writer – in love with personal pronouns, observing and narrating stories. But sometimes life and new responsibilities get in the way and your world becomes too small to find inspiring.

For a long time, despite the fact I ironically write everyday, I forgot the value of my thoughts and innate gifts. I’m still working on tuning out the external noise which fuels self-doubt, but the most important thing is not to lose sight of the original vision.

So here I am at the start of April 2018, refusing to let go of my vision to write articles which show the many realities of life minus the physical and emotional filters. I’m learning to like what makes me imperfect and maybe what I publish will encourage you to as well.

My thoughts are beautifully erratic but definitely related, so expect a lot of first-person entwined with randomness and personality. My thoughts are also inspired by those I connect with so interviews will be a regular feature under  as I love the challenge of weaving someone else’s story on a page.

Ultimately, Twentysomething Me is where I’ll write without judgement and narrate our twenties with nothing but honesty and wit. Smile, crinkle your mouth with embarrassment or email me to ask, “Why on earth did you post that?!” – I’d be happy with either reaction.

Someone once asked me, ‘Well what about when you’re no longer in your twenties?’ and I guess I’ll have to cross that bridge when I get to it. In the meantime though, I have three more years to write about womanhood, psychology, spirituality, self-development, sex, relationships, black culture and the Caribbean, travel, alternative lifestyles and making the most of this transient experience called life.

Expect new posts weekly – including the Friday Briefing where my friends will give their candid views on a subject – unless I have absolutely nothing to say and in that case I’ll let you know via Twitter or Facebook.

Vicky Gayle

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