And now I’m 25

I turned twenty five yesterday. Eek. Twenty Five years I’ve been walking this here earth. In one way it seems like a scary large number – quarter of the way through a century and all that. In another way, it feels like barely any time at all. Inside, I don’t feel like I think a twenty five year old should feel, you know what I mean? I’m not all grown-up and responsible. I’m pretty much still living like I did when I was a student (good times ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

I don’t have a ‘significant other’, though that’s not for want of dreaming
I don’t have any dependents; I can’t even keep a goldfish alive!
I don’t have any major assets to my name; no house, no car, no secret hoard of cash
I don’t have a high-flying career
I don’t, if I’m truthful, have much of a life plan other than “London + Publishing ( + dare I say it? Penguin) = Happy Cas” and hell if have any ideas of how to get that plan to reality.

I do, however, have a life I’m enjoying living. That’s actually something I wasn’t sure I’d find a few years back. Most days I go around with a smile on my face from ear to ear, joy in my soul, and knowing that I honestly wouldn’t change a thing about my life as it stands right now. I haven’t got it all sorted out (see the previous paragraph!) but that’s cool with me. Things have a way of sorting themselves out and I’m having good times watching them unfold. So go me and roll on whatever this year has to offer ๐Ÿ™‚

But that’s enough about what I think about being twenty five. It’s time you all had a say. I’ve been writing here at Bright Meadow for a good while now, and over the years I’ve shared a fair few things with you, my dear readers. But I’m sure there’s questions you want to ask and things you wish you knew.

Here’s your chance.
I’ll answer the first twenty five questions that get sent in to me, regardless of what they are.

What do you have to do? Simply email me your questions to cas.brightmeadow[at] and wait for the post that will follow.

A caveat:
You can ask as many questions as you like. However, if I end up with more than twenty five questions, (no, I have no contingency plan for if I get LESS than 25 questions!) I will take the best question(s) from each person so as many as possible get one of their burning queries answered.

And that’s it. Now it’s over to you to think of the best/most zany questions you can think of. Try to make it something that hasn’t already been talked about. Also please bear in mind that my father, occasionally my brother, and even my boss read the site. I’m all for public humiliation, but let’s try and keep it vaguely decent, please? (Or if not, be prepared for me to fudge my replies some ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

So bring it on!

21 thoughts on “And now I’m 25

  1. I do, however, have a life Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขm enjoying living.

    Ya know, that is more than I have*, and I’ve a house, car, significant other…
    …trust me, you have more than you probably know. I have no question, but Happy 25th, and I hope you get that London+Publishing+Penguin=Happy Cas job.

    Oooh, I do have a question: So you’ve done the whole archaeological computing thing at uni, but you want a job in publishing. What is it about publishing that makes it take precedent over being the-geek-behind-Harrison-Ford? (Sorry, couldn’t think of anything better to ask.)

    *Not that I’m unhappy, just not happy enough to broadcast it to the masses, yet.

  2. Happy birthday, Cas!

    My question is: besides the career, which (if any) of the above questions (and their implied answers) do you wish had a different answer? As in, which do you wish were a yes instead of a no?

  3. I’m 26, soon to be 27 and I remember having the same thoughts.

    Had no sig other at the time. No good job. No house or secret cash vault to go swimming through Scrooge McDuck style.

    But I was happy and hearing that you’re happy is awesome. Happiness is not a house or car or goldfish.

    And if you’ve found it, the rest will fall into place.

    *toasts* So here’s to a mighty good birthday!

  4. Yay for 25 it’s a good age. You’ve got the 30s to look forward to and personally I think they are a great age despite the panic that sets in when you turn it. The big thing is you are smiling often – that’s worth more than any of that list.

  5. Soaking as commanded, sir Scrivs! (And welcome to the comments ๐Ÿ™‚ )

    Ollie – good question. Thanks for the birthday wishes and I hope that soon you will be so happy you are broadcasting it from the rooftops and making us all disgustingly jealous in the process!

    Erin – oooh, another great question, and one I’ve been pondering all day! I’m still not sure what the answer is and I’m going to keep you hanging on for a bit longer…

    peroty – thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Tam – I think the 30’s could be cool. I’ve just got to get through the rest of the 20’s first! Honestly, the thought of me being 25 is bad enough – the thought of me being 30+ ?! Boggles the mind! But no questions for me? Now I am sad ๐Ÿ™

    Any one else got any questions – as lots before you have shown, you don’t even have to email them. You can totally disregard direct instructions and leave a comment here if that works better for you ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Happy birthday! My apologies, again, that I’m a couple of days late.

    1) You wouldn’t give up your happiness for a car, house, etc. would you? Your answer to this better be “no!”, or you shall suffer the wrath of Hobbit Vikings.
    2) Any chance of you ever hopping the pond and visiting Ohio? ๐Ÿ˜›
    3) Do you have any intentions of following up on the archaeology degree, i.e. pursuing archaeology? ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m still a bit confused about the hop from Indiana to publisher (not that there’s a problem with that).

  7. Eight questions… Come people, there needs to be another 17 before I’ll write the post!

    (And prasanth, welcome to Bright Meadow and the comments ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  8. OK. Whaddya want for Christmas?
    Is there any one decision you have ever made that you would change?
    If you did, how would your life be different right now?
    What does it take for you to feel you really know someone?
    If you were a font (as in, arial etc) which would you be?


    Is there anything random that you are scared of? My mate Tony’s belly button scares me ’cause it is too smooth. I’m sure he is some sort of replicant.

  9. HAPPY belated Birthday!! Hope you had a great one!

    If you could be anywhere, right now for 4 weeks. where would that be?
    If you could move anywhere in the world where would you move to?
    If you were a superhero, what would be your name?

    There’s my tupence worth.. Looking forward to some of the answers.

  10. Happy belated, Cas! Sounds like you’re in the perfect place for 25 – enjoying what you have and looking forward to what’s to come!

    My question is: If you could live inside of any book you’ve ever read, which would it be?

  11. Ooh, I am so late to the party. Sorry about that. Well, happy birthday of course. I remember I was frightfully depressed when I turned 25. No idea why though. It’s a good age.

    As for your “I don’t” list, don’t worry: neither do I. You’re on track, believe me.

    Questions then. O dear.

    1. What invention haven’t they made yet that you NEED?
    2. With the creepiness quotient for dating (your age /2 +7) resulting in you being able to see anyone between about 19 and 37, would you have a preference?
    3. Seeing you had a podcast out once or twice, and since you blogged drunk, can we expect a drunk podcast? Or just a repeat of any of the two?

  12. Damn, more great questions (and birthday wishes – I like this, how far can I stretch the celebrations? We’re already at over a week!)

    I’m feeling to grumpy to go back through and count all the questions that have been submitted so far, so I’m going to say that if anyone else has anything they want to ask, keep asking! I’m going to be writing the post over the next week, but I expect I can push the 25 limit if it’s a good question ๐Ÿ˜‰

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