21 and 2/3rds

Rhiannon Butlin

By Rhiannon Butlin


21 and 2/3rds 

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 and 3/4, begins with a set of New Year’s resolutions which include:

1. I will help the blind across the road.’

‘2. I will hang my trousers back up.’

‘7. I will help the poor and ignorant.’  

For Adrian, like other children, each new year holds enthralling new promise and the opportunity for ‘maturity’, something which children seem to fiercely strive for. But then we all begin to grow older, and as you tick off new experiences, your first drink, your first party, your first real holiday with friends, ‘the new’ begins to appear ever more finite. 

Consider the first time you began to learn to read, it seems almost impossible to imagine a moment in which words represented nothing more than a few dashes on a page. I was read to the day I was born, I learnt to read in primary school, I studied literature in secondary school, both at GCSE and A-Level and then I spent three more years studying it at University. Comfortable became an almost perpetual state within my professional life.

At 21 and 2/3rds it was with infantile glee that i began to realise how hopelessly clueless i was about Adobe Creative Cloud. I’m struggling through ‘Adobe Creative Cloud for Idiots – a book which probably weighs more than I do – at a snails pace. I’ve become just a little bit obsessed with a fifty-something Photoshop YouTuber called Jerry. 

Preparations for SCA 2.0 have reignited a childlike wonder which becomes increasingly illusive as you transition into adulthood and I’m looking forward to throwing myself headfirst into even more things I know absolutely nothing about. 

Which brings me back to our friend Adrian, in this regressive state it seems only appropriate to write my own New (academic) Year Resolutions for SCA 2.0, so here goes:

1. Try everything new at least once. 

2. Get my head round those bloody ‘layers’ in photoshop.

3. Proofread everything. And then proofread it again. And then proofread it one more time. 

4. Don’t skip the gym.  

5. Keep my room tidy.  

6. Be fearless. 


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