I love my parents very much, I think they’re great and they have supported me in every way possible all my life. This is more an exploration of a ‘funny sort of age’.

I’m stuck in a funny sort of limbo – home life and uni life. Many friends of mine have referred to home life as suffocating/claustrophobic. These feelings have nothing to do with parents, or offspring, or anyone’s individual actions. They are feelings that result merely from an unnatural environment. When birds fly the nest, they fly the nest, when monkey’s potter off into the jungle, they stay pottered off… It’s odd how so many humans pack themselves off to uni, set up a life, and then once every three months, come back home and are expected to regress to the independence-age of eighteen. This is not meant to sound as negative as it probably does – I like my parents, I like my family home, I like being back with the friends I have grown up with. What I don’t like is being worried about. Parents raise you to become who they want, I pretty much believe that’s inescapable. However, most people will in some ways digrees – will have some differences in opinions. There comes a point when you need to be left to apply what they taught you in your own world, your own environment. It is time to spread your wings. The problem with uni is you are allowed to grow them as far and wide as you like, only to have have them clipped once in a while.


Found this – – list of practice sessions the Brighton Dolphin Swimming club masters do. Now – I can add variety!

Published by michellearthurs

I'm an NCTJ Journalist and work at Cycling Weekly. Previous to this, I was the Editor at Total Women's Cycling. I've also dabbled in marketing and copywriting - having been Marketing Coordinator and Social Media/Content Editor at Evans Cycles. My first job was working on a local newspaper.  I've written for a variety of titles on a freelance basis, too. I got into cycling when I entered my first triathlon in 2010. I now race crits, road races, time trials, and do a lot of track training for not very much track racing.

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