Marriage. Why The Rush?

I’ve reached the stage in my life where I’m bombarded with the question ‘When are you getting married?’  Now, if you know me, you know that this question grinds my gears. But what makes matters worse is that it’s now followed by the statement, ‘you’re not getting any younger’. WHAT? I’m NOT getting any younger?  And all this time I thought I was Benjamin Button. Thanks for clearing that one up.

I’m only 22. Don’t people know that we don’t live in Elizabethan times and we don’t have to get married before the age of 20 and pop out 5 kids before we turn 24. Am I right? I’m not ready to be an adult; I still eat Milo out of the jar for heaven sake. Seriously, if you feel ready for all those things then it’s all good, but if you don’t, don’t for one second feel bad about it.

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Game Of Thrones’ Sansa’s reaction when finding out she has to get married at the age of 13

Life is not a competition. We’re all running your own race so it doesn’t matter when you reach the ‘finish line’. It’s cool if you want to live your life getting to know yourself as much as you can, before you have to live it with someone else and getting to know them.

I get excited when I hear my friends or my cousins are getting married. Marriage can be beautiful. The idea used to scare me but it doesn’t scare me as much anymore. I’m just not ready at this moment and that’s okay.

When I do get married, I hope it’s lovely and I hope we can watch New Girl and Friends together and take spontaneous road trips and (similar taste in music would be a bonus). But for now, my betrothal will just have to wait a little longer.

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Right now I’m starting out in my career, I’m partially saving up to see the world (ok, at least one country) and I’m finding out what I’m good at (Note to self: painting isn’t one of them).

So people, stop asking other people when they’re getting married, because when they actually are getting married, you’re going to feel awfully embarrassed when they give you a date and you find out you aren’t invited.

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Some of the Best Movie Makeovers

I love makeovers in movies, like when the unpopular (usually geeky with hidden beauty) girl has to change her look to achieve something, e,g, get the guy, go undercover as Miss America for police business or find out they’re actually a princess (only happens in Hollywood, unfortunately).

Here are my top 6:

Mia Thermopolis in Princess Diaries

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Okay, so all the kid had to do was take off her glasses and straighten her hair and Mama Mia she automatically becomes a royal bombshell. If only it were that easy in real-life? Anne Hathaway did two makeover roles, I’m sure you all remember her stylish transformation in The Devil Wears Prada?

Lanie in She’s All That

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This was one of my favourite movies as a teen. I had the biggest crush on Freddie Prinze Jnr. and thought Rachel Leigh Cook was as cute as a button. And again, all Lanie had to do was take off her glasses and change her hair and voila she’s a prom queen. Why don’t you try to turn Honey Boo Boo’s mom into prom queen, Hollywood? Now THAT would be a challenge.

Cady heron in Mean Girls

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Before Lindsay Lohan turned to cocaine and reckless driving, she played Cady Heron in Mean Girls. Cady went from sweet and down-to-earth teenager to an absolute fetch mean girl. Yep, I just made fetch happen. Also, I’m from Africa and I know that no high school student in Africa would ever wear that pink shirt.

Gracie Hart in Miss Congeniality

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I love Sandra Bullock. And I loved her character, Gracie Hart. Gracie Hart had to undergo the hardest transformation, because it wasn’t just about looking pretty, it was about becoming a real lady – one who has poise, knows how to style her hair and not leave any steak in her teeth. But in the end, you wanted to hug her, you wanted to kiss her, you thought she was gorgeous, so it was all worth it.

Sandy in grease

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When Sandy, played by Olivia Newton John, went from ‘Golly, I love sunshine’ to leather clad ‘Tell me about it, stud’, it became movie makeover history and everyone got multiplying chills. It was a drastic makeover, she even had a cigarette in her mouth… don’t you know Danny Zuko isn’t going to like you more with smoky breath? Hopelessly devoted to smelling like an ashtray.

Josie Grosie in Never Been Kissed

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With a nickname like Josie Grosie, you know you don’t have a lot going for you. But with inspiration from the most popular girls in school, you can go from nerdy undercover reporter to ‘even-my-hot-young-teacher-wants-to-hit-this’ kind of cute.

Some other favourites: Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, Emma Stone in House Bunny and Brittany Murphy in Clueless.