I finally have sat down and watched the Up Series in it’s entirety. I’m now British and want one hundred more of these kinds of documentaries. It has invariably made me think of my life at these stages and I think this is what you would have seen.
7 - An overly excited child who believed the whole world was hers to conquer. Lovely hippie parents. When asked, Jaki said one day she would have a large family but still be famous and on her own.
14 - A shy, awkward child who hated every moment of being interviewed. Parents divorced. Largely in charge of her brother. Any questions of the future stopped all production.
21 - A complete wild child with no cares, ignorant of her family and living for her friends. When asked about her future she would be a writer and traveling around the world.
28 - Out on her own late in life and feeling the weight of it. Writing for a local magazine and trying to fit in as a normal adult. Shied away from questions about the future as she did not yet know it was acceptable to not want to be married with a family.
35 - Stable, working in Public Relations and Government affairs for the Chamber of Commerce.Surrounded by an amazing writing group and gaining confidence. Still not wanting children but warming to marriage.
What will 42 bring?