The problem with being 25, female and constantly hungry in this day and age is that it burns a scorching hot hole in your wallet every single day. Every food stall you pass by will for sure emanate that warm and distinct food smell; the kind that sticks to your shirt and asserts their irresistibility on your clothes. Before you know it, your hands, hopeless, are reaching into your wallet, handing the vendor $5 and now you have a little paper boat containing three balls of flour and squid (which you didn’t really need, you weren’t even that hungry.. But these takoyakis do taste good!)

The problem with being 25, female and constantly hungry is that you have to stay away from two particular objects: The full-body mirror and the weighing scale. You know you scarf massive amounts of food, which is why you dread the said objects. Looking at the numbers on the weighing scale, however cliché, will without a doubt scar your self esteem. Observing your body in a full length mirror will only result in you criticizing yourself for eating the takoyaki from earlier and how it did its toll on your body. You will end up being unnecessarily upset over an unattained, fantasized image of the perfect body, which will eat you up inside as the days go by.

The problem with being 25, female and constantly hungry is that you are a mere 5 years away from being 30. As a result, your body and mind panic; you realize that your young adulthood days are coming to and end and that you have to start ‘taking life seriously’. Your shoulders gradually begin to feel heavy, which, you realize is the weight of the responsibilities that you possess and will have in the very near future. You will have to be able to take care of both (all four if you have step parents too) your parents as well as your little toddler sister who will be a child enrolled in school by the time you reach 30 years old, all while acquiring and maintaining a new home for yourself with the money you have procured from working a stable job. Goodbye, young adulthood. I didn’t want you to end.

However..

The amazing thing about being 25, female and constantly hungry in this day and age is that all that money-spending will undeniably trigger a realization—You cannot keep giving into these cravings whenever a certain kind of food/s entices you. Being 25 will make you finally grasp the actual fact that you are certainly above being lured into eating whenever something ‘looks good’. Treating yourself to takoyaki boats or cute colourful macarons from time-to-time is certainly okay, but you know that no amount of adorable little balls of squid or crunchy almond-based dessert is worth being broke, penniless and financially immobile. You know now the value of mind over matter, at 25.

The amazing thing about being 25, female and constantly hungry is that you will stay away from two particular objects: Sugar and hate. This is most absolutely the result of excessive self-criticizing, specifically in the body image department. To hate your own body and to constantly disapprove its very shape and being is without a doubt an unhealthy practice, and you know it has to stop. You realize that one way to stop it is be aware of what you put in your mouth. It’s not that you’re committing yourself to ‘clean eating’ or any sort of diet fads, it’s just that you are cutting down on the sugar so that you will feel great after every time you eat, instead of feeling the opposite. You will learn to appreciate your body more, which will drive you to maintain an eating habit that will preserve your health. You know now the value of keeping a strong and healthy body and of loving yourself, at 25.

The amazing thing about being 25, female and constantly hungry is that you are a mere 5 years away from being 30. Once the realization of young adulthood slipping away kicks in, you will grab life by the reins and control it. You realize that there is absolutely no need to panic. Instead, just do. Sulking about feeling the heaviness pushing on your shoulders will do nothing. Instead, put some relief on your poor body. You will work hard and even harder to obtain an occupation that provides a stable income, and you will start taking care of all of your parents, even if starts from something as little as paying for their monthly internet or electric bills (trust me, they will appreciate you paying for their Korean Drama bingeing habits). You will slowly start to take care of your little sister and cherish the time when you get to spend with her for the whole day before she gets enrolled in pre-school. Yes, young adulthood is slipping away, but that is it, it has not completely gone. You will still sometimes go on that sleepover with your best girl friends from high school, and you will still occasionally stay out late with your best friends talking and laughing the night away. You now know the value of cherishing the moments you have with the people you love, at 25.

25, female and constantly hungry will bring about a lot of problems as well as amazing, fulfilling times. Ultimately it is about finding a balance.