When I'm 24
by Eve Hart
tell us about yourself:
Im twenty-four-years-old and I live in Ramsbottom, near Bury,
in Greater Manchester. My boyfriend Justin and I have just bought our
first house together and at the moment my spare time is filled up with
hanging curtains, choosing paint colours and assembling flat-pack furniture.
I work as
a community journalist on the BBC GMR Bus where I help people tell their
own stories for radio all the time, so it was a bit of a shock having
to talk about myself for a change.
In my spare
time I support Colchester United FC, read an awful lot and am the proud
adoptive owner of a llama at Chester Zoo.
your story about?
My story is about growing up. When I was fourteen I thought I was really
grown up because I went out to town getting drunk and dancing with my
friends. Now I have a boyfriend, a house and responsibilities I really
can call myself grown up, but I worry whether Im not too grown up.
All my friends are still in the party mood. My story is about how it is
important to be happy more than anything else.
you choose to tell this particular story?
When I found out we had to tell a personal story I couldnt think
of anything for days. It made me feel like a really boring person. Then
I thought about my life now and how Im happy doing things other
people might think are mundane, like pottering in the shed and gardening,
and decided to tell that.
It is just
me and my life now. When I look back at the pictures in the film now I
cant believe I was so wild when I was 14, but Im still shocked
by how many people are surprised Im happy as I am just relaxing
and taking it easy. Maybe Ill have a mid-life crisis and go back
a stage when Im 35.
the experience of making your digital story like?
I have loved telling my digital story. Considering I couldnt think
of anything to say at the start of the storytelling workshop, I now have
at least three other stories Id love to tell too.
It was great
to read my story to other people and see what they thought before I started
putting it together. And I loved hearing the diversity of stories that
came out of the workshop. Its really satisfying to see how you can
make a few holiday snaps and personal photos, which wouldnt look
like much in an album, tell a powerful story, and in such a short time.
believe how professional the finished story looks, I never thought Id
be able to make anything that looked like that. Now I cant wait
to go home and show it to everyone I know.