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When I'm 24 by Eve Hart

Please tell us about yourself:

I’m 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.

What is 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 I’m 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.

Why did you choose to tell this particular story?
When I found out we had to tell a personal story I couldn’t think of anything for days. It made me feel like a really boring person. Then I thought about my life now and how I’m 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 can’t believe I was so wild when I was 14, but I’m still shocked by how many people are surprised I’m happy as I am just relaxing and taking it easy. Maybe I’ll have a mid-life crisis and go back a stage when I’m 35.

What was the experience of making your digital story like?
I have loved telling my digital story. Considering I couldn’t think of anything to say at the start of the storytelling workshop, I now have at least three other stories I’d 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. It’s really satisfying to see how you can make a few holiday snaps and personal photos, which wouldn’t look like much in an album, tell a powerful story, and in such a short time.

I can’t believe how professional the finished story looks, I never thought I’d be able to make anything that looked like that. Now I can’t wait to go home and show it to everyone I know.

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