After graduating over a month ago, it would seem that I’ve reached a weird crossroads in life. I’m a twenty-one year old who has never been out of education since the age of five. So, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t struggling to adapt to this new kind of normal. Therefore, in order to keep myself sane, and remind myself that anything is possible, I’ve decided to create my very own ’30 before 30.’ I’ll be twenty two on the 24th December, which means I’ve got exactly 8 years, 15 weeks and 5 days to achieve these things. Here’s hoping I do!
My ’30 Before 30′ List!
- Traditionally publish a fictional book – Out of everything on this list, this is definitely one of the most important to me. Having chaired a Literary society this year, and contributed to the self-publication of an anthology, it seems only fitting that I attempt to get my own work published.
- Pass my driving test – Having booked my first driving lesson over a year ago, and then proceeded to take a lot of breaks, I’ve decided that it’s now or never. My test is booked for a few weeks time, so hopefully this one will be checked off before the new year!
- Learn a new language – I’m not expecting to be fluent, but I do want to start learning either Turkish (in order to speak to one side of my family without the need for google translator) or French (A language I studied at GCSE level and actually came to enjoy).
- Travel solo – Although I’m not the kind of person that solo travelling was probably made for, I would like to take one trip abroad by myself.
- Live in another country – I don’t have a time limit for this goal. It could be a month or a year. I just know that I want to do it whilst I’m still young.
- Take a photography class – Over the past few years, I’ve grown ever more interested in the art of taking photos. It’s a skill that I believe is invaluable, and I’d love to learn more about it.
- Be financially self-sufficient – I’m not expecting to be rich, but it would be nice to be financially stable enough to live comfortable without the help of others.
- Run a half marathon – It would be too unrealistic to imply that I would ever run a full marathon. So, I think a half one would suffice.
- Hike to Machu Picchu – An experience of a lifetime that I’m sure I’d never forget.
- Zip wire off Snowdonia – This has been a bucket list kind of dream for ages, and it was only made worse by my obsession with Divergent a few years ago. There’s no question about it, I’m definitely ticking this one off!
- See the Northern lights – I know this is a generic one, but can you blame me?
- Take a road trip around Scotland – Scotland is a beautiful country, and there are so many places I’d loved to see someday.
- Go to the top off the Eiffel Tower – I’ve visited Paris, but sadly, never done this. Here’s hoping I do someday!
- Visit my ‘bucket list libraries’ – Yes I have a bucket list purely for libraries, which I will most likely share in a post. No, I am not ashamed of this.
- Buy my own house – Everyone knows it’s becoming increasingly difficult to become a homeowner, but hopefully, with a lot of hard work and a bit of luck, I can achieve this one.
- Go to the German Christmas markets – Christmas has always been my favourite time of year. So, what’s a better way to get into the festive spirit than do this?
- Attend at least one concert every year – I love live music, and I’ve been fortunate enough to see the likes of Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Imagine Dragons perform live.
- See the musical ‘Dear, Evan Hansen’ – Although it’s currently only available on Broadway, I’m still holding out hope that it will make it’s debut on the West End soon enough.
- Be content with my career – My current unemployed self is desperate for this to come true. Alas, everything takes time and I’m naturally impatient. Whether I ever become a full time author, or find another career path that I’m passionate about, I hope it fulfills me.
- Get married/ Be thinking about marriage – I’m currently single and I doubt that will change anytime soon. However, I’m also a hopeless romantic. So, whether you agree with marriage or not, I know that I’m excited to plan my wedding someday.
- Attend a peaceful protest – Whether it be a women’s march, or something I deem equally as important, I definitely want to attend a peaceful protest someday. Freedom of speech is something I hold in the highest regard, and quite frankly, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with standing up for what you believe in. (As long as you are not hurting others).
- Read at least fifty new books– This year I’ve really struggled to find the motivation to read, especially as I would often prefer to write instead. So, in light of my poor reading efforts, I think this goal, albeit seemingly small for some and large for others, is the kind of challenge that I need.
- Get my hair dyed – I’ve considered doing this for years, but I’ve never had the guts to follow through.
- Visit at least five new countries – Although this number may seem small, I would also like to be realistic. Travelling, despite what social media has made it seem, is definitely a luxury that not everyone can afford. So, the chance to visit even a few of the places on my bucket list is good enough for me.
- Become more minimalist – I doubt I will ever become an actual minimalist, but I do hope to make more careful purchases, re-use what I already have, and donate a lot more of my unwanted clothes.
- Eat a more plant based diet – I’ve never liked to put a label on my eating habits, but I do believe in the benefits of a plant based diet. Science doesn’t lie, and if eating less animal products can help my health, the well being of animals and the planet, then that’s something I’m willing to try.
- Learn how to cook – I’m not expecting to be the next best chef, but it would be nice to feel confident in my own cooking abilities.
- Attend a Lantern festival – Whether it be in China, Thailand or somewhere else, I’m determined to see the floating lanterns at least once in my lifetime.
- Be less self critical – My dream of becoming a writer, as well as the fact that I’m young and have so much left to learn, often causes me to be overly self-critical. This is a thing that I hope will change, or at least get easier to deal with, as the years pass by.
- Appreciate the small things and be happy – It’s easy to get caught up in achieving big life goals, and checking off your favourite bucket list dreams. However, every day can be equally as fulfilling if we learn to appreciate the small things just as much as the big.
What is on your ’30 before 30′ list? If you’ve written a similar post, or would just like to share some of your goals, let me know in the comments below.
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