Monday, 14 March 2016

25 Things I want to do before I turn 25

I truly believe that your twenties are the prime years of your life. It's that time where you develop a sense of independency and a sense of new beginnings. You basically feel like you can conquer the world if you put your mind to it or that it's the perfect time to figure yourself out - away from everything and everyone that's trying to shape you into someone you're not.

Being in your twenties doesn't mean you have to go all out or that it's "now or never". Far from it. Your life is yours to live as you please, and being 21 or 23 or 27 doesn't mean it's the only time you can do something you've always wanted to do - you can do whatever is tickling your pickle or imagination at anytime in your life. 

Going into your twenties can be difficult. Actually, it's really not all that it's made out to be. Especially if you don't know what you want to do with your life, or you have so much to pick from that you're stuck and don't know where to go. It's a time characterized by the uncertainty of who we are, why we're here, and what we're supposed to do with ourselves. Thinking about my life, my plans, and what I really want to get out of it has helped me figure out that I've really not done much with it - if anything at all. And while that makes me sad at times, it's also quite exciting as it means there's so much more to come.

At 23 years of age, I am aware I've accomplished quite a few things. But I still don't know who I am, I only know who I want to be. I'm also aware that there are quite a few things I haven't done simply because I'm scared. Which is why I say I've not done much with my life in the first place.

I do consider myself to be quite an exciting person as I like adventures and I don't really like to be still in life. I'm not the type of person to watch other people accomplish their dreams while I sit back and wonder "why can't that be me?". 

I guess I've come to the conclusion that there's only one thing I want to grow up knowing: that I've done everything and I've experienced everything I've wanted to do or experience. That I didn't miss any opportunities because I was scared that it might not be the right time. That I don't think back 80% the time and wonder "what if?".

That is why I decided to sit down and make a list of the 25 things I want to do before I turn 25 - which is only about a year and a half away (my birthday's on November 16th). Nowadays it seems that time runs past us, which is ultimately why I decided to do this now as opposed to waiting until I hit 24. 

So without further-a-do, these are the things I want to do with my life.

#1 Travel to another continent;
#2 Go on a blind date;
#3 Learn how to say no - most importantly, to myself (Chocolate, I'm eyeing you);
#4 Run half a marathon;
#5 Finish every book I've ever bought;
#6 Take more pictures (capture more moments);
#7 Step out of my comfort zone and try to do something I wouldn't otherwise;
#8 Volunteer;
#9  Hit a fitness goal;
#10 Do a roadtrip with my friends;
#11 Go to one place I've always wanted to go;
#12 Revisit places that made you who you are;
#13 Buy something I've always wanted but haven't had the guts to buy;
#14 Learn how to speak proper German;
#15 Attend more concerts;  
#16 Practice photography skills;
#17 Stop comparing myself to other people;
#18 Start saving money to move out;
#19 Choose myself more often;
#20 Go to more festivals (preferably in another country);
#21 Learn new things to cook (while at that: cook more often);
#22 Appreciate life a little bit more;
#23 Stop worrying so much about getting older and not having your life figured out;
#24 Go on more dates (basically, stop being so damn insecure); 
#25 Fall in love;

What are some things you want to accomplish before you hit a certain age? Or the best advice you have for all of this self doubt that plagues the twenties?

Ella x

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