As my twenty-first birthday looms close, bringing with it clouds of graduation and lightning strikes of possible unemployment, I’ve been thinking about the future a lot lately. This of course is terrifying, but also kind of exhilarating, a little like turning off the power to my riding mower while it’s going downhill. (Why yes, I am a country girl at heart, why do you ask?) A few years ago I ran across the idea of doing 20 things before you hit 20, or 19 before 19. I tried that, but I had a hard time setting things that were achievable. So instead I’ve created a list of 25 things to do over the next four years before I turn 25. That way it’s a smaller number per year, and some of them are very simple. This list is part to-do list, part goals list, and part bucket list. I know that sounds a little morbid, but it’s not really. I’m not planning on dying any time soon. In fact, that’s the last thing I intend to do.
I started this list with something I think I’ll have done by eighteen months from now, knock wood. Moving to a new place by myself. This, hopefully, will happen relatively quickly after graduation. There are also things like “Get a driver’s license” which are definitely more life to-do than goals, but will (hopefully) be easily accomplished. Then there are the bigger things, like “Publish a book” which is a lofty goal.
I haven’t finished the list yet. Currently it’s only 23 items long, but I have four and change years for it, so that’s okay.
1. Move to a new place by myself.
2. Get a tattoo.
3. Run a 5k.
4. Birthday & holiday cards.
5. Visit a city by myself.
6. Visit Europe.
7. Publish a book.
8. Buy a subscription to Evernote prime.
9. Buy a subscription to Spotify premium.
10. Get my blog off the ground.
11. Adopt an animal.
12. Become an active alumna of Phi Sigma Pi.
13. Attend a Phi Sigma Pi conference.
14. Surprise someone with something special each month.
15. Try out a notebook planner.
16. Buy a pair of quality nude pumps.
17. Get my master’s degree.
18. Visit Canada.
19. Learn a language well.
20. Buy stock.
21. Learn how to code well enough to make my own website.
22. Get a driver’s license.
23. Go vegan for a week.
24. ?25. ?
Have you ever run across this idea before? (If you have, please share the link! I still need two more.) Would you consider making a similar list? Have you made a list of tasks to accomplish before a birthday? Have suggestions for my last two? Please share. Tell me more, tell me more!