I’m officially 24 years old and despite the fact that I can no longer claim to be in my early twenties and I’m officially more adult than young adult, I can easily say that I’m looking forward to my 24th year of life.
Growing up 25 was my pinnacle age. It was the age that I wanted to have reached career goals, settle down, start a family… just basically have my (pardon the language) shit together by. Well, I’ve just turned 24 and most of that is nowhere in sight, something I’ve come to terms with and accepted. That realisation, however, led me to create a bucket list of things I wanted to do before I turn 25 as kind of a ‘You’re not where you thought you’d be but life’s still good’ kinda thing and I thought I’d share it all with you. So here it is, 24 things I want to do in my 24th year!
- Raise money for MND research. My grandad has Motor Neurone Disease and since his diagnosis, my family and I have actively taken part in many fundraisers. This year I either want to start my ow fundraiser or raise a good $2000 on my own to help find a cause and a cure.
- Join a fitness class. I hate exercise. I’ve only recently just started walking more often and I go to the gym once or twice a week but I’ve always wanted to take either a spin class or a fitness class at a trampoline centre. I’m finally going to do it this year.
- Get straight A’s. I’ve only ever gotten straight A’s in high school. For my undergrad, I’ve never really expected straight A’s (nor tried for it to be fair) but I think it’d be cool to reach.
- Reach 100k followers on Instagram. It’s March and I’m so close to 50k, so it’s not completely unreasonable. I just think it’d be a really, really awesome achievement.
- Cut sugar out of my diet. I can easily say I’m addicted to sugar. 100%. I have a chronic sweet tooth and while I’m trying to eat healthy sugar is my weakness. I don’t need it to be a long term change, I just wanna give it a go to see the changes that happen and if it benefits my life in any way.
- Take control of my anxiety. I’ve touched on this before but I suffer from Generalised Anxiety Disorder. It’s been something that’s plagued me for the majority of my life. I’ll go more in-depth with my experience with anxiety, treatments and all of that in a later blog post but something I really want to do is finally get a grip on my anxiety triggers. Whilst I can manage and control most of it, there are still a few big triggers that I just can’t seem to overcome or rationalise that I think I need to. I really want to be able to do this year.
- Start a part-time job. For no other reason than I want more money. Simple.
- Turn Bookish & Bright into a business. This is something I’ve talked about to my family but I’m still not sure of the plan yet. I’d love for Bookish & Bright to not only be a blog but also a business. Not entirely sure if that’ll be an online store, something for students or what but I’d love to figure that out.
- Write a novel. I’ve always loved to write and since about October last year I’ve had this idea in my head. I write some notes on my phone, kinda wrote the first chapter and that was it. I think it’d be awesome if I could finally write it out and just tick that off my list.
- Dye my hair a cool colour. A few years back I dyed the ends of my hair pink and loved it. I’d love to do that again or even something a little more drastic… especially before I step my foot into the professional world.
- Find my own personal style. I have no idea what my style is. I focus on comfort and what takes the least amount of effort to put on and wear. I’d love to figure out my own personal style and just rock it.
- Travel overseas. I’ve been overseas before and loved it. I think it’s one of those things that everyone has to do at least once. I’m dying to do it again.
- Do something extra special for my grandparents. My grandparents are the greatest. They’ve raised my humongous family and despite every hardship, they’re facing at the moment, they still go above and beyond for all of us. I’d love to do something big and amazing just to let them now how much I love them and appreciate everything they’ve ever done for me.
- Finish furnishing and decorating my apartment. My apartment is a half-furnished mess. Why? Well one, I’m lazy. Two, I’m extremely indecisive. Three, I don’t have the time. And four, I can’t be bothered. I have a bed, I have Netflix and I have a fridge. I think it’s time to be a bit more adult and actually, furnish my apartment so when people come over I’m not constantly being asked when I moved in and sheepishly replying “about a year ago”.
- Figure out exactly what branch of Psychology I want to work in. I’m constantly going back and forth on this. Do I want to work in social work, clinical psych, developmental psych or sports psych? and from there, do I want to practice or research? Ugh, so many decisions but since graduation is looming, it’s time to finally decide.
- Start paying off my student loans. I’m very lucky that here in Australia, the government pays for my education and once I start earning enough money, my loan repayments come straight out of my income. It’s simple, it’s easy, it means that I can go to uni and keep my kidney. The only problem is my student loan is ridiculous, so starting to pay it off early will definitely help me out in the long run.
- Finally putting a skin care regime in place. I’m one of those annoying people who’ve always had great skin with minimal effort. I also treat my skin horribly (I’m so sorry, face.) so I think now that I’m getting older it’s time to start looking after my skin and that means not being lazy, taking my makeup off at the end of the night and using real skin care products!
- Get a tattoo. I have ummed and ahhed over a tattoo since I was 16. I’ve thought of several ideas but nothing’s ever stuck. This year I’m going to bite the bullet and get something small and inconspicuous but also meaningful. What that is, I have no idea but I’ll figure it out… hopefully.
- Spend less time on social media and more time with people. We live in a digital age and it’s so easy to think that you’re spending quality time with someone when you’re really on your phone for the entire conversation. I wanna spend more quality time with people but also connect more with people without the use of technology.
- Watch the Star Wars and Lord Of The Rings series. I’m the Harry Potter nerd that lives in a family of Star Wars enthusiasts. I’ve yet to be persuaded to watch both the Star Wars and LOTR series but I feel like I finally need to so I can understand the hype.
- Adopt a kitten… or a fish. I want a kitten so bad. It’s probably not the most realistic since I am so busy, so if I can’t get a kitten, I guess I’ll settle for a fish… or maybe a pot plant.
- Own something designer. This is just a self-absorbed whim but I’d love to own something designer. No real reason why other than – I want to, haha.
- Learn how to check the oil/water/coolant in my car. Okay, I know nothing about cars. In fact, when I recently took my car to get serviced and they asked how long my car had been leaking coolant and what the gauge normally sat at, I had to shrug my shoulders and go home and google what coolant was. I have absolutely no interest in cars but I figure I should probably learn the basics so I don’t find myself in some car trouble one day.
- Reflect and journal more often. This kind of links back to getting control of my anxiety. I like journalling and being able to reflect but I find it such a hard hobby to keep up with, despite knowing it helps me control my anxiety. I just want to make more of an effort with setting time for it this year.
I realise most of these things are ridiculously easy to achieve and most of them are things normal 24-year-olds have already done and achieved but I haven’t yet and I want to. The other half of these things are things that I’ve been meaning to do for a long time but for one reason or another, I just haven’t done. This year, I’ll finally be able to cross them off of my bucket list. If you have any tips for any of the things on my list, let me know! I’m sure I’ll need the help!
Do you have a bucket list? What’s something on your bucket list you’d like to complete this year? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear all about it!