The dreaded 23 is slowly but surely approaching, and I’m shitting my knickers. 22 has been full of madness and fun and life lessons and me skipping around singing “I’m feeling twenty-twooo” but the age 23 just reminds me of Blink 182’s ‘What’s My Age Again?’ in which it’s repeated that ‘nobody likes you when you’re twenty-three’.
That’s not the only reason I hate the age 23 – I just feel like it’s that age where you’re supposed to have at least a moderate amount of your shit together. And, well, I don’t.
Anyway, I made a list of a few bits and bobs I actually do want to achieve before I’m the even-more dreaded 25. When I was 16 I thought I’d have a house and a career and a list of ticked boxes by the time I’m 25, but it’s slowly becoming apparent that this more than likely won’t be the case – let’s say more like 30. Instead, I want to have as much fun as I possibly can and actually get a few bits ticked off in the next three years. Should be a laugh.
Travel somewhere completely solo.
I’ve flown on my own more times than I can count, and I went abroad to work, but I feel like that was a bit different because I knew people there. Ever since I can remember I’ve wanted to go somewhere completely new, completely alone. Preferably a city in Europe with lots to see and do, and of course, a lot of good stuff to eat. So hopefully before I’m 25 I’ll get that one ticked off my list. They say solo travel is one of the most rewarding, empowering things you can do, so I definitely want to put that to the test and see for myself.
Get work experience or an internship with a media organisation.
I’m always reading that to get a good job in journalism it’s a wise idea to get some work experience along the way, so this is definitely something I want to do, hopefully in my second year. Even if it’s a newspaper or media company in Sheffield, I really want to get first-hand experience before I step into the world of journalism.
Do some volunteer work.
There are so many shit situations going on around the world that make me feel so grateful to be where I am. Even just being able to eat a hot meal every night and having a comfy bed to sleep in are little things to be grateful for, things that not everyone around the world has the luxury of enjoying. So going abroad somewhere and being exposed to how other people live is a really rewarding thing that I’d love to partake in, along with doing volunteering work to help people or animals. I feel like it’d be so good for the soul.
Actually learn to drive.
Yeah I still can’t drive, and it’s a bit embarassing really. I had a few lessons when I was 17 but I gave up after about 10, and it’s never something I’ve gone back to. I’ve always put it to the back of my mind and focused on other stuff, but I do need to learn. I’ll admit, it’s not at the top of my list, but it’s definitely up there.
Get the body I want at the gym.
It was only in February that I finally got off my arse and started going to the gym, thanks to Michaela’s nagging (luv you). But I actually love it and I never thought I’d save that! I’m not one of them really annoying gym bunnies Tweeting about protein shakes, but I try and go at least 3 times a week. I’m seeing results and it makes me happy so yeah, there’s that. But by 25 I want to look in the mirror and be able to say “dayum”.
Whether I actually achieve these things or not is unknown. Watch dis space.