One thing I am continually told is how aspirational I am, there is so much I want to achieve and experience over the coming years. I am currently sat writing this aged 18 (and 5 months) – those 5 months make all the difference, promise, with my whole life ahead of me. Turning 18 means that I am now an actual adult (how was that allowed to happen), but it also means that a whole new world of opportunities have been opened up for me. I no longer need permission to do anything, no longer need to travel with an adult, because I apparently I am one, I can do it all by myself, how exciting yet absolutely terrifying – I can literally do whatever I want, within reason of course.
That being said, I thought it would be a good idea for me to make a list of all the things I want to achieve and experience before I turn 25. I hope I am sat reading this in 7 years time having done everything on this list. So hola there future Han, I hope you’ve had the most amazing 7 years packed with exciting trips, experiences, embarrassing moments, laughs, and not too many tears (incase you had forgotten, 18 year old you shed too many tears and you vowed to not get upset over people that weren’t worth it).
1) Girls Holidays
Something that I think everyone should do at some point in their lives is a girls (or boys) holiday. I want to make sure I go on multiple girls holidays, try at least one a year, that may be a bit optimistic, but its worth a shot.
I love festivals, the best weekends of my life have been weekends spent drinking in fields listening to my favourite bands. I want to make sure that I go to at least 1 weekend festival every year too, even if they are the smaller ones, sometimes they’re the best ones.
3) Edinburgh Christmas Markets
This may potentially seem like a really weird one, but I am a sucker for a good christmas market, nothing like sipping hot chocolate (or mulled wine if your tastebuds are sophisticated enough for that, mine definitely aren’t), while wandering around christmassy stalls. I’ve always seen so many pictures of Edinburgh at Christmas and it looks so festive, so thats somewhere on my list of places to visit.
4) Zip World Penrhyn Quarry
Although I’m not a fan of heights, I really really really want to do the fastest Zip wire in the world, I recon it would be a pretty amazing experience.
5) Learn to Say No
I’m the worst person when it comes to saying no to things that I don’t want to do, its almost like I don’t even know how to say the word. Hopefully by 25 I would have learnt that it’s okay to say no if I don’t want to do something and I shouldn’t feel bad for that.
6) Be More Spontaneous
I’m not great at this, I normally like to have a complete plan when it comes to going out and doing things, I’d like to let get out of this comfort zone and do things without always thinking too much into it, planning it too much.
7) Go to America
I’ve wanted to go to America for as long as I can remember, I’ve always said I’ve wanted to live there, but with there political system in absolute shambles, I don’t think that will be happening any time soon. But I definitely want to visit it, preferably either LA or New York.
8) Have a Weekend in Venice
Ideally spent with my other half (any volunteers, hola me). Venice is another place I’ve always wanted to visit, I think its one of those places that I would only like to spend a weekend in though.
9) New York, Paris & Milan Fashion Week
I studied Fashion and Textiles at college and am now specialising in Textile design, so I am a bit of a fashion hoe. Year on year I sit watching all the fashion weeks wishing I was there, so by the time I’m 25 I want to have been to these at least once.
10) Sign Up to a Gym
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my heart will forever lie in running, but I’ve also wanted to start weight lifting for a while now. I mean with a dodgy back and knees it probably isn’t my best move, but I want to give it a go for sure.
11) Have Ran a Half and Be Training for a Full
That’s in regards to a marathon, incase you were wondering. While I’m young I want to focus on getting fast and hitting new PBs, but by 25 I want to be getting in the longer distances and by then my body should be ready for a full marathon, something I have always wanted to do.
12) Host My Own Dinner Party
All of my friends will vouch for me when I say this, but I am utterly obsessed with Come Dine With Me and I’ve always wanted to host my own dinner party like Come Dine With Me, I mean I don’t know how well it would end, because I’m not a great cook, but I think it will be a laugh.
13) Try Being a Veggie
Countless times have I said I am going to go vegetarian and countless times have I let myself down and not done it, don’t know what it is but I just can’t stick to it. Despite this, I want to give it a proper shot at some point.
14) Take a City Break Alone
Take some time for myself, visit a city that I have always wanted too and explore it all on my own.
15) Stop Letting People Walk All Over Me
I’m writing this as I have just been made a mug of once again (by ‘friends’), I refuse to let it keep happening, so by the time I hit 25 I refuse to let anyone walk all over me, and take me for a complete mug. It isn’t fair and I’m worth more than that.
16) Watch More Movies
I always dread conversations when they turn to movie talk, because I have barely seen any movies ever and people always seem to judge me hard for that. So I’m going to at least try to watch some movies that I’m pretty sure I definitely should have seen by now.
17) Read More Books
It calms your anxiety, will broaden your knowledge and writing skills, do I need any more reasons to do more of it? No, I think not.
18) Get My Dream Job
Still not entirely sure what that is yet, but by 25 I want to be well on my way to either having or getting my dream job within the Textiles Industry.
19) Teach Myself a New Language
I’ve also said this for the longest time, I need to stop just saying it and actually do it. Not entirely sure what language I want to learn yet, but I think being able to speak another language is so cool and always an interesting talking point.
20) Dinner In The Sky
I think this will be a really cool date idea (any volunteers, swing my way), but dinner in the sky looks like the most amazing experience, not if you’re terrified of heights though, you probably wouldn’t like it.
21) Have My Own House or Flat
Depending on where I’m living at 25 will depend on whether I have a house or flat, but by this age I want to have my own place that I can call mine. This may be hard work, but I’m willing to give it a go.
22) Learn to Surf
I have wanted to learn to surf since I was about 10, so I think its about time I gave it a go, I know I’ll love it, I’ve just never got round to doing it before.
23) Try 10 New Restaurants I’ve Always Wanted to Go To
Note to self, they aren’t allowed to be Italian. I love my Italian food, when I go out to eat, 9 times out of 10 it will be Italian food, so I need to get out and try new restaurants, places that I’ve always wanted to go to.
24) Teach Myself Photography (again)
I started to teach myself photography at about 13, but then for some reason got out of the habit of it, I recently picked it up again and had forgotten how much I love it. Don’t give it up this time.
25) Start Earning From Tattoo Design
I’ve been tattoo designing for about a year now, but I am far to scared to start earning commission from them incase people don’t like them. I’ve so far stamped 4 people with my creations. So I want to get the confidence to start earning from my designs, because they are good enough.
Wow thats a lot for me to achieve over the next 7 years, best get going.
What are your goals for the coming years?