Tuesday, 18 March 2014

21 Things For 21 Years

A month ago I turned 21 and had the most fantastic day with family and friends. However in the lead up to turning 21 and ‘officially becoming an adult’ I had what might be described as a quarter life crisis.

I really began to feel panicky and question what I was doing with my life. By some people’s standards I may be seen as successful. I have held down jobs and am currently a final year university student on track to graduate in the summer. But this didn’t cut it for me. I love education and plan to continue into postgraduate study but I came to the realisation that I have always focused on academia and was beginning to miss out on other small things that I really wanted to do.

So I have come up with 21 things, big and small, that I would like to achieve in my 21st year of being alive. Below, you can see the list and the reason behind why I want to do these things. I hope that as I achieve them I can share them with you by updating with regular posts.

The list

1)   Share my poetry
This is a big one for me. I am in love with poetry and have dabbled in it since I was young. I want to share some of my pieces on this blog and also share some spoken word poetry through YouTube.

2)   Travel without an adult
I have always gone on holiday with my family or on school trips. I want to travel without adult supervision and do the things that I want.

3)   Donate blood
I have often seen the drives at uni and around town and have always wanted to do this but I have always chickened out. I am going to have the guts to help someone out this year… as long as someone holds my hand.

4)   Learn to knit
My best friend’s mum (Hi Clare!) can knit and I have seen some of the interesting things that can be made. Also, it’s always nice to have different skills under your belt.

5)   Climb a mountain
I hope this one is possible. I really want to push myself out of my comfort zone this year and do things that no one would expect from me, including myself.

6)   Learn to ride a bike
As embarrassing as it is to admit, I never learned how to ride a bike when I was younger. We moved so much that I never had the chance to get taught properly and as I got older I just felt like it would be stupid to learn. I guess it’s time to shake off that stigma.

7)   Run a 10K
I have run 5K’s and just want to take it to the next level

8)   Tie dye a t shirt
It looks like a lot of messy fun. If anyone has any tips I would greatly appreciate it!

9)   Try more adventurous bakes
If you know me you will know I am a big fan of ‘Great British Bake Off’. I have baked a few things but my portfolio mainly consists of victoria sponge and fairy cakes. My sister bought me a Mary Berry recipe book for my birthday so I plan to get more stuck in in the kitchen.

10)                  Explore more of my city
Swansea is probably known for a few negative things but there’s a lot of beauty if you just go looking for it.

11)                  Go ice skating
I can’t remember the last time I went and being self conscious I know I didn’t spend too long on the ice. This time around I want to just go for it and hopefully not break anything!

12)                  Finish ‘Wreck this journal’
I received a ‘Wreck this box’ from my parents for my birthday. I am excited to get stuck in!

13)                  Walk through an aquarium
I have a fear of aquariums. I don’t like the thought of so much water being behind glass. I always have the stupid though of what if it breaks. However I do love a lot of aquatic animals so I want to conquer this fear.

14)                  Cover my wall in photos
Having been gifted an old polaroid camera for my birthday I have decided that my bedroom wall should be slowly spruced up with some photographs.

15)                  Do my bit for charity
I want to raise some money for charity throughout the year. I’m not entirely sure what I want to do yet or what charities I want to support but I have started to look into it.

16)                  Become happier with my body
I have always had issues with the way I look. This year (and hopefully for many to come) I want to start being more accepting of my body and my looks.

17)                  Make an effort with YouTube
Some of you may know that I have a YouTube channel that I use in tandem with this blog to make reviews, book hauls and discussions. I really want to keep on top of this because it’s something that I really enjoy doing.

18)                  Read more classics
Looking at my bookshelf I have noticed that there is a stunning lack of classics. I have promised to correct this.

19)                  Learn to say ‘I love you’ in 50 different languages
I really have a love of languages and although I know it would take me over a year to learn 50 languages fluently I want to be able to say this small phrase. Anyone who wants to help out let me know!

20)                  Become a pokemon master
Start and finish a chosen pokemon game and document them all in the pokedex.

21)                  Get in touch with my spiritual side

I’m a big believer in karma and that you reap what you so. I want to stop being so bogged down with negative things and have a bit of a spiritual cleanse.

*All images are from Google Images


Krys K said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this list! I wish you all the best of luck in this grand adventure you've set ahead for yourself :)

Zara Ahmed said...

Thank you so much! I think it is definitely going to be a busy year. :D x