I turned twenty today! As I’m sure you all know, I adore making lists and setting goals, the bigger the better. I thought it would be fun to create a bucket list of things to do during the next year of my life, with one task for each of the years I’ve been alive. I hope to make this a tradition, developing a new bucket list on each birthday and each year adding one more item than was on my list before.
Some of my goals are small, while others are ambitiously large. I look forward to all of them and I hope that you enjoy reading this post and learning about how I want to spend my next year!
1. Travel to another continent
I traveled all over the United States on vacation when I was a kid, and I’ve been to Canada a few times, but I’ve never left North America! I would love to travel overseas, and hopefully that will happen soon.
2. Make the President’s List
I already talked about this a little in a post about my goals for the 2016-17 school year: Since I made the Dean’s List twice last year, I set my sights even higher and am now working to maintain a 4.0 GPA for the entire school year. It’s very demanding and more than a bit stressful, but I think I should be able to do it in the end!
3. Start learning ASL
One of my friends here also wants to learn, so we’ve decided to work on this together! We both agree that it’s disheartening when you have no one to practice with, so we want to make time to get together and practice our skills!
4. Meet an online friend
I desperately want this to happen! Some of the most important people in my life are Internet friends and it’s just so weird to think that we’ve known each other for three or four or five years, but have never actually hung out in person. It’s not fair that they live so far away!
5. Study abroad
This overlaps a little with traveling to another continent, but that’s OK. They’re not entirely the same: After all, I want to go out and explore when I’m not busy studying! I hope to attend the Irish Writing Program in Dublin in the summer of 2017!
6. Read The Silmarillion
This was going to be on my list anyway, but now that a movie deal was announced I have to make sure I read it in time! I found this book quite challenging when I attempted to read it a few years time, but I think that since then I’ve grown better at making my way through difficult texts. (Blame boring course readings for that!)
7. Donate blood
I hate needles, and having blood drawn makes me feel queasy. Yet I still want to donate. I want to help people. Even if I hate the process so much I never donate blood again, I want to be able to say that I finally did it.
8. Get a job writing for a newspaper or online publication
Whether I end up writing for the Daily Iowan here in town, or an online newspaper or magazine, I’d love to start getting my writing out there – more “out there” than this little blog, that is. I currently have plenty of ideas of places I could apply to. B
9. Dye my hair
I’ve never had brightly colored hair so I’m excited to see how it looks on me – and if everything goes as planned, this should happen really soon! My friend Jill offered to dye my hair blue on the same day that she touches up hers. I can’t wait!
10. Shave my head
Again, if everything goes according to plan, this will also be accomplished relatively soon: Once the dye begins to fade and you can see the dark brown roots of my hair, I want to just shave it all off. So that will probably happen sometime before Thanksgiving… you can definitely expect to see me try many different hairstyles over the next year or so. Chopping my hair off this summer made me more willing to experiment!
11. Hold a leadership role in a campus organization
I was an officer in several clubs during high school, but didn’t do any of that stuff freshman year because I was so busy. This time around, though, I want to get more involved in something I’m passionate about – and I can write it on my resume!
12. Get another piercing
I want a third set of lobe piercings, as well as an industrial piercing in my left ear… but the lobe piercings will likely be much less expensive, so I’ll probably get those first. The industrial piercing may not even happen for a few years, but I love how they look so I definitely will be getting one in the future.
13. Come out to my grandparents
Admittedly, this has been on my to-do list for a long time and just the thought of actually telling them makes me feel anxious. I’m determined to do it this year anyway, though. Not to be morbid, but my grandparents won’t be around forever and I want to tell them because right now it feels like I’m hiding a huge part of my life. I want them to know who I really am before it’s too late and I regret having never said anything.
14. Go on a road trip with friends
Probably not even a long road trip. I’m not picky about either the destination or the length. I just want to have this experience.
15. Complete a Wreck This Journal
I doubt I will begin this until November, at the earliest, because I left all my art supplies back home. I love the idea behind Wreck This Journal and can’t wait to see how artsy and messy it turns out!
16. Read Les Misérables
This has been on my TBR for the past few years, and I loved the movie! This will certainly be challenging to read, but that’s the point: I want to pay more attention to the quality, as well as the quantity, of the books I read.
17. Start learning French
Again, this is something I’m doing with friends. I’ve been trying to do this on and off for the past few years, and I need to finally make some progress. I have several friends who speak French and a few who also want to learn with me. I don’t care if I learn only rudimentary French in the next years, because the goal isn’t to become fluent – the goal is to start SOMEWHERE.
18. Make a new friend who is much older than myself
I’ve met so many interesting people during my time here in Iowa City and I hope that continues to happen! Professors, TAs, employees at my favorite bookstores, people in my writing group, et cetera.
19. Splurge on a really nice old book
I have no idea what this may be, but isn’t that half the fun?! The local used bookstore keeps a running list of customers and the specific editions of books you’d like, and will notify you if they acquire one, so there is that: I asked them to let me know if they got an old copy of Dracula or The Great Gatsby or a handful of other books. I love the idea of reading a really old copy of a classic book, especially if it’s one of my favorites.
20. Volunteer somewhere in Iowa City
I volunteered a LOT in high school, mostly through 4-H, but that seems to have fallen by the wayside in college. I’d really like to take up that habit again, so lately I’ve been looking for places where I could volunteer for maybe a few hours per month, because I honestly don’t have time for anything more.
God, it feels SO WEIRD to not be a teenager anymore. Have you ever created a bucket list? Or started a birthday tradition? I’d love to hear about it!