Considering I just had a birthday, I decided I wanted to make a list of things I wanted to try and complete before I turn 24. I have 365.. well, now I guess I actually have 362 days to do these things before my 24th birthday next October. While I may not get them all done, I feel a lot better having a goal of things to look forward to, complete, praise myself for, and share with others.
1. Sky diving.
So many of my friends have done this and I have just never had the money (or the nerves!) to go through with it. It seems the older I get, the more of a scaredy cat I turn into, so I know I need to do it within the next year or I may never do it!
2. Find a big girl job.
I have been working for my mom or doing internships for the entirety of my life. I hope in the next year to find a big girl job, that pays well (or well enough), and hopefully makes me feel good about what I am doing. While I love spending time with my mom every day and gaining the experience from an internship, I am desperate to find a career.
3. Go on a road trip.
I've been all over Europe, traveled around the United States by plane and to the closer states by car, but I want to go on a legit long road trip. One that takes days, that involves sleeping in cheap hotels, reading a real map, and eating at old diners while exploring the world with someone I love.
4. Begin to respect fine wine.
My drink of choice? 2 buck chuck from Trader Joes, $3 wine from Wal-Mart, or the cheapest wine on the rack at the local grocery store. I would love to go wine tasting at a vineyard and figure out a wine I actually like and not just drink whatever looks best on the price tag.
5. Give back to the community
I would love to find a charity to get involved in. Rather it be the Ronald McDonald House, a local soup kitchen, a boys and girls club. I just want to find somewhere where I feel like I am making a difference.
6. Donate Blood
It may seem like such a small thing but I have never been able to give blood. I am petrified of passing out and have just been scared in general. I have always had excuses but it's time to put those behind me and help those that need it more.
7. Start putting away for my future.
I feel like I have already tried to start saving money but instead of just having a checking account, I need to start putting money back a separate account. I am at the age where I am soon going to want to get married, buy a house, buy a new car, and start paying my own bills. I definitely can't do that with the part time job I have now, so in order to build up my money I need to start saving at least a little a week.
I could be extremely bold and continue naming things I want to do in the next year but for now I think I have a pretty decent list going. I will probably add on to it after New Years.
I guess I have come to the realization that it is time for me to grow up, and oddly (and happily) enough I am totally okay with that. I am actually excited and ready to take on what the world has to offer. It is time for me to mature.. bring it on.