“Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. Walk away, try something new. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming.” – Shauna Niequist
I reference this quote from Shauna Niequist often. It perfectly embodies how I feel about being in my twenties—I’m constantly getting stuck and wanting to experience something new. I want to continue becoming.
In keeping up with the tradition of a yearly bucket list, I’ve decided to do twenty-six things before I turn twenty-six. I guess this birthday is kind of a milestone in that I’m a quarter of a century old (OLD!)… but just because I’m turning into a cranky, sore-backed old lady doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have a little fun in the mean time (ok, to be fair, I’ve been a cranky old lady with a sore back for a while now—but still, I need fun to balance things out).
Here are the twenty-six things I’m hoping to accomplish by July 5, 2016:
- Improve my photography & calligraphy skills
- Go to SXSW
- Try pole dancing (extra challenging, as I have chicken arms)
- See Twenty One Pilots live
- Get a job in my own (or a new) industry
- Don’t be afraid to say “no”
- Get a tattoo
- Learn something new—bartending? coding? CAD? drums?
- Read 12 books (ideally, that’s one per month… *math*)
- Go on a date with someone new (condition: only when I feel ready/excited to do so)
- Visit the ocean
- Take a trip to Nashville
- Finish all of the shows I’ve been putting off finishing—including: Orphan Black, Community, The OC, Hart of Dixie, Gilmore Girls, Friends, etc.
- KEEP. WRITING.
- Get paid for my writing
- Visit a professional for my anxiety
- See three new bands/musicians live
- Commit to #BBG for at least 1 month
- Get comfortable with parallel parking
- Hang out with a friend I haven’t seen in a while
- Visit my Jersey family (bonus points if they visit me!)
- Exchange X-mas gifts with a far-away friend
- Commit to training for the Big Dawg Dare (in hopes it doesn’t kick my ass this summer)
- Go to Cider Summit Chicago in February
- Fall in love (with a person, place, band, hobby, etc.)
- TBD (it’s always fun to leave one space open for future un-thought-of endeavors)