The Year of Discovery

There was a time when becoming a year older was exciting and fun. It meant more freedom to explore and discover what the world had to offer. It meant being reckless and not caring about consequences. It meant putting pause on important decisions….but did you ever pay attention to when turning a year older became less exciting and fun? When did freedom turn into responsibilities? When did exploring become difficult and expensive? When did discovering become full of important life changing decisions and choices that had to be made? It’s funny how quickly life can pass us by; how from one year to the next becoming a year older, instead of bringing excitement and fun, brought fear and worry.

I’m turning 23 and I’m at a point where I have no idea where life is going to take me. I have this fear and worry that I’m out of track and falling behind. I have this stubborn feeling that I should have my life figured out and should know where I will be in 5 years. The problem is that I don’t. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only soon to be 23-year-old that feels this way. The problem is that we are so set on trying to figure this problem out, that we have forgotten how exciting and fun it is to become older and sometimes even wiser. We get stuck trying to find a solution to what we consider a problem…but is it really? Are we really stuck or just still discovering ourselves? We need to start realizing that in the past year we unknowingly have learned and discovered things we didn’t know about ourselves and the world; things that have helped us make decisions that most likely will shape us one way or another for a better tomorrow. We just aren’t done searching for the answers we need.

My goal for my 23rd birthday is to feel excited, to have fun and to continue discovering. It’s time I put aside my fears and stop worrying about the future. It’s time I focus on discovering what drives me because THAT is the key to figuring out where I want to take my life. Let’s call it the year of discovery. How will I do this? Simple really…A bucket list for my 23rd year. I have taken 23 things that at this point in my life I feel I should have already done or just simply wish to do. Of course the key is to make a reasonable list that fits your likes and small goals. The goal is slowly find what drives you through pursuing things you’ve always wanted to set time aside for if you weren’t too busy worrying about the 101 problems that revolve around you.

My 23rd Bucket List 

  1. Get a tattoo
  2. Go on a cruise
  3. Read 10 books
  4. Go rock climbing
  5. Go to a Broadway show
  6. Go on a road trip
  7. Finish my study abroad scrapbook
  8. Go paint-balling
  9. Visit the Statue of Liberty
  10. Visit the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center
  11. Take swimming lessons
  12. Go to a shooting range
  13. Go horseback riding
  14. Go on a Bus Tour of NYC and Philadelphia
  15. Go on a hike
  16. Run a 5k
  17. Cook an entire French meal (Appetizer, Entrée, Dessert)
  18. Go wine and cheese tasting
  19. Take a Tango or Flamenco class
  20. Take Yoga and Kickboxing
  21. Be and extra on a show or movie
  22. Take a Mediabistro course
  23. Play Travel Roulette

Join me in creating a list. What have you always wanted to do? What small activity you’ve missed out on because you’re too busy stressing? Let’s get on the road to self-discovery! Let’s start having FUN again! It doesn’t matter if you’re turning 22 or 40 everyone reaches a point where they are lost and confused. The key is to just step back and focus on YOU and what makes you happy.

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