Finally turned 23 and I feel like taking on the world!
I turned the switch on adventure which, I turned off for quite some time. I have been so focused on the future…the what? and the how? That I stopped thinking about the NOW!In just a few days I have come to realize that sometimes what you need is to enjoy the present to build your future. There are so many things that I want to do and I want to do them NOW. I want to experience, learn and grow from my adventures because to be honest tomorrow is never promised.
“Doing what others expect of you will only take you so far…do something for YOU and no one else…then see the happiness it will bring you.”
Every experience comes with the opportunity to learn; the hardest part is to decipher what it is that you have gained from that experience. I got my first tattoo! Something I have been wanting to do and something no one thought I would do. I went to this awesome spot called Revolver Tattoo and Piercing. The staff was very friendly and the place was extremely clean and organized. My type of environment! Honestly, I did not think I had it in me to endure the pain that comes with getting a tattoo, and I am pretty sure no one thought I had it in me to do something as “crazy” as marking my body with a tattoo. The thing is that people will always think and judge and have a plethora of opinions on people’s actions (everyone is entitled to their own opinions) but at the end of the day I am happy! I did something for ME. I learned that pain can stop you, but only if you let it, and that no one knows the type of person you are but YOU. I am proud of myself and I am happy with ME and my body!
Life will always throw you curveballs and opportunities but don’t let fear, others, or setbacks stop you from accomplishing something for yourself. Try one thing you think you might not have it in you to do and then ask yourself, “what I have learned?” You might surprise yourself with your answer!
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
Get a tattoo
Go on a cruise
Read 10 books
Go rock climbing
Go to a Broadway show
Go on a road trip
Finish my study abroad scrapbook
Visit the Statue of Liberty
Visit the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center
Take swimming lessons
Go to a shooting range
Go horseback riding
Go on a Bus Tour of NYC and Philadelphia
Go on a hike
Run a 5k
Cook an entire French meal (Appetizer, Entrée, Dessert)
Go wine and cheese tasting
Take a Tango or Flamenco class
Take Yoga and Kickboxing
Be and extra on a show or movie
Take a Mediabistro course
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.