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21 Things To Do Before I'm 21

18 July 2013
It was July 17th yesterday, which means it's 6 months until I turn 21. On my birthday, I decided to make a list of 21 things I wanted to do this year, but I got to about 12 and got stuck, and somehow forgot about it. Over the last couple of weeks I completed the list and updated my progress, so I thought I'd share it with you all.

1. Lose 4-5 stone.

I'm a big lad, and if I'm honest it doesn't really bother me that much when people comment on it. After my health anxiety, and recent collapses though I feel like I need to lose at least some weight so it doesn't affect me too much in the future. I've started off slowly and gradually built up (as I've seen many people go in for the kill and go a bit crazy with their diets and exercise plans, then end up crashing and burning.)

2. Get a job.

4 months later and I managed to get a job at my local college, after doing 2 months work experience in Feb/March. It feels weird to be actually earning money and doing a proper 9 to 5 job - I feel very grown up. That said, my placement finishes in a couple of weeks, but it's been fun while it lasted.

3. Take more pictures.

Most of the time I'm too busy enjoying things to stop and take a proper picture, but sometimes I look back and think 'I really wish I had.' So far I haven't done too bad, my iPod takes some pretty good quality pictures so I'm happier to stop for a second (or 50) to take a good pic. It's also made me want to learn a bit about photography.

4. Experiment with my hair.

My hairs been the same pretty much all my life - either washed and left to hang, or hairsprayed into some kind of side quiff thing. I want to try out a different look and maybe even a different colour - I just have no idea what yet...

5. Go on holiday with some of my best friends.

This one is a bit of a cheat as I had already booked a holiday to Mallorca for June, so wooo that's done. Side note: it was AMAZING.

6. Spend a day on the beach.

I've been wanting to do this for years. I find the sea quite relaxing, and although sand is a right bugger for the next few days, it's worth it. We went to the beach on holiday, and it was amazing, and now we're planning our own weekend at the beach somewhere in the south. Excitement~

7. Actually go to uni this time.

Last year, I got a little panicky about going to university. The time between getting our results and going to uni went so quickly, I had no time at all to even digest what was happening. Instead of risking me going and then dropping out 'cause I wasn't ready, I took a gap year. However, I now feel like I'm ready to go!

8. Watch more movies/concerts

I've never really had time for movies, only socially, and late last year a good friend suggested going to see as many movies as we can/want together (with everyone else of course) and we've done well so far this year, considering some of the absolute tripe that's been out this year.

I'd also never really been to a proper concert/gig so I booked tickets to see Girls Aloud twice and The Script in March - they were both SO good, and I was so happy to get to see GA before they split up. Great timing.

9. Find an alcoholic drink that I actually like.

When it comes to food and drink, I'm one of the fussiest, stubborn people ever. I don't like beer, I don't like wine, I don't like cider... the list goes on...

There's a cocktail my local does called 'Purple Rain,' but I've come to terms with the fact that not everywhere will do it, and have to find something (especially before I get to uni.) Luckily a rather genius friend suggested vodka and orange juice which is actually pretty nice.

10. Treat my mum and dad.

With no job and no motivation, I didn't really have a way to treat my mum and dad. They've done so much for me and I was barely able to give anything back so with both of their birthdays coming up, I want to take them to dinner, and give them basically anything they want (within my price range of course.)

11. Get over this collapsing/anxiety relapse

After collapsing a few times, my anxiety's come back quite a bit so I'd like to get over that please.

12. Start a blog, and keep it going.

I've been wanting to do this for ages, and woo hello, this means I did it! Well, let's hope I keep it going, I'm having a great time to be honest...

13. Build my confidence back up.

After being rejected by so many jobs, my confidence took a right knock, so I've been trying to build it back up, and so far it's not going too badly.

14. Make sure my memory board is full.

I bought a cork board a while ago, to put things on, but found I didn't really need it, so I decided to put things like concert tickets and cinema tickets on it from the year, it's looking pretty full already!

15. Find a new artist at least every week.

This one I've slacked on a little but this past week or so, I think I've made up for the whole year to be honest, expect a blog post soon!

16. Have a proper first kiss.

Yup, I'm 20 and I haven't had one, next.

17. Text at least 5 people every day.

I became very quiet and didn't speak to anyone at the start of the year, mainly because I feel like I never have anything interesting to say, and I still don't to be completely honest, but I made a conscious effort to make sure I text/message/skype at least 5 friends. Next year I might add 'call' to the list...

18.Experiment with my style.

I've already made a soppy post about my fashion history, but yeah, I just want to try new things. I'm loving it so far!

I think that's experimenting enough somehow :D

19. Make sure my friends know how much I care.

I love them all, and I want them all to know.

20. Be myself, stop caring.

I became very fake during the start of the year. I was putting on a bit of a different persona in the hope that I'd get a job that way, I was trying to take an interest in everything possible to try and become less boring, I was starting to fake happiness on a daily basis (both to myself and other people) and I was just generally becoming this other person to make things easier for other people.

Now, I've kind of stopped caring a little, and accepted that I will have bad days, and people will be okay to listen to whatever reason that may be. I pretty much just embrace the shit things about me - I kind of like the fact I'm a bit boring, it means everyone else talks more and shares their funny stories, and in the end I got a job by being myself during some work experience.

21. Have a good year.

Finally, I want to look back at this year, on the 16th January and think, you know what, this has been an amazing year.
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