Oh wow! I’m finally 25. 25 and I still don’t know how to cook sinigang (inside joke with my boyfriend). But let me tell you a secret: I don’t feel bad for the things I haven’t accomplished. Why? Cause whenever I read my Reverse Bucket List, I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot. Big and small. Every time I read that list, I’m convinced that the world is, indeed, my oyster. It gives me strength to do more, to have more goals and dreams. :) Instead of focusing on the things I should’ve done, I’m busy making a list of things I should do in the next 5 years or so.
Here’s my list so far:
- Go on a cross-country adventure in Europe, for a month or so.
- Travel the world. Visit every continent, including Antartica and space, if possible.
- Visit iconic and historical landmarks in each country that I visit.
- See the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) with my boyfriend.
- See the 7 Wonders of the World. There’s a lot of versions but I’d like to see one in each list. I’ve seen two so far!
- Live in another country, again. I’d like to live in London or New York this time.
- Learn how to cook because, duh, I’m 25. And be really good at it. :)
- Learn how to speak Basic Mandarin and French.
- Be healthy. Be fit.
- Publish a book or ebook.
- Pursue a career in design, because we all know that’s where I truly belong!
- To have my own cupcake shop. Truth is, I love baking!
- Experience real snow. I don’t care how awful it is, I just want to experience it at least once.
- Volunteer for a humanitarian cause. Not just donate money.
- Go star gazing and see a meteor shower.
- Visit Japan!
- Be a good wife and parent someday.
- Run my own business. Invent something and patent it.
- Dye my hair blonde and candy colored hair.
- Swim with the dolphins.
- Get featured on TV/radio/print/newspapers for an achievement I’m proud of.
- Overcome my fear of the unknown, particularly the deep waters of the ocean.
- Be a better blogger.
- Be genuinely happy, regardless of the situation and problems.
- Be a better person, every day ‘til the day it’s time to kick the bucket.
That’s all I can think for now…
To be honest, the idea of being 25 feels liberating because it means that I am no longer obligated to do/follow what other people want. I was born to break rules, to stand out, and the last thing I want is to live my life based on other people’s expectations. Turning 25 makes me feel that I am, legitimately, entitled to my own choices. No more upbraiding.
How about you? What do you want to accomplish in the next 20-50 years?