It’s official – as of September 11, I am no longer a teenager. 20, I keep thinking, is the most pointless year of my life – I’m not technically a teenager but I’m not yet a “twenty-something” either. I can drive and buy cigarettes and I am legally considered an adult – things I’ve been able to do for two years now – but I still can’t drink.
Nevertheless, I found myself looking forward to my birthday with excitement (yay for not being a teenager!) and apprehension (oh shit, I’m not a teenager anymore…).
In reality, my birthday was the same as every other year. I spent most of my day at REI attempting to find the perfect backpack and shoes (done and done!), got a bit of a makeover, and then went to the mall and dinner with a friend.
Then I made a list, mostly because I like making lists way too much and also because it felt like The Thing to Do as I sat there going “…now what?”
Most as pretty self-explanatory, though I’ve expanded on a few of them.
1.) Leave the country – happening January 7th!
2.) Visit every country in Central America – one of my goals for my trip next year, very likely to happen!
3.) Go to a multi-day music festival – not sure what festival as I won’t be in the States but I’m sure I’ll find something.
4.) Take a travel writing course – I’m hoping to (finally!) enroll in MatadorU’s course.
5.) Get a piece of writing published somewhere I do not currently write for. Working on this right now!
6.) Finish what I start – I have a baaad habit of not finishing 99% of the things I start and that’s a habit I really need to break!
7.) Become fluent (or at least hold everyday conversations) in Spanish – considering I’ll be traveling through Spanish-speaking countries for a year I am hopeful this will actually happen.
8.) Pay for someone else’s meal – random acts of kindness, just because.
9.) Celebrate a holiday abroad – again, almost definite considering my upcoming trip
10.) Finish writing a manuscript – I’ve been writing a lot of things lately but fiction has not been one of them. Definitely need to get back in the habit of writing every day!
11.) Ride a horse – preferably on the beach but anywhere will do!
12.) Learn about a religion – religion fascinates me and is something I’m truly interested in learning more about.
13.) Climb to the top of a volcano – see Things I Want to Do in Central America
14.) Spend the night on a beach – why? to say that I did, mostly.
15.) Visit and learn about Mayan Ruins – good thing there’s lots of ruins in Central America!
16.) Take an online class – I want to continue expanding my knowledge and learning about new things
17.) Learn a new skill while traveling – yoga? fire dancing? bread making? no idea but I want to take the time to learn something
18.) Get in the habit of handwriting letters – my friends and I used to write each other letters all the time but I am absolutely horrible at actually getting to the post office. I love writing letters, though, so I foresee lots of postcards in my future!
19.) Get another tattoo – ended up getting this a few days ago! One down, 20 to go!
20.) Launch a website – in the works!
21.) Relax, already! – Stressed has become my middle name. I am always worrying about something and always goinggoinggoing. I tell myself it’s all necessary to make this trip a possibility but I need to get a better handle on my time and learn how to breathe and just relax once in a while!
It looks like this is going to be a great year!