28 Things I Want To Accomplish Before I’m 28
Today is my 27th birthday. I’m officially in my late twenties, and you know what? I’m pretty happy about it
Sure, turning 27 is a bit scary – it sounds SO much older than 26 right? – but I’m not going to spend time being down on it. Because I’m not old at all, I’m just older. And there is literally nothing I can do to stop those hands of time from ticking.
What I can do is enjoy myself and try to make the most of being here. Because, when I’m 60 I doubt I’ll truly remember the difference between being 26 and 27, or 23 and 33 for that matter.
Here are 28 things I want to accomplish before I turn 28. Some are pretty major, some are awesomely frivolous. All of them will hopefully help me round out the year feeling happier and like I milked being 27 for all its worth.
- Get healthy.
This is a big one – it’s not eating better or counting calories, it’s taking a big step to (hopefully) live without the pain I’ve battled the past few years. I’m finally going to have surgery in the summer to remove my unruly gallbladder, stones and all. Sure, it means I’ll spend a good few weeks of my 27th year being in even more pain, being stuck inside and not being able to do what I want. Yup, I’ll have scars. There will be times when I’ll probably get really fed up and wish this wasn’t happening to me. But afterwards, in the long run – this time next year, the year after, in ten years’ time – I hope I’ll be able to say it was all worth it.
- Learn all the words to this song.
- Be a tourist in my own town.
There’s a small museum two minutes away from me that I’ve never set foot in, after almost three years of living here. There is literally no excuse for that. So bring on finding cute little cafes, unique local shops and brilliant restaurants in my back yard.
- Read more classics.
I’ve got my classic reading list for the year and happy to say I’m ticking these off. (Love In The Time Of Cholera is SO good by the way.)
- Perfect my novel synopsis.
- Say yes more.
To impromptu get-togethers, to travelling to see friends (even when it’s hassle), to random gigs and to picking up the phone just to chat when I’m busy. As an introvert, it’s sometimes difficult to say yes to anything other than curling up on my couch at night, but I want to try.
- Say no more.
Contradiction, eh? Whilst I want to say yes to more good stuff this year, I also want to say no to the bad. That means saying no to social obligations. To doing things just because other people are or they expect me to. To rethink my habits, my relationships and my decisions and only say yes to them if they still work for me at this stage in my life, not just because they’ve always been there.
- Watch more Wes Anderson.
The colour palette alone of The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Royal Tenebaums makes me sure I’ll be smitten with the rest of his work.
- Learn how to make properly fluffy pancakes from scratch.
There was a bit of a ready-made pancake mix situation this year that I’d like to avoid for Pancake Day 2017.
- Spread more kindness.
Each month I’m creating a Random Acts of Kindness list that I’m trying to work on. They don’t have to be big gestures, but each month I’d like to know I’m doing a little bit to put smiles on people’s faces.
- Throw out clothes that don’t fit me.
- Related – buy better underwear.
- Drink more water.
- Get feedback on my novel in progress.
This is terrifying, but it needs to happen.
- Enter more literary competitions – both short story and great big novels.
- Stop keeping things just ‘for show’.
I have too many beautiful notebooks I’m afraid to use. I have candles that I refuse to light because the packaging is too pretty. I reserve my most expensive make up for special occasions and rarely use it. I’m all for being frugal, but thinking things are for enjoying, not for putting on a shelf.
- Create a more creative space.
Because life’s too short for a boring desk.
- Invest in actual furniture.
Yep, money’s tight, but buying the absolute cheapest curtains or carpets will only cost me more in the long run. (I’m all for the second cheapest though…)
- Surround myself with inspiring women.
- Stop saying “I’m not really into…”
That goes for books, music, even people. Anyone else realise you might be sticking to rules you created a good ten years ago?
- Keep a plant alive for at least a month.
This is seriously harder for me than it should be. (Don’t lend me your succulents guys, I’ll totally smother them.)
- Catch up with important people I’ve lost touch with.
Admit it, we all have at least one person we know we * should * get in touch with but never seem to make a priority.
- Go to a film dressed in cosplay.
I’m ready for you Suicide Squad!
- Take more photos.
Not just posed or on nights out. I’d like photos of everyday. I want to remember how my boyfriend’s eyes crinkle when he laughs and how my street looks in the summer of 2016. I want photos of the people and places I love, because they won’t be here forever.
- Find more wonderful independent shops.
- Learn a new recipe to cook completely from scratch.
- Go to a movie sing-along / quote-along at this awesome cinema.
- Write more love letters and thank you cards.