A few years ago I thought twenty was a magical number. It seemed like the age in which life started to make sense. You know, twenty seemed adult-ish and grownup. I though that, perhaps, some miracle would happen and that by shedding my teenage years I would somehow find life much less daunting.
Yet, here I am: twenty years old with no idea what the heck is going on. I didn’t wake up today feeling like an actual adult–it’s just the same old me with a “to do” list bigger than the state of Texas and stress levels reaching the height of Mt. Everest….
While turning twenty hasn’t managed to magically put my life in order, I can say that I am a little excited to be joining the ranks of twenty-somethings. This is a time where I can explore the world around me, and I plan to take full advantage of writing this new chapter in my life. To celebrate my birthday, here are twenty things I want to do in my twenties:
- Backpack through England and Scotland
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English with honors
- Take a summer road-trip with college friends
- Backpack the Pacific Crest Trail
- Enroll in one of my top five graduate programmes
- Live in the UK for a year
- Learn to speak/read Scottish and Irish Gaelic
- Return to Nosara, Costa Rica for a week
- Attend another Sigma Tau Delta convention
- Visit Iceland and Greenland
- Plan my wedding and say “I do”
- Start working on my PhD
- Spend a summer in Montana
- Publish a collection of poetry
- Spend a week or two backpacking in Alaska
- Publish at least two academic articles
- Work for a bookstore/publishing company
- Learn the art of book binding
- Develop a profitable, lifestyle blog for creative academics
- Buy my first house and start a family
Well, it looks like I better get started because the next ten years are going to be full of adventures!