Cruising through your own archives can get you thinking and make you pretty reflective can’t it? I stumbled across an old post of mine the other day, where my 17 year old self had made a mini bucket list of goals to achieve before entering my next decade. So with a couple of months to go, I thought I’d look back and see how I’m getting on. Because if there’s one thing I like more than making a list, it’s looking back at a list (and making another). Overall, I’d say I’ve been reasonably successful, but it’s interesting to see how things have panned out slightly differently to how I expected, too.
Run a proper race – well that didn’t happen. My fitness focus has shifted slightly and I have a love/hate relationship with running due to an ongoing back problem, so this one might just keep appearing on my ‘goals’ lists until I’m 80.
Make a proper roast dinner – yup. Not sure whether it’s as good as my mum’s yet but I’m getting there.
Learn to drive – can’t say I’ve ticked this one off yet but I’m having lessons, so getting there! Whether I’ll have passed by my birthday, who knows. Not gonna make any predictions on that one! I’m 19 and only just started having lessons but for me there was no point doing so sooner – I don’t need a car (and still won’t have one to myself when I pass) but it’d be handy to be able to drive myself to places sometimes.
Experience another country properly – I wrote down that I wanted to spend a month or so really getting to know a place, but tbh I have no idea how I thought that was going to happen. However, I have visited more different countries than I’d have predicted, so I’d say that’s a good substitute!
Display more photographs – well that was a straight up fail. I have been taking more landscape-y shots lately though so I might just carry this forward to the next bucket list.
Broaden my circles – achieved! I’ve met so many people over the last couple of years who have been wonderful additions to my life. As I’d hoped, I’ve met people of all different ages and backgrounds, and learnt so much from all of them.
Start a degree, without tying myself to any given place or time – another one to tick off. Currently one year in and all good so far – this method of learning was definitely the right choice for me.
Experience more different events – definitely been to some weird and wonderful places events over the last few years! From visiting a honey producer in Slovenia to visiting deserted rooftops in Tallinn, it’s certainly been random.
Try more fitness activities – pole fitness was top of my list and pole fitness I tried (and enjoyed). There is a studio nearby and I’m still thinking of taking this up as a regular thing. Since then I’ve tried a bunch of different activities and found a few favourites – boxing and weight training being up there at the top of the list.
So that’s my 10 before I’m 20 roundup. What’s the next bucket list – 20 before I’m 30? A note on the outfit too – yet another white shirt to add to my collection, shock horror! Loving the huge frill on this one, even if it felt a ~bit~ like I was wearing armbands when I put it on. I also managed to eat barbecue wings whilst wearing it without spilling a drop, so it must have magical powers. Jeans are my trusty River Island Amelie style, and I just wanted an excuse to wear my snazzy red shoes again so there you go. Quite liking this combo!
Lily Kate x