As some of you know, I turn 21 at the end of this week (Friday, for those wondering!) I can’t believe how quickly my year as a 20-year-old has gone – it’s flown by!
Looking back though, I think I’ve definitely made the most of my year!
Supposedly, these are the 21 things you should do before turning 21:
1. Climb a mountain at sunrise
I haven’t done this yet, but plan to do some early hiking when I’m in America. So who knows, a photo of the sun rising over the grand canyon?
2. Dress up in costume and go to a theme park
I’ve been to a theme park this year, just not in costume. I went with my old colleagues from the nightclub I was a manager at. It was my leaving do and hilarious!
3. Attend the concert or music festival you’ve always dreamed of
I went to Bournemouth Sevens for the third year running with all of my best friends, and it was incredible! Lots of glitter and sparkles were involved!
4. Take a solo trip somewhere
This was me the day I drove up and moved into my flat in Manchester (obviously a McDonald’s stop was needed!)
I moved to Manchester by myself – does that count? Moving to Manchester has to be one of my favourite things about this year, as it’s brought me so many opportunities and friendships – for which I will be eternally grateful!
5. Play in the snow
I didn’t play in the snow. Instead, I full on decked myself and slipped on black ice – resulting in a bruised and slightly fractured coxis.
6. Bungy Jump or Skydive
I did a skydive for Bournemouth Hospital Charity and raised £580 for them! That was scary seeing as I was afraid of heights and flying (why I chose to do a skydive still confuses me!) I overcame that fear and jumped out of that plane (well, I was pushed, but I’m not pedantic!). It was terrifying but terrific fun at the same time, and I would do it all over again, 100%!
7. Go on a volunteer/mission trip
I haven’t volunteered abroad, but I’ve done my fair share of charity work. Doing pageants has brought to light my love of charity work, and I am still thinking about my next challenge, even if I am not doing pageants anymore!
8. Go skinny dipping
I haven’t done this yet, but might be able to squeeze it in into the last couple of days as a 20-year-old!
9. Take a spontaneous road trip without a final destination
I’ve taken various trips this year, but sadly all have had a final destination. The only time when we didn’t know where we were going was when I met a guy and just started walking and chatting together. We were walking just in one direction, then ended up sitting down, sharing a cookie dough and ice cream and talking about life and dreams! It was awesome. I’ve never spoken to that guy again sadly, as he was quite cool and very hippy (complete opposite of me).
10. Stay the night somewhere incredibly unique
I’ve gone to a couple of cool places this year, including the beautiful French town La Rochelle on holiday last summer! Gorgeous!
11. Go snorkelling or scuba diving
I haven’t done this seeing as I’m quite scared of the sea! But if I ever would do it, America would probably be the place! Stay tuned!
12. See the stars in all their glory
The amount of times I have just sat outside and looked at the stars is endless. I have always said, if I weren’t in the performing or creative industry, I would study the stars. I think they all beautiful balls of burning dust!
13. Swim underneath a waterfall
Once again, England is quite short in the waterfall sector, and even if I could swim under a waterfall, I probably wouldn’t.
14. Eat something super weird and exotic
I have eaten some different dishes this year that I wouldn’t usually go for, but sadly nothing strange and exotic!
15. Write a list of all the things in your life you are grateful for
16. Crowd Surf
Still yet to do this – can we get this arranged?
17. Have a picnic with an extraordinary view
Mmmmhhh, not too sure.
18. Stay up and party… All. Night. Long.
Definitely done this. Many times.
19. Live like a local in another community
I feel like a northerner now – does that count?
20. Watch the sunset over the ocean
So many times in some of my favourite spots in Bournemouth (favourite naturally being Urban Reef!)
21. Face your fears
I got myself a place at uni and actually went – I think that’s facing a fear!
Not too bad for a year that seems to have gone too quickly! Thinking ahead to what I can do