Sometimes life gets busy and we get pulled in to a fast-paced world, forgetting some of the simple things that actually make us happy.
In fact, I've been living in that fast-paced world for the last few years, and when I stumbled across my old list of 25 things to do before I was 25, I was disappointed that I had not completed even half of them.
So, in an attempt to create a bit more balance and a lot more fun, I have revised my tick-sheet and written a list we could all take some inspiration from.
30 things to do before you're 30:
● Write a hand written love letter.
● Actually post it.
● Do something that terrifies you.
● Introduce yourself to a stranger.
● Fall in love.
● Get your heart broken.
● Fail at something that's important to you.
● Travel, explore new places and meet new people.
● Be a volunteer for a charity organisation.
● Plant your own garden.
● Make a gift for someone, a gift they will remember for the rest of their life.
● Experience unrequited love.
● Find yourself a favourite tree to think under.
● Learn a skill from your grandparents - like knitting or pickling.
● Learn a different language.
● Perfect the art of Sunday morning pancakes.
● Draw your parents a picture, like you used to when you were younger.
● Go on a blind date.
● Get fitted for a bra and treat yourself to the sexiest lingerie you can find.
● Quit a job that makes you unhappy.
● Start a job you love.
● Design your own signature food dish.
● Stay up and watch the sunrise.
● Master the art of playing pool.
● Create an exercise plan.
● Actually stick to it.
● Solve a Rubix Cube.
● Go wine tasting at a vineyard, not the supermarket.
● Learn a new word every day for a year.
● Spend the day with a child. Take them to the park, blow bubbles, and remember the joy of colouring in.
The things we want to do in life don't always have to be big. Never forget that one day you may look back on the small things and realise they made you the happiest.
And always remember that the day will arrive when you understand that the things which caused you pain enabled you to grow.
But above all, listen to what Dr Seuss said: "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."
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