We’re already in June, how crazy is that?! Time literally flies by. It’s a scary thought. Especially since it means that I’m 21 in 6 months now. I didn’t think about what things I want to do – or what should be done, in general – before I turn 21 until this year. It only recently dawned on me of how much of a big milestone that is; I’ll be graduating soon, will have to start looking for a house, will have to look for a job after I get my PGCE. It’s terrifying. So, I’ve prepared a list of what should be done before people turn 21.
Go to the movies alone.
Not that you should completely isolate yourself, but taking a trip to the cinema or even a theatre etc. will force you to be independent, while not going to a familiar place. It’s actually quite exciting; you’ll be able to choose whatever film you want to see, even possibly seeing another movie straight afterwards, you can have as many snacks as you want, go around shops while you wait for the film to start as well. It’s a great ‘me’ day. So – next time a movie goes into the cinema that you want to see but no one else wants to, take the opportunity to treat yourself!
Read books about growing up.
As sad as the realization is; you are growing up and will have to be independent. I know! I almost cried too! But reading nostalgic books, and books about becoming independent, being an adult and ‘stepping into the real world,’ will benefit you and put you at ease. I haven’t read it yet, but ”Infinite Jest’ by David Foster Wallace is meant to be a great book to read before you’re 21.
Pull an all nighter just for fun.
Most people may disagree with me on this because it’s not particularly good for you. But one all nighter won’t kill you. It’s a fun way to rebel, have a bit of fun and to read all those books or watching that movie or TV series you’ve been meaning to get into. Why not?
Try eating something crazy.
Just go wild. You’re going to have so many responsibilities soon that you may not have the time to just experiment. Me? Well, I’m getting the courage to try Buddy the Elf’s special spaghetti. You know what one I mean. Where he mixes the sweets with it. Yep, that’s going to be my crazy dish. Wish me lush and pray for me.
Go to a music festival
I’ve always wanted to go to one but either didn’t have time, money, anyone to go with, or I simply didn’t realise that one was happening. It looks like so much fun!!
It’s probably highly unlikely that I’ll get to do this before I’m 21, but I’d love to skydive. It looks like it’s such a rush filled with excitement. I’d love to try it.
Wales doesn’t exactly have the weather for camping, so I may pass on this one. Unless caravanning counts? If so, I’ve been camping loads of times. But it’s a great way to connect with nature and feel free.
Have a heart to heart with your parents about what they were like at your age.
Been there, done that. It was interesting, but also depressing that they had already gone abroad at my age with their friends and I haven’t. But this chat is underrated, so I suggest you go have this heart to heart now!
Change your hairstyle.
Unless you’re happy with it. I’m happy with my hair, but changing your hair is such a big risk that one eventually has to take.
Get a professional bra fitting.
Granted that most girls would have done this by now, but you’d be surprised. Yes, it can be scary and daunting. But it’s really not that bad and it’s so beneficial for you.
Don’t underestimate how powerful your vote is.
Learn to cook a signature dish.
You’re going to have to cook for yourself the majority of the time one day. Why not cook something Gordon Ramsay or Jamie Oliver can?
Ask someone out.
This can be really scary, but life’s too short to not take risks! If you like someone, tell them and ask them out. The worst they can do is say no. I’m sure they won’t, but oh well! Shake it off and start a new!
Open a savings account.
I have one of these and they can help get rid of stress so much. You’ll be able to save a lot without realising, so it’s definitely worth it.
Sorry to depress you with all of this adult stuff. Have a magical day!