I was born on October 10th, 1987. That makes me 24 years, 10 months, 1 week, 2 days, and 5 hours old - but who's counting? (Isn't it obvious)?
While I know it isn't uncommon for people my age to freak out a little at each impending birthday, I feel that generally I don't always cope with the advent of my new age as well as others. I've managed to cry on every birthday since I turned 18, and though I may act like I'm very excited to be the center of attention on the most momentous occasion of the year, on the inside I'm hyperventilating and wishing it was someone else Father Time was taking for the slaughter. In fact, when I turned 23 I don't think I publicly admitted my new age to anyone for at least a month afterwards - even at the bar that night I made people guess how old I was and when they said 22 I went right along letting them believe it.
I don't know why I get so anxious about birthdays - my mom will laugh reading this because I know she remembers as clearly as I do those tiffs of my youth when I would shout "I CAN'T WAIT TIL I'M <insert appropriate age for whatever I was asking to do and permission was clearly not granted>!!!" To which my mother would laugh haughtily and say, "Oh, I wish I had a tape recorder right now..." And of course, she was right. That's not to say there aren't things I enjoy about being an adult - mainly that I can do what I want, when I want - but I think therein lies the paradox: what do I want?
Well, I know what I don't want. And that is to waste the beautiful precious life I have wishing I was doing something else. And while I know there are big plans ahead of me (I know because I'm planning them), I've decided to construct a small list of 25 things that will force me to break routine and really push me outside my comfort zone. There is such a fine, fine line between complacency and unhappiness - and while I certainly don't believe I fall into either category, I am constantly wary of the fact that life is short, you only get one, and you should appreciate it to the fullest. So without further ado, I present my list of 25 Things to do Before I Turn 25 (and mind you that happens in approximately 3 weeks, so if this list is any indication I will be a very busy woman until then). I plan to post frequent updates as I accomplish things on the list, and I welcome your feedback / suggestions if there is something I simply must do before 25 that I've overlooked!
- Volunteer with kids - I've always loved working with children and this is a hobby that has really gotten away from me the past two years. No longer.
- Go on a long hike somewhere unfamiliar - A sort of meditation / exercise combo, and maybe I'll see some cool birds. or a bear.
- Host a dinner party - I love to cook! I plan to do this for my family and close friends - mom may I use your kitchen?
- Perform a random act of kindness - I hope to do more than one of these in three weeks.
- Read Atlas Shrugged - For Mikey.
- Sky Dive - Who's with me?! I'd really hate to do this one alone...
- Write a time capsule letter to my 35 year old self - What do I want to have achieved by 35? Where do I think I will be living? Who won, Apple or Google? Oh yeah, and a few words of advice to my older self.
- Buy language tapes to help me improve and continue to use my French. Then listen to them.
- Tell someone I love them every day, and it doesn’t have to be the same person each day. Say it out loud!
- Sign up for a self-enrichment course - I am taking suggestions and I welcome study partners. Personal finance, perhaps? My credit cards will thank me for it.
- Get my blood drawn – As much as I wish this was a "donate blood" thing, I'm afraid this one is not a selfless act but rather a matter of personal health. I’ve never had blood drawn.
- Plan my next big trip – Somewhere amazing!
- Break an old habit (procrastination, laziness) and form a new one (consistent blogging frequency)
- Go salsa dancing - Ole! Someone should really bring a camera.
- Sing something at a karaoke bar - How did this get on the list?
- Learn to play chess - Dad: "Katie, you'd be good at chess." Katie: "Okay, teach me." Dad: "Let's play backgammon."
- Finish at least one MBA application - I actually really need to do this.
- Submit an article to a writing contest - Because why not?
- Audition for something, anything - I am taking suggestions for this too, though I'm leaning towards star of my own tv show and/or Kate Middleton's boob double.
- Go on a Duck Tour - In all my years living here, I've never been on a Duck Tour.
- Attend a Boston Fashion Week Event - It's not New York or Paris, but I'm still young.
- Host a Girl's Night Clothing Swap Party – One woman's jean overalls is another woman's Chanel purse.
- Finish re-decorating my room - Have I not mentioned? This is months in the making!
- Rent a convertible and drive it - Thank you, Zipcar
- Get some kind of exercise each day, for at least 30 minutes a day - If I am turning 25, I should at least look good doing it
Wish me luck!