As young adults, or simply as human beings, I think it’s fair to say we all get distracted from what life’s really about. With school, work and chores, there’s so much that we lose ourselves in. And before we lose ourselves completely, it might be worth taking some time out of our hectic schedules to enjoy the only life we’ll ever have while we’re living it.
Not only should you stop to smell the roses, you should also go out there and do something fun! Make yourself a checklist of things you’d like to do or accomplish within a certain amount of years. This way you don’t have to look back through time thinking “Man, I wish I would of done that; I wish I would have gone there.”
Scrolling through the internet, I found a checklist for those in their twenties, written by Meredith Lepore. The list really can and does work for ALL ages though.
The list on the website is as follows:
"Run a 10K
This is one is from @ashheyn. Whether it is prompted by a charity fundraiser or just for yourself, a challenge like this is always worthwhile. It is always good to push yourself, especially when it is to get in better physical shape!
Watch a movie at a drive-in
With the ever-growing popularity of services such as Netflix and Redbox, drive-ins might not be around for too much longer. Go catch a movie at one while you still can!
Set foot on every continent
@gracieastrove shared this ambitious, but important, goal with us. Our responsibilities and commitments will only increase as we get older, so take time to explore the world while your schedule allows more flexibility.
Live by yourself
Even it is just for a month, forgo a roommate and live solo. You will gain a lot of valuable insights, and you will gain them very quickly.
Achieve your person
Sometimes it takes a bit of time to find your partner. You have to grow as a person before you are really ready for them. Don’t rush it. Invest in yourself by developing your interests and taking care of yourself.
Make a meal entirely from your own garden
If you’re living in an urban center, this task could prove to be the most difficult on the list. However, @lisa790 shared this one with us, and we think that eating a meal that is not only 100% healthy, but also grown by you, is a very good to-do.
Travel by yourself
Just like living by yourself, this can seem like a daunting feat. It’s important for many reasons, but particularly for Gen Y because it forces this smartphone-addicted generation to talk to people and actually connect in real life, not just on social media.
Figure out a life hobby
Find that thing that you will do until you are 80, not just for a week. You’ve got the time to try a lot of different activities and find one that sticks, so do it now!
Find your career (or at least be close to finding it)
This is a hard one, but if you work on it now, then hopefully by the time you turn 30 you are at least close to that dream job in the field where you’ve always envisioned yourself.
Learn how to speak another language
Again, like many of the other items on this checklist, this is going to be hard, but it will only get harder as you get older. Plus, this incredibly valuable skill could help with some of the others on this list, like traveling alone, or even landing your perfect job!
Ok, so it might not actually be yoga, but open your mind to trying whatever new age exercise you wrote off for years because it was silly (except you secretly always wanted to do it).
Write a book
Even if no one ever sees it, do it for yourself. Tell your story! If nothing else, it will be a great resource for reflection on your 20s when the decade is one day but a distant memory.”
Let me know how this checklist goes for you, as I’ll be trying to do it myself too :).