Twenty in my Twenties

Much like college, your twenties are supposedly some of the best years of your life; at least, that’s what people tell me. So far, twenty-three feels like the puberty of adulthood. But hey, maybe that’s just me. I have a talent for completely misinterpreting the social rules of the workplace  the airport  kickboxing class  the doctor’s office public places. I manage to get myself into some spectacularly uncomfortable situations. No matter how long the fasten seat-belt sign has been on, never tell a flight attendant you have a UTI. Just don’t–it can’t end well. Have I mentioned that I travel for my job?

But I digress. Amidst my perpetual bewilderment at my own naivete, I decided the answer was to make a plan. Let me rephrase that: I saw this gimmick on another blog, and the idea that I could accomplish twenty daydreams in the next decade quelled my fears of failure / boredom / becoming one of those people who talks to themselves in public places–oh wait, that ship sailed at least two years ago. In any case, I took a few days to think about what I want most in life [right now], and the following are the results.

20 Things to Accomplish in my Twenties:

1. Write a novel, book, or book of poetry.

2. Learn to play the piano.

3. Read Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.

4. Take ballet classes.

5. Learn to meditate.

6. Take yoga classes [consistently, and for more than a month].

7. Travel to South America.

8. Have a homeless person over for dinner.

9. Go to New Orleans.

10. Write freelance articles for a publication.

11. Learn to salsa dance.

12. Quit smoking (really).

13. Maintain my/a goal weight for more than 3 months.

14. See at least three National Parks.

15. See the pyramids.

16. Tour wineries in Napa Valley OR plan a spa getaway with my girlfriends.

17. Open T.M. with Annie.

18. Go to the Harry Potter theme park in Florida.

19. Get a puppy.

20.

August 4, 2013

At the moment, I’m still trying to decide on number twenty. I deleted one goal that no longer serves me (a story for another post at another time), so the spot opened up.

So far, I’ve begun working on items 1, 4, 5, and 12. I could argue that I’ve begun working on number 13 as well, but I prefer not to openly lie to myself on my blog. Let’s be honest: the weight issue is never easy. Or, at least, as a woman (girl? I’m not a girl, but I’m definitely not a woman…we need an in-between word. I’m serious: what do you say when you’re twenty-three and you feel like you’re twelve sometimes and forty others? Ugh, life is exhausting. At least I know I’m not alone) it’s not. But I digress.

My plan is to update this post every time I accomplish something, but honestly, it’s all a work in progress (life = work in progress), so I’ll write updates when I feel it’s necessary. Thanks for reading 🙂

xxx,

Emily

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