Sunday, 24 November 2019

5 Goals before 30

I'm ready for my next existential crisis.

I turn 25 in a matter of days. How horrifying. Nevertheless, there's nothing I can do about it so I figured, feck it, let's embrace the next chapter of my life and  make a list of all the things I plan to do before I turn 30.


THE 5 MAJOR GOALS

1. Graduate with a 1st class degree.  When I started uni at the ripe ol' age of 22, there was never any question about my end result goal. When every tutor reminds me "it's not about the grade", I nod – solemn and humble – but really, I'm gunning for that 1st. With just the rest of third year to go, I'm on track and hoping to tick this one off very soon.

2. Live abroad in Dublin for at least 1 year.  I've visited the emerald isle twice now, and I can't quite explain why, but I feel as though I belong there. Taking a gals holiday there in September showed me that it is possible to travel alone (bc I am adult now), so I have no excuses for not spending longer there. Life is short, just do it.

3. Permanently move out of my childhood home.  Being at uni kind of has this one covered but there's no guarantee that once I graduate, I'll be able to afford my own place. With the changing economic climate, it's increasingly difficult for us millennials to finally fly the nest, but by heck, I'd better have done it by 30.

4. Enjoy my day job.  Bold, I know. But I spent 4 years doing a job I hated, plus summers in between semesters; enough is enough. By 30, I hope I'm finally on the ladder of a career I actually enjoy waking up for.

5. Keep writing. Confidently.  As much as the big goal is to be writing as part of the above goal, I know it's not easy nor entirely sustainable. So at the very least 30-year-old me, please still write. Don't let all these lessons and techniques that we've picked up at university fall down that drain in your brain. Commit to them, submit them, shout about them! We paid a lot for this, you deserve to keep your skills polished and still love telling stories that matter to you.


OTHER MINI GOALS

Adopt a cat.  My beloved furry friend from childhood sadly departed this life in April 2019. I'd had him since I was 3 years old. Life without him just isn't the same, and I'd love to share it with another some day.

Live with a best friend for a bit.  Don't get me wrong, living alone is an absolute dream, but I feel like I may have missed out on living with friends.

Travel more / go on more holidays.  Oh, how I'd love to go to Paris again. Maybe write. And see more of Ireland, like Galway and Cork. I stopped really having holidays after school, but after the last three years of uni, gawd, I need one.

Finish writing a script. Either a TV episode or film. I've had so many projects on the back-burner and new ideas popping up; now I have all these new skills, I hope I'll actually finish a whole minimum 60 page project – lol, gud luck Godderz.

It's a lot to do in just 5 years, but I love a challenge. What's on your bucket list?
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