19th Birthday Bucket List Follow Up

Last year on my birthday, I put together a bucket list for my 19th year: 19 things to do before my teenage years kicked the bucket. The list was as follows:

  1. Ride on the beach ✓DSC06417
  2. Climb more mountains ✓IMG_7678.jpg
  3. Leave the country at some point: Oops
  4. Do some serious showing ✓ DSC04581
  5. Continue to narrow down what I might want to do with my life ✓
  6. Jump off a cliff ✓ (probably did it, but not this one)IMG_8579.JPG
  7. Go to Santa’s Village: Oops
  8. See a free show at the Kennedy Center ✓IMG_7680
  9. Visit at least 3 different covered bridges ✓ (made it to 4 new ones)IMG_0858IMG_6728IMG_6714IMG_6762
  10. Paddle board: On my list for Summer ’18
  11. Perfect some pieces on the violin ✓
  12. Get a card to the Library of Congress ✓ (I have the temporary card but because I somehow managed to forget my ID that day, it expired months ago)
  13. Explore a new state in the US ✓ (got more acquainted with VA, CT, MA, and NH, none of which were new but had parts that were new)IMG_1217
  14. Road-trip to New Hampshire’s Flume Gorge: on my list for Spring ’18
  15. Get a job ✓
  16. Go to Nantucket: On my list for Summer ’18
  17. Try a different type of food ✓ (there was yummy algae in my smoothie bowl)img_7679.jpg
  18. Attend a great concert ✓ (Michael Ray at the fair)FullSizeRender.jpg
  19. Make new friends ✓IMG_3829

Given that there were a few things I didn’t manage to do, everything I did accomplish this year were actually meaningful things I wanted to get out of the way before entering my twenties. While it’s just another day and just another year, I really didn’t want to be an unemployed, twenty-year-old ‘junior’ in college with no major or idea of what her future career would be. Last year, I had no clue what I would major in or what I wanted to do with my life. Since then, I have decided to be a psychology major planning to attend law school after graduation. While plans always change, I feel confident that this is one that I will follow through with, and even if I don’t, having a plan of some sort gives me peace of mind. The other items on my bucket list mainly served as excuses for getting myself into the routine of venturing out into the world and actually having fun; mission accomplished.

This past year was probably one of the best and hardest I’ve ever experienced. Coming out of it, I have managed to become more confident and happy with who I am now than I ever have been before.  In my final year as a teenager, I met the best people who I’ve become incredibly close with; I can’t imagine ever having to live without them. I feel like my transition into being an ‘imposter adult’ is semi-complete and I am more capable to handle difficult people and circumstances.  That being said, this year, I’m not making another bucket list for myself. Instead, I’m going to focus on doing things that make me happy, healthy and energized such as getting consistent amounts of sleep, continuing to ride, run, bike and go to yoga every chance I get in addition to putting 110% into everything I do. Instead of focusing on building new relationships, I want to spend time focusing on the amazing people already in my life who I know have my back no matter what. Tomorrow, I will be able to say that I survived my teenage years without doing anything stupid and head into my twenties as a bigger grandma than ever before.


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