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20 Things I Want To Do In My 20s

Turning 20 was one of the most liberating experiences. I feel like my life has just started and this era will give me more freedom to explore my identity and my passions more so than my teenage years did. So here is my bucket list for things I wish to accomplish in my 20s

  1. Travel to at least 50 countries
  2. Get my law degree and become a barrister
  3. continue to grow spiritually
  4. Find time for charity work no matter how busy life gets
  5. Have my voice heard on a mater I care about (gender equality, racism etc)
  6. Find love
  7. Make every person I come across feel valued
  8. Not abandon this blog
  9. Find a “real” job
  10. Finish reading the top 100 books of all time
  11. Own a house or a car
  12. Do something erratic that I would never do like skydive
  13. Visit the seven wonders of the world
  14. Learn more about Indian history and culture to grow my identity
  15. Help build a school or an orphanage
  16. Get a Masters or a PhD in something
  17. Stop buying so many clothes
  18. Have my own personal collection of recipes that I can pass down to my children
  19. Learn to be more patient and less judgmental
  20. Do a cross country road trip

Okay this list was harder than I thought but what are some of your bucket list items?

Discussion

Where Is All This Going?

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the future of this blog.

Now that I have a lot of time on my hands I’m able to post more often and in an ideal situation I would be buzzing with post ideas and new creations. However, something has been lacking lately. I’ve always been the kind of person that works on creating genuine connections rather than focusing on the numbers. But it gets hard sometimes.

This blog has been static for the majority of the year and that’s because school took priority for me. I now wonder if that will be the case next year as university and finally my career takes priority. It’s just really hard to rise above that feeling of being stuck, with post ideas and inspiration, just being stuck.

I mean there are only so many book reviews a person can write or only so many cover to covers I can do. I’ve always been the sort of person who likes being challenged and whenever things start to get repetitive I take off. I mean do you guys even like the stuff I do here?

When you think about it, less and less people are starting to read these days. We just wanna lay on our beanbags and watch Youtube right?

I’m sorry I guess I’m just a little frustrated. I’ll see you tomorrow.

life

Take A Leap Of Faith

I live in a world of possibilities where nothing is impossible.

Those were the words, spoken by some rather successful person attending one of our many school assemblies that did it.

The process started a long while ago, before I even left for France but it was Monday the 26th of October that it had been leading up.

Let me paint a picture. 

My school is prestigious in a sense. With a prestigious school comes a prestigious student leadership body. This involves:

  • putting your name down
  • speaking in front of the entire student body and teachers which adds up to more than a thousand people
  • them voting for you and electing you as their leader.

So, it’s basically a popularity contest disguised as  an”upholding and representing school values” kind of thing.

Back to Monday the 26th of October. Being an over-achiever I obviously put my name down, I obviously stressed over, cried and asked every human being within hearing distance for reassurance about my speech.

When it came to writing down the speech, the words just flowed out of me, as they would with any writer.

So what’s it like speaking in front of one thousand people? Terrifying 

I imagined every worse case scenario in my head before-hand. These involving:

  • tripping on stage (always happens)
  • being too short for the podium
  • forgetting my lines or stumbling on my break-through line.

I watched motivational speakers on YouTube, I read tips on how eating protein for breakfast would help.

When it came down to it, it was a really”in the moment” kind of experience, there’s something about public speaking that numbs my senses and it’s just me and the words. So I did.  Then came the election.

I am not by a millionth of a second “popular” in my school. So the chances of me winning this popularity contest? Low low.

I stressed over it all week, I promised myself I wouldn’t come to school on results day because it would be too humiliating if I didn’t get in.

As my wise friends told me, it wouldn’t be humiliating at all if I didn’t get in, it would be Life. I tried and that’s all that really matters.

But

But

I did get in. 

I got into the school’s most prestigious student leadership position by not being half as popular.

I’d like to say I knew all along I was going to get in but truth is, people around me had more faith in my success than I did in myself.

What’s the point of this story you ask?

Well, I’m here to tell you as the title of the post kindly says.

Take a leap of Faith 

If you’ve been meaning to do something for a long time or an opportunity presents itself. Go for it. You never know until you try and trust me, you don’t wanna regret not trying. Worst feeling. And hey, it won’t always work out in your favour but that’s okay it’s just life and there are better things waiting for you.

Remember I live in a world of possibilities where nothing is impossible