This is it. My last day as a twenty something is finally upon me.
I feel I should do something outrageous to celebrate this illustrious day, however, due to work commitments, several beauty appointments and looking after my son, I can’t factor any spare time to do a bungee jump or streak across the centre of Bristol.
Soz about that.
As I’ve previously written, I usually spend my Birthday eve puffing on a menthol (this will be the last time as I’m giving up the cigs on Monday), sipping a glass of something bubbly and reflecting on my previous year.
This is tonight’s plan, except I’ll be reflecting on the last 10 years as opposed to the last 12 months. Well, what I can remember of the decade of course, some of it is rather hazy to say the least, especially the period between 22 and 26.
The perfect soundtrack to this little routine of mine is My Way by the legendary crooner Frank Sinatra. Melodramatic? Me? How presumptuous of you!
I hate New Year’s resolutions. Too much pressure and being totally candid with you, I’m far too lazy and rebellious. It always starts well but come the first weekend of the New Year, Domino’s Pizza are back on speed dial and I’ve found myself eyeing up a bottle of Pinot Grigio like it’s Tom Hardy led starkers on my bed.
However, that said, I do like the idea of a bucket list. As many of you are well versed already, I do love a list. Especially ones of the ‘To Do’ variety. The satisfaction I get when I’ve ticked something off my task list is immense. No matter how menial it is.
So, with this in mind, have a little read of the things I want to do and achieve in my fourth decade. I know, I know, my ‘29 Things In My 29th Year’, didn’t exactly go according to plan, however, I’ve given myself a WHOLE TEN YEARS to tick these things off.
Even I can achieve that. Can’t I?
LEARN TO DRIVE
I’ve turned caps lock on for this one just to emphasise how damn important it is for me to finally stick myself behind the steering wheel. How much longer can I put it off? How much longer can I rely on my friends, family and the, quite frankly, god awful public transport system to get me from A to B? This is something that should have been achieved some 13 years ago. It even featured on my 29 Things In My 29th Year blog, with absolutely no success. My provisional licence is still collecting dust in the back of my purse, its only use is to provide ID should I be asked to provide some when purchasing cigarettes or alcohol and sadly that’s becoming less and less frequent as time goes on.
Do a marathon
You laughed then didn’t you? Don’t lie, admit it, oh ye of little faith!! With me hoping to give up smoking a few days into being 30, I’m hoping my lung capacity will increase and I’ll be able to improve my fitness levels. Wes has just entered the ballot for the London Marathon 2017, he said I should enter it too, seeing as I had 11 months to train for it. I laughed. 11 months? More likely I’ll need 11 years to prepare for something like that. But we’ll see. Stranger things have happened!
Get paid to write
This one just might not be too far away, so stay tuned. I make no secret of the fact that writing is my passion, so if I could be paid to something I never tire of then that would be incredible. The ultimate dream for sure.
Become the proud owner of a six pack
I have no desire to adopt the bodybuilder look and morph into Jodie Marsh or the like but I’m beginning to run out of excuses for my flabby belly and I’m sick of tucking it into my underwear (yes I really do that). It’s been nearly 3 years since I had my son, thus I can’t really use pregnancy as an excuse. My love of chocolate, pizza and wine is the reason, coupled with sheer bloody laziness.
Clear my debt
I was going to have this one as ‘save money’ but piss and wind sprang to mind so let’s just focus on clearing the ever growing amount I have on my credit card shall we? Baby steps and all that.
Visit 5 different countries outside of Europe
I’m not the most well travelled. Heck, I’ve never even been outside of Europe, Cyprus is the furthest I’ve been I think (Ayia Napa 2012 – great times). This needs to change. There are so many places I want to visit and so many adventures I want to have with my son. This needs to happen.
Be on TV
Alas, I was unable to fulfil my dream of being on TV in my twenties but I’m more determined than ever to somehow get my mush on the box. I draw the line at reality TV though, I’m a spectator NOT a participant.
This is something I’ve given a lot of thought to in recent weeks. The balls in your court Wes…..
Renovate my house
I’m not going to go all Sarah Beeny and start becoming some sort of property obsessive, however, I have ideas circling my head as to how I want my house to look and I’m determined to achieve it.
Probably the most important of them all. I know what it’s like to experience proper, euphoric happiness and equally I know what it’s like to suffer from the most horrendous depression too. Thus, I don’t want to take my mental health and happiness for granted. I know what makes me happy and I’m aware of what makes me miserable. Ensuring I have a decent balance in life is imperative and I hope I can continue to have the right balance in my thirties. I’m looking forward to lots of fun times with my little family and my amazing friends.
So, it’s time to close one chapter and open another.
Testing Twenties, you’ve been something of a rollercoaster, but I think I rode it well (ooo’errr). There’s been many fun and amazing times but Dirty Thirties, I’m ready for you!
Just be kind, please.