Birthdays are always crazy isn’t it?
The very thought that there is this one day every year reserved to be made all about you can be pretty overwhelming, especially if you are someone like me who isn’t a big fan of celebrations.
Not a pessimistic trade, I feel birthdays tend to be hyped with a lot of expectations attached to them and I had rather be having a quiet one and fulfilling those goals instead!
Ticking off things to-do from that list you made as a school kid during a boring Maths class, remember?
So, I have a list of 25 things that I wanted to absolutely to do before I had reached the median score. I am not saying I did it all but who knows?
25 IDEAS YOUR MOTHER WON’T LIKE :
1- Get a scholarship & study what embodies your passion for the subject, not just for a degree and accolades.
2- Go to a country where you don’t know the language, live there and not just as a tourist.
3- Have an impactful relation with someone irrespective of time and language barriers.
4- Make a serious mistake. Just one, that reminds you every moment in your life that you could choose to be better and wiser, that your scar stands for something more.
5- Date someone who is wrong for you, who wouldn’t be your type. Or so you think. It’s only because you had something, you know what you don’t want.
6- Eat a piece of chocolate cake with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon or a Chardonnay.
7- Go on an adventure in a different country, live it up there and reveal as little about yourself as possible.
8- Kiss someone you don’t love. Kiss someone who isn’t from the same country or ethnicity as you, or of the same age.
9- Get involved in high voltage dramatic situations in a foreign land for no fault of yours and come out being the victim.
10- Learn to accept other peoples POV and difference in opinions respectfully while stating your facts without any display of rage or animosity.
11- Be informed about socio-economic-political situations of the country and the world. By informed I don’t mean articles shared on social media and peer opinions endorsed by patronising people. Actually read up and dig up your political history, ups and downs and form your OWN opinion with facts and statements that goes to support the same.
12- Take the time out to know someone you despise. Or are not particularly fond of.
13- Learn to talk dirty at least once. And embrace your raw desires. Society has always wired us to be guilty and apologetic for expressing passion.
14- Start a collection. Any damn thing you want. I have a collection of the behavioural pattern of histories most infamous serial killers and their documentaries and footages.
15- Get into the habit of investment for your retirement. It sounds too early now but consider you future old self kissing you for this benevolence.
16- Have a secret tattoo that no one could see in plain sight. Only a few privileged people would know, if you know what I mean.
17- Have one inappropriate relationship and one diary that will be only yours to know.
18- Read controversial novels.
19- Just for once, buy something really expensive and pay for it with your own card or cash. Trust me, that sense of possessing something that stems from your own idea of affordability is quite a rush of sorts.
20- Take a trip, solo.
21- Learn how to cook or bake. It’s something you would occasionally find yourself enjoying in time. Makes for a great conversation starter.
22- Watch movies of different countries with subtitles.
23- Sponsor a child in any manner possible, even in the smallest of things like education or food.
24- Eat at a Michelin star restaurant at least once in your 20’s, even if its an appetiser. The thrill of it in your 30’s won’t be the same.
25- Know that your 20s are for adventure and whimsy, sure you would settle down one day and have a family and beautiful babies but that day is not today. Remind yourself of your goals, priorities and ambitions and live it up with an occasional bottle of wine now and then.