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I (almost) tried 21 new things in the year before I turned 21

I’ll preface this by saying this was an idea entirely stolen from Millie Gooch, who tried 30 new things in the 30 days before she turned 30. I saw Millie’s video when I had just turned 20 (at the end of June 2020, big up all my fellow cancers) and England was fresh out of its 67th lockdown. Because I like to live like a BETEC influencer and I was high on the idea of freedom and birthday cake, I wanted to give it a go as well.  So, I sat down with my favourite notebook and glitter pens and wrote a list of things I would love to do but hadn’t. Either because I hadn’t had the opportunity (because of lockdown and life) or just lacked the confidence. They ranged from super easy, like completing a coffee card, to fairly challenging such as going to London and doing a bungee jump. Obviously, as I’d just turned 20 that ship had sailed and as I didn’t have unlimited funds and 21 consecutive days off work, I decided that I would give myself the full year to complete it. Rather than doing consecutive days.

I’m not going to pretend I’ve completed everything. Within this year, I’ve moved out, got a new job and started a new placement so I haven’t had ample time. However, I still really wanted to commit to my list and on writing this (13 days before I turn 21) I only have 3 things left to complete. These are seeing a sport live, (I tried to see Ice hockey, but I got Covid), take a cooking class (this is scheduled don’t judge me) and doing a bungee jump (I genuinely booked this one, but it got cancelled. Promise I didn’t wimp out.) Although I haven’t completed it I’m still super proud of myself for doing everything else. The list made me push myself completely out of my comfort zone and I’m now way more confident than I was. It also gave me loads of happy memories to look back on, I saw Wicked in the West end!

Whilst I know 21 isn’t old at all, neither is 30, to be honest, I wanted to pack in as much as I can whilst I have no responsibilities and can waste my money on stupid shit. Especially as Covid hit basically as I turned 18, I felt like I had some catching up to do. Honestly, I had a great time. I would advocate literally anyone at any age to do this as it gives you so much to look forward to.

This is my list in case you’re looking for ideas:

. Finish a coffee card

. Do a vegan week

. Don’t buy new clothes for 30 days

. Finish a classic novel

. Do a bungee jump

. Wear an entirely charity shop outfit

. Get a facial

. Take a cooking class

. Give Blood

. Buy myself flowers

. Take a cheerleading class

. Write and publish an article

. Host a dinner party

. See a comedian live

. Go to London

. Go to a pottery place

. Embroider something

. See a West-end show

. Join a club

. Go to a food/beer festival

. Watch a sport live

21 before 21 (nearly) completed it mate. Roll on 22 before 22.

Lucy Jeffs
Lucy Jeffs
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