Scattered all over the internet, there exists lists of goals and achievements that people would like to reach by a certain age. I even created one, a couple of years ago, as a newly turned 21-year-old. However, as much as I love a good list, and it’s a perfect way to capture your goals in a short, easy to digest, sort of way, it’s not a lot of good if you don’t have any sense of how you are going to achieve them in the first place.
I have many things that I’d like to achieve throughout my twenties, some that I know are probably a bit idealistic but others, are far more achievable if I put plans in place to make them possible. We all want the dream house, perfect job and a heap of money but the struggle, the energy and the drive, often becomes lost in the idea of ‘success’. While my idea of ‘#goals’ may differ to yours, there is beauty in the process of achieving them.
This isn’t a definitive list, I am sure my goals will change, just as my life will significantly over the course of the next few years. Despite that, I’d at least hope to be on the right path that leads me to the life that I want to create for myself
This is a bit of a difficult one to have as a goal as I’m not quite sure exactly what I want to do. All I know is that I want to have a kickass graduate job, that I enjoy. A sizable salary isn’t my top priority, nor is a clear cut career trajectory, but I do want to have a good work-life balance, with the ability to pursue other interests such as hobbies and volunteering.
I received the advice that perseverance is key, in job hunting, as well as determination and a good positive attitude. While I don’t know what I want to do as work, I know that in order to achieve my main priorities within my career, I’ll make sure to always remained determined, positive and patient.
2017 marks the year where I will be leaving my education. After over a decade at school, two years of A levels and four years of university, I’ll be finally leaving the education system behind. It’s actually quite terrifying when it’s written (typed) in front of me, but it’s fair to say that education and I, are ready to go our separate ways.
As I have always been above average throughout my school and college life, it would be nice to be able to meet those high standards when I graduate this summer. As much as I’d like a first, I think it’s a more realistic goal to strive for a 2:1, a goal that I am confident I will achieve. The next few months will involve a lot of studying (and consequent tantrums from studying), but walking away with a grade that reflects the efforts of the past four years will be worth it.
Another goal within the area of education is improving my maths. As soon as I graduate, perhaps in 2018, I’d like to go on a maths ‘refresher’ course, if I can find a suitable one. At school, I was good at maths but that knowledge seems to have disappeared to make room for everything else, despite my best efforts of playing sudoku. I hope that in the next few years I can improve on this so that knowledge in the back of my brain somewhere does eventually come back.
Health is something that I will aim to improve on as I carry on throughout my twenties, and is probably one of the most important goals on this list.
I’d like to be fit, the kind of fit where I could run a 10k no problem. Yeah, I am definitely not there yet. But I plan to be. As soon as I can afford it, I am joining a gym and investing in a personal trainer. I want to see a chiropractor about my back and seek professional help regarding my digestive issues. I want to feel confident in a bikini and be able to not worry about catching my breath after running for the bus. Improving my health is going to be one of my biggest goals throughout my twenties, it’s getting there slowly, but this process is a long one and one I know, will not work if rushed.
Owning/renting it doesn’t make a difference to me. All I know is that I want to create my own home with my partner David. For the best part of three years we have been saving up for our own home, so this goal seems a lot more achievable than many of the others.
The tricky part of this, however, is exactly where our home will be. I suppose that one, will just have to run it’s course.
These next few things fall within the ‘general’ category because I’m not entirely sure where to put them. One goal, that is important to me is being in a position where I can be more conscious about what I consume. Regarding organic produce as well as everyday items, I’d like to be able to make more ethical consumer choices.
Another goal of mine is to learn how to drive. I technically can drive. Just not legally. It’s been a good few years since I have taken driving lessons, which I sadly had to give up as a result of being a poor student, so I am eager to learn and have the freedom of owning my own car, rather than relying on public transport.
Owning my own pet is another goal that I hope to achieve throughout my twenties. Cats will always feature in my life and I plan on adopting one as soon as I can, but I’d also like to have a dog, preferably a sausage dog or a westie.
Finally, conquering my fear of water is a very personal goal of mine. Ever since having a frightening experience in the sea as a child, I have never been able to tolerate water on my face (slightly troublesome in the shower!), let alone be able to swim or stick my head-under-waterer. I want that to change as I continue on into my twenties, conquering my fear, perhaps through lessons or some form of CBT. Either way, I plan on teaching my future children how to swim, so this is a fear that I hope to conquer.
Before the responsibilities of having a family, I want to ensure that travel will feature heavily throughout my twenties. I plan on visiting Canada, America, Indonesia, Austraila and many, many European cities.
Of course, this is all dependent on money and I know full well that I may not get to visit all of these places. To manage expectations, therefore, I want to try and aim for one trip abroad each year. I think by being sensible with money and by having all the other things (education, job, home etc) fall into place, this will be a much more achievable goal.
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