So I turned 18 four days ago. Knowing me, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that I'm already thinking about all that I want to accomplish before my next birthday. Because of this, I wanted to compile the 9 things I could think of into one post. I'm also going to try really hard to not look at this until next year, but I can't make any promises.
1. Read 18 books
Again, not too much of a surprise. I read 16 books while being 16, and 17 while being 17, so it's only natural that I should continue the pattern.
2. Participate in a poetry slam OR open mic
I haven't decided yet if it would be easier to do a poetry slam where it's a possibility that I'd have to get up 3 times, or an open mic where the people are a tad bit more experienced. I'll keep you updated on what I decide, but either way, I want to get my poetry out there to more people. Speaking of which...
3. Publish a book
Let's just say there's something currently in the works, and it has to do with some environmentally friendly balloons ;-)
4. Get my driver's license
Seriously, I think it's about time. I'm still studying for my third attempt at the written test, but I don't have a test date yet. Don't worry, I'm working on it.
5. Travel to 5 completely new places
I really want to do and see lots of new things this year, and that's going to require traveling. I have a lot of plans already, and I'm really excited to see where this goal, in particular, takes me.
6. Be working or volunteering in a theatre
By the time I'm 19, I'll be in college. I'm 98% sure of where I'm going, and I've already filled out forms for volunteering at nearby theaters in the city I'll be living in. This is one of the harder ones on the list, but it's definitely still doable.
7. Improve French skills
I was really on top of learning French a couple years ago, and it's slowly fallen by the wayside ever since moving. I'm going to Paris this summer, and I think it's really important that I know at least some basic phrases before I go. Ideally, I'd like to be able to read and understand some French children's books by the time I'm 19.
8. Write a short film
I'm not setting the goal of filming it yet because I think a year is too short a time to make that happen, but I think writing it is okay. I'd really like to stretch my creative muscles and writing skills in a totally new way this year, and a short film seems like the ideal way to do that.
9. Be happy
While quite vague, this one is very important to me. I'm going to be in a totally new place, surrounded by new people. I'm hopefully going to have accomplished some really good things, and have gone to great places. I want to be happy with where I am and what I'm doing, and I still want to be thankful for all that I have.
So there we have it, my nine goals to accomplish by the time I'm nineteen. It's a rather scary thought, but also pretty exciting at the same time. Wish me luck, and I'll be back to recap these in one year's time.