Revisiting Goals I Made At Fourteen

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When I was fourteen, I made the decision to write a list of everything I wanted to achieve in the near future. I decided it would be a good way of keeping track of my life and achieving the things I really wanted to at the time.

Even though my priorities in life have since changed, it’s obvious to me that the goals I made in 2013 meant a lot to me. They meant so much that I kept up with checking them off religiously for an entire year when I’m usually awful at it.

Although some of the things I thought were important at the time make me cringe now, I thought I’d take this opportunity to reminisce. It’s the perfect time to look back at the goals I have achieved, and talk a little about how my life has changed since they were made.

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The first goal on this list, and the one I wanted to achieve the most, was to meet a band called MK1. Literally nobody knows who this band is, so don’t worry if you didn’t, either. To offer you a backstory, they were a duo who appeared in the 2012 X Factor, and I was obsessed. That might have had something to do with the crush I had on the female in the duo. Their music was good, too, though!

I achieved this goal in June 2013, shaking so much that I could hardly speak when it was my turn to meet them. At this event, I was the only person obsessive enough to wear their shirt, so I must’ve looked a little weird, but I didn’t care. Even though my interest for the duo wavered once they split, this still remains one of my fondest memories.

Admittedly, not all the goals I set had the same significance, and they won’t all be memories that I treasure forever. Things like ordering every series of a show I watched or getting a takeaway seem insignificant now. Can we take a second to talk about how someone who had never been abroad wished to swim with dolphins? I think it’s fair to say that fourteen-year-old me tried a little too hard to fit in at times.

However, not all the goals I set myself at that age were stupid or irresponsible. Something I’m proud to say I’ve achieved now is signing on to the organ donation list. This is something I’d wanted to do from a young age, but never really got around to until I ordered my provisional drivers licence. I thought my family knew me well enough to make the decision should that day come, but it’s always helpful to have reassurance.

There are also goals on this list that I was kind of surprised by, namely the one where I wanted to get my hair dyed professionally. At eighteen, that is one of my worst nightmares. The thought of going to the hairdressers fills me with so much dread I learnt to cut and dye my hair by myself. I mean, it’s not all bad; fourteen. year old me must’ve had no idea about the skills I would learn from my social anxiety!

Looking back, it’s difficult to believe how much has changed in the last four years. I know my goals aren’t a true reflection of my life back then, but I’d love to experience life where I could have non-serious goals again. It seems that now I’m officially an adult, the goals I have are a lot more serious, and will take longer to achieve. Of course, these goals are things I am going to do everything I can to achieve, but I think it’s important to make smaller ones, too. It’s definitely something I’m going to look at incorporating into my own life from now on.

Do you have any goals from when you were younger that you want to share? If not, what are some of the goals you have set for yourself to achieve in this year, or the next? I’d love to start a conversation about this in the comments below!

Thanks for reading, and until next time,


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28 thoughts on “Revisiting Goals I Made At Fourteen

  1. A really interesting article. It makes me think about the way we inevitably morph over the years. I found a couple of years ago my (very) old bucket list, which I view as some form of life goals list. I have to admit, I was very ambitious, specially for that age! 🙂 (but I didn’t do half of those things by now… However I still have the time, and I’m no quitter! 😉 )

    1. Thank you! Yeah, isn’t it crazy? I thought I hadn’t matured at all until I read this list!
      Good luck with achieving your ambitious goals. Nothing is too big if you set your mind to it, haha!

  2. That’s so sweet of you making a list at fourteen. At that age I didn’t look that far into the future as to make a wish list, I was living more in present. However, I did have a diary with my coded “secret” thoughts (but my brother managed to decode the language – you can tell how nervous I was :))

    1. I wish I was living in the present! I was an anxious mess about my future at fourteen; not the greatest experience! Haha, that’s so sweet!

  3. I loved MK1 on the X Factor too- and I can see where you’re coming from- Charlie is pretty cute!

    And getting your hair done at the hairdressers isn’t too bad but it’s so expensive- good on you for doing it at home!

    1. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who liked them! Literally nobody in my life at the time had even heard of them. I still go back and listen to their music occasionally, haha!
      Yeah, I suppose that’s true. My cousins training as a hairdresser at the moment, so maybe I’ll treat myself someday, but probably not. Now I know how to do my own hair (well enough, anyway), it’s easy enough to keep to it! 🙂

  4. I’ve made a list for this year, and I’m waiting until the end of the year to look at it and see what I have achieved ^^ I wish I could still have carefree goals too.. But the older I get the bigger the goals get and it’s scary at times ^^


    1. Wow, that’s a really cool idea! I’ve been set against writing yearly goals but after visiting this list, I think I might make some. I had to write some as part of an assignment for college this year and they really helped me focus, so maybe it’s a good idea!
      Yeah, I definitely agree with that one. I’m only eighteen, but it seems like my goals are so much more ambitious than they were four years ago!

  5. I really like this. I think my goals would have changed quite a lot. 14 YO me was like I should go to uni. 18 year old me is like nah xD

    1. Yeah. I mean, they weren’t hard, but I can still be proud of myself, right? Haha!
      Ah tell me about it. I cringed looking back at these, but it was worth it in the end.

    1. Thank you. I actually found it on a social media site I no longer use. No way I would’ve had it otherwise, haha!
      Yeah, mine are… interesting, to say the least, haha! Maybe you could make some goals now and look back on them in a few years to see what’s changed?

  6. Wow, 14 year old you certainly had a varied list of goals! It’s nice to see that you’ve managed to check off quite a few items on your list, and it’s amazing that at 14 you decided you wanted to be an organ donor. Most of my goals seem to be focused on travelling to certain places and working towards a meaningful and enjoyable career at the moment!

    Charlotte xx

    1. Thank you! To be honest, I am quite impressed with that one, especially as most of my goals around that time were quite immature.
      That seems really cool. I see a lot of people who want to travel more! Good luck with working towards a more enjoyable career; I hope it pays off for you!

  7. Loved this! It’s so interesting to look back and see which goals you managed to keep up with & which ones aren’t relevant anymore. Younger me wasn’t very imaginative so my goals were always to be married & have my own house one day, haha x

    1. Thank you. Yeah, I think it’s definitely interesting. Worth the cringeness by a long-shot.
      Aw, those are still really cool goals! They’re quite mature, too, which is always a good thing!

  8. Ah, 14-year-old me was slacking. I would love to have a list like this from my younger self. I totally get your goals have changed over the years, but how cool is it to see some consistency? I can remember fantasies my younger self had but no real goals. Alas! This is such a fascinating post. Thanks for sharing!

    Breanna Catharina

    1. I’m so glad I made it! I may have thought it was inconsistent at fourteen, but it’s definitely made me realise how much I’ve changed–and how I’ve stayed consistent in some cases!
      Perhaps you could make some goals now that you look back at in a few years time? It would make a good blog post, if nothing else, haha!
      Thanks for reading.

  9. Its really cool that you made a set of goals to look back on and that you completed some of them! I don’t think I really set many goals when I was younger but I’m trying to get back into scrapbooking and journalling and I was thinking of making a page for goals to complete before I turn 21, it’d be nice to have something to look back on and try complete!

  10. I love this, Rebekah! I wish I still had a list of fourteen-year-old Abbey’s goals and aspirations as I bet they’d be hilarious to read! I think it’s brilliant that you’ve signed up for organ donation, I couldn’t think of a worthier goal to have achieved!

    Abbey 😘

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