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.
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,