I was fourteen when I first decided I needed to be proactive and create some goals for myself. As you’ll see, they weren’t all big goals, but they gave me the purpose I needed at the time. Some of them pushed me out of my comfort zone, whereas others were simply for fun.
It’s now 2017 and I’m eighteen, so four years have passed since I first came up with the goals that you see below. Although I might have been young when I created them, I was certainly determined to stick to my goals. The determination was so strong that I continued to check them off religiously for an entire year. Considering my organisational skills weren’t brilliant back then, I call this an achievement.
Admittedly, I don’t look back at fourteen year old me and admire all the goals I made. In fact, some of them make me cringe. A lot. Despite this, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane to look back at the goals I have achieved, as well as taking the opportunity to talk about how my life has changed since they were made.
The Main Goal
The first goal on this list, and one that I wanted to achieve more than anything, was to meet a band called MK1. Literally nobody knows who this band is, so if you think you’re missing out, don’t worry. To offer you a little bit of a backstory, they were a duo who appeared on the 2012 version of the X Factor, and I was obsessed. It got to the point where I’d probably consider the band one of my earlier special interests. It might also have had something to do with the crush I had on the female member of the group. The music was good, too!
This goal was accomplished in June 2013. I was shaking so much I could hardly speak, and almost chickened out completely. I must’ve looked like a proper fangirl as I was the only person at the event to wear their tee-shirt, not that I minded at the time. I’m so glad that the girls I spoke to on the group chat encouraged me to go through with meeting them as it’s one of the fondest memories I have, to this day.
I think fourteen year old me would have been happy if the only goal I achieved on this list had been to meet this band.
Challenging My Anxiety
I didn’t recognise it at the time, but reflection has allowed me to understand that some of my goals were directly related to anxiety. You might think that getting my own takeaway isn’t much of a goal, but that still makes me anxious to this day.
Another thing I always got anxious thinking about was getting my hair dyed professionally. Unfortunately, it’s not something I’ve done, even to this day. With that being said, I did teach myself to cut, style and dye my hair myself. It’s nowhere near at the standard of a hair salon, but I don’t think my skills are too bad.
At fourteen, the world seems like your oyster, and nothing is off limits. This was certainly something I thought when creating my goals at fourteen. One of my goals, for example, was to swim with dolphins abroad. I’ve never even been abroad. I think a part of me wanted to fit in, but I can’t deny that swimming with dolphins would be pretty cool.
Not all of the goals I created at fourteen were irresponsible. Something I’m proud to say I’ve achieved is signing onto the organ donation list. I’ve always been passionate about this, but never got around to doing anything about it until applying for my provisional licence. I know my family would make the right decision if anything were to happen to me, but it’s nice to have the reassurance.
2013 was a long time ago, guys. That means that I had time to forget my goals, and boy, there were some surprises. I was so scared of disobeying my parents that I actually viewed rebelling against them as a goal. Seriously? I don’t think fourteen year old me realised I’d have to leave the house to achieve this. Oops.
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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, I’d love to go back to a time where my goals weren’t so serious.
I think it’s so important to have smaller goals that make you feel good when you reach them. It makes reaching the bigger ones feel more achievable! I’m definitely going to consider implementing them in my life in the future.
Do you have any goals from when you were younger that you want to share? If not, what are some of the goals you hope to achieve in the next couple of years?
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