Revisiting Goals I Made At Fourteen

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.

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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.

Unrealistic Goals

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.

Sensible Goals

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.

Surprising Goals

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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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 ^^

    Kirsty
    http://www.corinneandkirsty.com

    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

    theassortedwriter.blogspot.co.uk

    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
    toocuteforlife.com

    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 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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