I firmly live by the motto that life is mostly what we make it. For me, a life well lived means pursuing big dreams and placing an emphasis on daily small pleasures along the way. It saddens me greatly to hear people say “I always wanted to do X but never got around to it…” or “you’re so lucky to do that! I wish I didn’t have X holding me back so I could too”. So I say, stop dreaming and start doing.
I’m not suggesting you all go out and quit your job and move to another country tomorrow with no backup plan, but if there are dreams you genuinely want to pursue, why not start finding a way to make them happen today? If you don’t know where to begin, just put pen to paper and making a list of what it is you want; maybe that simple step will give you the motivation you need to make those dreams a reality.
For me, I’ve decided to take this milestone of being a year from entering a new decade to make a list of 30 things to do before I turn 30, and attempt to tick them all over over the next 365 days (in no particular order). Some are grand lifelong dreams, others a continuation of things I’m already enjoying, others silly and frivolous but happiness-inducing all the same. I won’t bore you with the whole list of 30, but here are 10 items on my list I’m particularly looking forward to:
1. Set in motion concrete plans to live in Paris for six months (though perhaps more realistically, one month). Rent an apartment, enrol in intensive language classes during the day, and spend the afternoons exploring and experiencing the city I’ve fantasised about forever.
2. Be able to hold an adult conversation in another language (see point 1).
3. Visit Japan during cherry blossom season.
4. Learn how to make macarons (probably my favourite food group, but I’ve always been too scared to make my own).
5. Spend a summery weekend in the glorious English Cotswolds.
6. See a Shakepeare play in Straford-upon-Avon (slightly random, but oh so wonderful).
7. Have just one more all-night party at a fantastical Cambridge May Ball (the kinds of parties so elaborate, they belong in a Fitzgerald novel).
8. Visit the Mediterranean for a delicious dose of azure waters and Vitamin D.
9. Work up the courage to begin pitching stories to the serious glossy magazines.
10. Spend at least one weekend a month properly exploring London (can you believe I’ve never been to Columbia Road?!)
What grand plans do you dream of yourself? I hope I’ve inspired at least some of you to make a few of them happen this year!
Love, Miss B xx
Edit: Read Part 2 of this post here