Bucket List – Things To Do Before I Turn 21
Visit Versailles ^
Take a Photography Course
- Learn to Play the Guitar
Publish Something (!)
- Host a Dinner Party – and Invite People (!)
Have a Portrait Painted (or in this case, photographed)
Learn a Foreign Language
Be An Extra in a Film/Television Program
Do My Own Laundry (!)
Get a Move On With My Driving (!)
- Be a Zoo Keeper For A Day
Be More Charitable
Volunteer To Help
Go Somewhere Unfamiliar
- Sing karaoke
Go 24 Hours Without Technology
Watch A Sunset
Create a Dream Home – For When I Move Out (Goodness Knows How Long It’ll Be)
- Plan An Awesome 21st Birthday Party (!)
“We all change, in some point of our lives. But change can be a good thing, if we learn to make the right choices.”
Sunday 1st March
Remember how I said I wished that I could take my own advice? Last month, I’ve been trying to be more brave and mature.
Since the New Year, I had been ditched by most of my peers, for no reason. (It has made me feel sad, confused and angry.)So to prevent this,I have been mixing, mingling, speaking, and spending time with my close friends and spending time on my own.
Change has come within me too; lately, I had difficulty with a girl I know. For months, I’ve been afraid to say, “No” or explain my feelings; instead, I would make up excuses. Although I was powerless to tell the truth, I feel guilty and ashamed of myself. So, I had discussions with my parents and learning monitor, I’ve decided to say ‘no’ or give each other personal space if I have any future difficulties with her.
Song #1 – Wide Awake by Katy Perry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEZsD1aOgy0
This song explains my difficulties and my realisation; that I have to learn and face them alone.
On the second week of February, I was ill in bed with a bug and I was off for a few days. Meanwhile, it’d been snowing; the snow wasn’t deep and it melted in the afternoon. By the third week, the bug was gone but my cough wasn’t. I still have it. Also, I realised that Valentine’s Day was coming up and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
Song #2 – SAD (Single Awareness Day) by Joseph Vincent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ0U8rYNWzQ
This song explains what I was going through before Valentine’s Day, as I had no date for the day; or so I thought…
On Valentine’s morning, I woke up to find my Dad, giving me a single red rose. It was sweet of him; he didn’t have to. Normally, he gives a bunch of roses to Mum and allows me to pick one from the bunch. However, this year was different and I am extremely grateful. During the day, I went shopping with A and in the evening, my parents and I went out to dinner with I and his parents. The restaurant we went to was Likya in Golders Green, London. When we arrived, I and I exchanged Valentine’s Day cards (as friends) and I gave me a small bunch of roses. It was the best Valentine’s Day I’ve had in a long time and the food was incredible, but the portions were large, like the Oblix.
Then last night, I attended a birthday party; one of my closet friends, D was celebrating his 21st birthday. The party was fantastic; D had planned it since October and my goodness, he did really well. The party was set in a church hall and there were lots of things to do; throughout the evening, we had Jazz music, performed by a live band involving D’s family, friends and school students. They got the whole room dancing on the floor and moving in a conga lines. Also, there were party games and everyone were was inclusive. In the middle of the party, however, I saw ‘Mr Wrong’. I wasn’t sure if I was going to stay until the end, but, I thought, I don’t care; it’s D’s party and I’m going to have a good time. So, I danced, played ‘pop the poppers’ and played with the balloon with my friends. I couldn’t have been more proud and happy. I really enjoyed the party; it was the best one ever.
One night, I told my parents about my experiences and how brave I was, when I take sensible actions and try new things. And the truth is, I’m not ashamed to say it. It has taken me awhile to accept a part of myself, but I feel good.
Song #3 – Happy by Pharrell Williams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH4YiSH0Vks
This song explains my freedom, as a single woman and being happy about everything!
Lately, I’ve been publishing write articles, short stories, song lyrics and poetry on my blog. I’ve been surprised as I now have followers from the States, France, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Mexico, and Canada and of course, the United Kingdom.I’ve been amazed and surprised by all of this and on a personal note, I would to thank everyone. So far, it’s been a truly amazing journey. My followers’ blogs are pretty amazing; everyone is talented in their own right and I cannot wait to meet more.
Song #4 – You’re The Voice by John Farnham: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLTavGj9hxg
This song explains my time on my blog and planning ahead for March.
Also, I’ve been fantasizing over a dream holiday to Africa. A lot of people in my family know that I have always want to go there. My learning monitor, who is from Africa, said to me that if I believe in something, keep an open-mind about it and plan ahead, because it may come true. So, I’ve decided to write a list of things I need to do before I go to Africa.
Things to Do to Make My Trip to Africa a Reality
- Do research – books, Internet, you name it!
- Be more independent – go on more buses, ask things by myself
- Save money and make a budget
- Create a plan – Where do I want to go? How long do I want to stay? Who should I go with?
- Read about the diseases in Africa and look on the NHS website for information on vacations
Goodness knows when it’ll happen, but I’m determined not to give up and just go for it!
Until then, I just going to plan, plan, plan while studying and perform. At this moment, I’m in the process of performing 12 Angry Men in less than two weeks. I guess, we have to wait and see.