Hey there my beauties, kings and queens. It’s a happy birthday to me!! Yippee \O/!!!!!! I’m feeling every inch of 22 whatever that means hahaha… 🙂 Today, cold but beautiful with the sun peeping out to tell me that it’s always sunny beyond the clouds; happiness despite the circumstances and yes I will be happy and celebrate albeit being broke, tired and stressed out by school (but that is another topic for another day and blog).
Last year, I made a list of 21 things to do while I was 21 and I’m thinking it’s high time I share. Since turning 20, I’ve been making lists of things to do during that year; yes like resolutions but better because this are things ranging from the stupidest to the biggest and most grandiose gestures you can think of. I’ve always been told that I was rigid, that I color too much within the lines and never get out of my comfort zone. Well guess who decided to branch out and surprise herself, to just jump in and just enjoy the moment without thinking of pros and cons of things? me timid little me…I DID IT…
Can I get a woot woot!!!!
My list was something I wrote and shared with my mother and grandmother. My mom knowing how reserved I am, was soooooo shell-shocked you would think it told her I was getting “I don’t know a nose ring” (I should have said that though. Her expression would have been priceless). To some of you my list would seem trivial and lacking creativity, but to me this was a list of things/places I have never been or done before. This was a way to get me exploring myself, learning myself through immersion into various activities however petty some I’m sure may be.
So here are the things I wrote down over a year ago… (PS this was a very hard thing to share…but hey!!!
The things I was able to accomplish include:-
1. Travel outside the country
Hello there America. You were good to me. You taught me to be independent and handle a new culture and ideology with sanity and a smile. You brought me very cool people who taught me how to let go and just have fun…”live-my-age” as they say.
2. Be a mentor
Lost Coast Camp!!!!! You brought me the liveliest of kids with great stories of strength and survival that made some of the things I complain about seem trivial. Mentoring is such fun.
3. Experience a sunset/sunrise
I met a guy called Gordy (hey Serella 🙂 ) who took me to a reggae concert over a long weekend. That was one awesome concert btw; anyway I digress. Gordy’s place in Petrolia California (on top of a stunning hill) gave me a spectacular view of the ocean with the sun rays bouncing off the water to give a precious unforgettable view of beauty.
During those beach hikes as well, as we slept on the beach and had “camp fire”, that view, that atmosphere of tranquility and quiet was amazing.
4. Dye my hair!!
Hahaha…remember when I spontaneously cut it and dyed it red?! My mother was so shocked she asked me if I was feeling ok and normal. After a few days I was so scared that I had drawn attention onto myself that I wanted to go dye it black again but then some cute guy ( girls will be girls) said I looked hot so it stayed…
5. Go on a road trip…
From northern California to LA; from LA to Vegas; from Vegas to Kansas!!!
6. Read a book on a subject you’ve never thought about reading
The other month I read a book on financial freedom.. I’m not a fan of books that tell you what to do but for sure I did learn a lot more than I thought I would.
7. Dance a combination of Lingala, Shakira and moon-dance…
During camp fire; circle time turns you into someone else for sure….thank God for no recording devices…that was horribly embarrassing but extremely fun and liberating
8. Go on a blind date
Never again for sure…that was so awkward!!!!!
9. Learn a new language.
Duo-lingo is doing a fine job of teaching me French for sure!! I’m just lacking in commitment on that one
10. Public speaking.
Over the hay makes me do enough of this. Hahaha. Oh guys…before I forget; 24th of April it resumes yeiiiiii…so make sure you and you and you as well come with your friends and family ok? Come one and all!
11. Take a yoga class
And a year later I’m loving what I have accomplished!!!!
What didn’t I accomplish on my list:
12. Go on a train ride
13. Get a custom made coat
14. Teach myself how to ride a motor bike
15. Bungee jumping
16. Have project you and me running( really saddened that I didn’t get this going)
17. GP karting( almost did this but I can’t remember why the plans changed…sigh)
18. Get to my ideal weight
To be honest this is a struggle and hard point for me but I did manage to fall in love with the body I have. I realize that sometimes we strive for things that are so inachievable and because I compared myself to someone else’s progress it was harder to even keep going with this one.
But now….hahaha…damn straight I love it all, every nook every crevice, every bump and each cellulite mark.
19. Spa day.
20. Finish the kindness challenge
I started this one but ended it some time. I got sidetracked with school and life and I know that isn’t a good excuse but I’ll get right back to doing so.
21. Go to a random place with no itinerary and enjoy the moment
Still working on it
So this year begins with Wangechi making another list of the 22 things to do while she is twenty two…sounds achievable right? I can’t wait to see what this journey brings me and who I meet along the way coz that is what matters more right? hopefully I’ll get to accomplish all I have set my mind to do this year. 🙂
Thank you all for the wishes on social media and email…
I appreciate you and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the 20s takes us…
Buckle up shall we? 🙂 🙂