Ten things I thought I’d have achieved by 21 (that I was totally wrong about)
My 18-year-old self was so optimistic. After the stressful year 12 exams left me completely burnt out, I spent my first year of uni partying and bludging my way through classes. “But it’s OK!” I told myself. I convinced myself I had plenty of time to kill it at life. My first-year of uni was going to be a year of rest.
Little did I know that year of rest would turn into a three-year long snooze where I didn’t kick any goals I planned to. If you find yourself in a similar position, there's still plenty of time to sort your shit out (as I found out after a minor existential crisis).
This is what I thought I’d have achieved and was so so wrong about.
Landing a full-time job
Hahaha no. Cue me adding another three years to my uni degree because I was so not ready for the adult world.
Finding the person I was going to settle down with
My teenage self thought that made sense. Settled down at 21, married at 25, babies after that? Hahahaha NO. I’m glad I was wrong about this.
Moving out of my parents’ home
But why would I when it’s not that far to uni and I’ve avoided paying board this whole time?
Writing a novel
Even just a short story? No, I was enthusiastic for exactly one day before my interest started to wane.
No longer dating people who are totally wrong for me
I still haven’t learned my lesson after yet another failed attempt at a relationship.
Saving a decent chunk of money
Hahahaha no. Instead of sticking to that spreadsheet budget I created, I reward myself with online shopping sprees (when I most definitely don’t deserve to).
Finally joining the gym
I sure did! Doesn’t mean I ever went thought…
Pulling an all-nighter
Why is this something I ever wanted to achieve? Sleep is awesome and whoever said sleep is for the weak are kidding themselves. To be fair, my 18-year-old self had a way better chance of doing this than my lazy 21-year old self.
Does a Contiki tour count?
Figuring out what I want to do with my life
So I didn’t know at 18, but I thought by 21 I’d definitely have it sorted. After a degree and a few internships, that should be enough to know right? Wrong. So wrong.