2016 is here! I will be turning 35 at the end of the year, and while this big number makes me LOL in correlation to my level of “adultness”, I can’t help but notice that fear is still holding me back sometimes in life and this is the year I would like to change that. So I made a 35 by 35 bucket list. In this year that will be leading me to my 35th birthday, I have challenged myself to do all the things I have never done, mostly things that absolutely frighten me and that I always told myself I would never do, but also things I have never done for absolutely no reason. I know this list is completely insane and chances are high I will not be able to do even half of it, but listing this and challenging myself to some of these things I hope is a first step in taking actions to ridding me of my fears.
So. Ready, set: here goes nothing!
1. Go skydiving
One of those things I said I would rather die than do. I feel like if I do this, than everything will be possible.
2. Bungee jump
Ditto to that first one, maybe ever worse.
3. Sing at a karaoke bar
Why on earth I am still scared of being ridiculous?
Do one last Working Holiday Visa
I’m going to Germany! While freelancing and working as a blogger has been working out for me for the most part while I was in South East Asia, since I started cycling and moved to Europe where life is a tad more expensive than in Thailand, I have had less time to work. So I will be basing myself in Berlin from next month! So excited!
5. Go on a rollercoaster
6. Try rock Climbing
Check! Well, bouldering, that counts, right? I’m a big fan!
7. Do the splits
Because I love using my yoga practice to learn new party tricks!
8. Zip Lining
Just to wear the suit and look badass!
10. Bake a cake
Why have I never done this?
11. Learn a new language
I’m working on this. Nicht so gut, so weit
12. Kite Surfing
14. Revisit Paris as a vegan
My friend Amandine visited the Shangri La for a vegan afternoon tea in Paris the other day and I have been completely obsessed about doing the same!
15. Go play golf
That’s what old people do, no?
17. Go on a hot air balloon ride
18. Visit Scandinavia
This has been high on top of my list for many years and hopefully 2016 is the year it happens!
19. Go on a helicopter ride
20. Do a handstand
21. Take a dance class
Any. I need to dance more.
23. Attend an outdoor music festival
24. Learn a legit video editing software
I am using Adobe Premiere Element right now and winging it. I have no idea how to do more elaborate editing such as color correction and stuff like that. As a trained visual artist, I feel this is a tool I have to learn better.
25. Go see a musical
Not that I especially want to as it sounds mortally boring, but… 35 things, eh.
26. Visit Greece
27. Teach a yoga class
Since completing my yoga teacher training in 2015, I never, ever taught.
28. Start paying my student loan
I don’t like #28 🙁
29. Hike up a big mountain
I hiked up El Teide Volcano in Tenerife:
30. Learn to surf once and for all
I tried quite a few times in the past and either failed or stood up on one of these ridiculous extremely buoyant boards in teeny tine waves. It’s the only water sport that makes me frightened of the ocean.
31. Go to Africa
32. Try sandboarding
33. Make vegan cheese
34. Start house sitting
I didn’t know what else, I just googled that. Looks fun enough!