Monday, January 18, 2016


A year ago I wrote a list. I wrote a list of twenty-two things I wanted to do before my twenty-third birthday. It was a little bit of a challenge, but also a list full of things I wanted to achieve. Updating that list in the past week to show what I completed and what I hadn't got me thinking. I wrote a list of things I wanted to happen in my year of being 22, because I wanted it to be the best year yet. It was quite possibly my best year yet, but not because of a list I'd written the day after I turned twenty-two.

Today is apparently Blue Monday - the saddest day of the year. I get it, January can be a crappy month. Christmas is over, there's extra time to wait between December's payday and January's, and everyone's just feeling a little low. It doesn't have to be a rubbish day though, because that choice is yours to make.

I realised, looking back at my list, that although some of the best things that happened to me in the past year were on that list, it couldn't have prepared me for them coming. I said I wanted to visit Kelsey, but it didn't say have the best week of your life and fall in love with Canada. I said I wanted to change my hairstyle, but it didn't tell me that having inches cut off and spending the majority of the year with shorter hair was going to make me feel so much happier.

That list was important, back when I wrote it, but looking back now I would have had just as an amazing year without it. I probably would have cut my hair and gone to North America and started driving lessons. I didn't need to write my future in a list just so it was a happy one.

This year I'm taking a different approach. As twenty-three year old Sophie I'm not writing a list. I'm not setting myself specific things to do. It was nice to have, but I'm going to take my year at twenty-three as it comes. Every bad moment, every good moment. Every tear, every smile, every laugh.

My goal for being twenty-three? I'm going to make it the best year yet, even though I have no idea what it's going to hold.

Sophie x

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