Thursday, February 09, 2012

25 Things I Want To Do Before I Turn 25

Waiting for spring which has still not sprung.
After spending the last several days inside, today I finally ventured out into the slush-free streets of Rome to get some fresh air (and gelato). The family tells me that next month it will get a lot warmer and that the Spanish Steps will be flourishing with big, beautiful pots of multicoloured flowers. I can't wait for spring so that I can go outside wearing nothing but a colourful dress with leggings, a cardigan and ballet flats so that I can continue to enjoy the city of Rome without my teeth chattering. It seems like a far cry from today, especially when I saw a miserable looking mom dragging her son through the streets. He was no older than four and was happily holding his moms hand while trying to let go
and jump into the puddles, while she kept tugging at him. She was carrying a couple shopping bags in the other hand and barking at someone through her cell phone.
I watched them for a bit and had a sudden spark of inspiration on what I wanted to blog about next. I'm going to compose a list of things I want to do before I have children. No, let's go bigger than that. A list of things I want to do before I have children and get married. What do I want to do during the years I have left as a young, independent woman? No other question could thrill me as much. Women today aren't expected to marry young and pop five kids out before she hits 30. I do want to get married and have kids eventually (3 is a nice number), but I still have so many things I want to accomplish before then. What exactly, you ask? Well, I'm about to tell you. Feel free to make your own list and steal ideas from me!
1. Spend an entire day hiking alone. Just me, mother nature, and a backpack full of water bottles and granola bars.
2. Live alone. Except for the company of a dog, of course.
3. Become fluent in Italian. 
4. Get my degree in Journalism.
5. Travel back to Europe for the third time.
6. Learn to play the harmonica (already a working progress).
7. Write a book.
8. Visit New York City.
9. Find my signature cocktail drink.
10. Have a professional portrait done of me.
11. Go canoing across Lake Erie.
12. Take a road trip somewhere - anywhere - with good company.
13. Plant a tree and visit it every year to see how much 'my tree' grows.
14. Teach someone how to read
15. Be a bridesmaid.
16. Ride in a hot air balloon.
17. Meet the one, the only, the truly inspiration and wonder woman extraordinaire - Elizabeth Gilbert.
18. Date someone who's totally not my type.
19. Make enough money from a job that I love so that I can actually afford to cross things off this list.
20. Visit the island of Santorini in Greece
21. Win something big like a fridge or the lottery. 
22. Find my own personal paradise.
23. Learn to cook. You know, real food. That doesn't come in a can.
24. Witness a miracle.
25. Become more fit with age, not less.
Santorini, Greece. Also potentially my own personal paradise?


  1. Michelle, Your writing is amazing. I read every blog. This one inspired me (actually they all do) and also made me want to turn back the clock. I wish I had the youth/time that you have. But, I was very fortunate to have done the "Europe thing" back then too. But now, you have inspired me to create new goals. Not to just live life day by day, paying bills, going to work, having a few precious moments with friends. I WILL go to Greece. I WILL walk in the woods alone. I WILL sing out loud if I hear a song no matter where I am.
    Thank you so very much for your inspiration but most of all, thank you for being the most amazing human being that you are. Us old folks could learn a thing or two from you.
    Love you. Live life to it's fullest and never regret a moment. When I start to regret, I think that it happened for a reason and I have learned a valuable life lesson.
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxo Jeanette

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words! I love that people are enjoying my blog and learning something from it. Its great to know you have a knack for traveling and recognize that there is much more to life than every day tasks. An interesting question that was posed on one of my favourite blogs was, "Do you feel like you have lived this day 100 times before?" Do something every day to make it special and unique. You should absoluely go to Greece (and take me with you)! It means a lot to me that you appreciate my work and are inspired by it. I will definietly remember what you said. When I get home let's enjoy a glass (or bottle) of wine on a Girl's Night (because I'm almost legal in Canada, you know).
      Auf Wiedersehen, Sha-nette!