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26 Tasks Before my 27th Birthday (Final Review)

Rock Werchter 2016

Last year, the wonderful Hillary sent over a beautiful card with a list of 26 things that she challenged me to complete before my 27th birthday. The list is below, along with whether I managed to achieve it or not (or to which extent).

  1. Plant or grow something
    This was a roaring success, because I suddenly have a little herb garden which I reared from packets of seeds! They’re still too small to try, but they’re getting bigger every day.
  2. Pay 26 strangers a compliment
    I haven’t been able to keep count on this, but I have put an extra effort in doing this with as many people as possible.
  3. Wear something you made yourself
    I once made a dress (which mostly involved buying the material, cutting it, doing a bit of the sewing, and then giving up and letting my Mum finish it – but most of the work WAS done by me, somehow), and I have worn it on several occasions.
  4. Travel by boat
    With the good old Gozo Ferry, several times. I love it.
  5. Read Le Petit Prince in French
    Done! It was a beautiful read. I had previously read it in English (but years ago), so reading it in French was wonderful.
  6. Eat dessert before dinner
    Too often to note.
  7. Write a letter to a friend you haven’t spoken to in ages
    I have written several messages and emails to people who I hadn’t spoken to in ages, but I’m meaning to do this properly with a proper handwritten letter to my old best friend.
  8. Keep an elderly person company
    I don’t think I’ve done this in the past year properly (although I might have just forgotten – and you’d need to define “elderly”), but it’s definitely on my to-do list.
  9. Watch the movie God Help the Girl
    Watched it! It was a sweet movie, but the singing threw me off sometimes.
  10. On your next trip, take a disposable camera then develop the photos
    Done! At Rock Werchter last summer (one of the photos is above!).
  11. Go out and spend all day walking, no public transport
    I walk a lot in Luxembourg – although I haven’t kept track of whether I’ve spent a whole day of walking without any public transport, so I still need to technically complete this properly.
  12. Run at least 5km
    Didn’t complete. I have run 5km before, but that was a couple of years ago, and I’ve barely done any running at all since. I really need to get back on that saddle.
  13. Cook a 3-course meal of new recipes
    My lovely friend Valentina kindly helped me with this, including lasagna with white sauce, and tiramisù.
  14. Go on a spur-of-the-moment adventure – don’t stop to overthink!
    Once, on a sunny afternoon in Luxembourg, my boyfriend and I caught a bus, a train, and another bus to the Upper-Sûre Lake in the north of Luxembourg – we had a glorious swim in the lake there and a walk, before heading back home. Such a treasured memory.
  15. Challenge: spend a week sans make-up, natural beauty only
    I did this in January, and it was very nice to have more free time (it takes me about 10 minutes to do my make-up, and then a couple of minutes to take it off) and less “stuff” on my face. However, it was also very nice to start wearing it again. I don’t wear it every day, so this was not too much of a challenge, but it was cool to experience it for several days at a stretch.
  16. Send your mum surprise flowers, just because – show your parents you appreciate them without a special occasion ^^
    I did this! It was lovely to see their happy faces on Skype with the flowers I sent.
  17. Write a poem (limerick, ode to Dave, epic about your cat – your call!)
    I don’t think I’ve written any poetry this year, but I have written a few short pieces of prose, so I’m pleased about that.
  18. Dance in the kitchen
    Done, always.
  19. Do something for charity
    I sent a monetary donation for refugees arriving in Greece, and I took part in a production of The Vagina Monologues which was put up completely by volunteers, and all the money went to a women’s refuge in Luxembourg. I’m also a part of the Charity Subcommittee during my traineeship at the European Commission.
  20. Make a birthday card instead of buying one
    I actually didn’t manage to do this this year, but I have done it before.
  21. Fly a kite, relive childhood!
    I haven’t flown a kite in several years, and I love it! Really need to fish out an old one when I’m back in Malta and head to an open space.
  22. Make a mixtape for someone else
    I haven’t done this properly, but I do share specific songs with people I love very often.
  23. Challenge: unplug from social media for a week 
    I did this last year for about five days over Easter – we went on a trip to Sardegna and I completely unplugged myself from social media, email, and everything on the internet! It was not the most pleasant of times.
  24. Try a new hairstyle
    I don’t feel like I’ve done this properly, but I have experimented a tiny bit with some different hairstyles in the past. I still want to do something “drastic” someday, like a blunt fringe or a new hair colour.
  25. Order at a restaurant in Luxembourgish
    Restaurant servers are rarely Luxembourgish (or know Luxembourgish), so I haven’t really achieved this, BUT I have had “conversations” at the supermarket in Luxembourgish (i.e. hello, thank you, goodbye).
  26. Watch Amélie in French
    Done! I must admit, I could barely understand any of it, but at least I had watched it with English subtitles a few years ago, so I had a general idea of what was going on.

Thanks again to the lovely Hillary for the ideas. :) Some of the tasks on this list that I’d love to achieve before I’m 28 are: write a letter to an old friend, keep an elderly person company, run, cook more, write some poetry, and try a new hairstyle. Any other suggestions?

26 Tasks Before my 27th Birthday

26 things

One of my favourite long-time readers, Hillary, sent me a card for my 26th birthday this year (an absolutely fantastic Roald Dahl card!), and she included a giant list of 26 things she’s challenged me to complete by the time I turn 27. Sheesh. Well, I’m excited.

Let’s take a look at the list in detail:

  1. Plant or grow something
  2. Pay 26 strangers a compliment
  3. Wear something you made yourself
  4. Travel by boat
  5. Read Le Petit Prince in French
  6. Eat dessert before dinner
  7. Write a letter to a friend you haven’t spoken to in ages
  8. Keep an elderly person company
  9. Watch the movie God Help the Girl
  10. On your next trip, take a disposable camera then develop the photos
  11. Go out and spend all day walking, no public transport
  12. Run at least 5km
  13. Cook a 3-course meal of new recipes
  14. Go on a spur-of-the-moment adventure – don’t stop to overthink!
  15. Challenge: spend a week sans make-up, natural beauty only
  16. Send your mum surprise flowers, just because – show your parents you appreciate them without a special occasion ^^
  17. Write a poem (limerick, ode to Dave, epic about your cat – your call!)
  18. Dance in the kitchen
  19. Do something for charity
  20. Make a birthday card instead of buying one
  21. Fly a kite, relive childhood!
  22. Make a mixtape for someone else
  23. Challenge: unplug from social media for a week (though your blog doesn’t count – I’d miss it!)
  24. Try a new hairstyle
  25. Order at a restaurant in Luxembourgish
  26. Watch Amélie in French

What a list! I’ve already finished a few since turning 26 (4 and 18, par exemple), while some sound impossible (13, 23, 25), but I’m terribly exciting about completing as many as possible by the time March 2016 rolls around. Thanks so much for the awesome birthday “gift”, Hillary! I’m hoping to post a couple of update posts as the year goes on.