Things You Should Do Before You Die
ORIGINALLY, I had called this article ‘Things to do before you’re 30’, but at second glance I thought I had better change that – let’s be honest, not all things can be accomplished before you’re 30! Besides I’m aware that there are Intrigue readers who are over 30 and you are never too old to try something new! Sure your life is only beginning at 30!
Live In A Different Country
At some stage in our lives, we’re going to get fed up of the shitty Irish weather (when don’t we get fed up of Irish weather?) and crave to get out of that little rut we are stuck in. Whether you decide to travel away for a year to Australia, three months to America or one month to the UK, travelling is a must-do. Why should I, you ask? Well, not only will you experience a whole new culture and way of living, it’s a chance to challenge yourself, kick out of your comfort zone and meet new people. Realistically, not much fun will come out of sitting on your ass at home all the time, you’ve got to get out there and see the world! Not that I have seen much of the world but I am currently living abroad in Wales (only for two weeks so far) but I have a feeling now it might be one of the best things I could have done!
Visit A Different Country/County
Or if you are a real homebird and absolutely cannot stand the idea of being away from Mammy for too long, you should visit somewhere you’ve never been to in Ireland or holiday in a country you have never visited. You have probably been to the majority of places in Ireland and find yourself disinterested in even the mention of visiting another country in Ireland, but keep ticking places off that list! There are loads of beautiful sights to see – Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, Killarney, The Giant’s Causeway, Salthill in Galway – and if we do manage to get some sun and are bored to death at home, some of these sights are worth a visit during the fine weather. And as for the rest of the world? There are loads of amazing sights to be seen – Great Wall of China, Berlin Wall, Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower to name just a few. So if anybody asks if you have been to a certain place, at least you can say you have once in your life!
Leave The Job You Hate
Obviously don’t leave your job when the economy is in the state that it is in now and you have no other job in line, because then you’ll just leave yourself broke! Work hard to leave the job you hate, search for your dream job. Let’s face it, there is no point being stuck in a job that you would rather eat a plate of spiders than get up out of bed and go into. I actually would never eat a plate of spiders, so that is a bad example on my behalf. We all have to work to earn a living whether we like it or not, but I’m a strong believer that we should be earning money for work we love to do and actually enjoy. I, for one, do not want to spend the rest of my life earning my money in misery and dreading every day I have to walk in the doors of my workplace – but I know I won’t avoid that unless I try as hard as I can to get the job I really want.
Let Go Of Your Past
It’s such a toughie to let go of your past. It can certainly haunt you, but it all comes down to one thing, your past is your past and what is done is done. Certain things may be hard to let go of, but you have to look ahead into the future rather than behind. We are all getting closer to dying as each day passes (harsh truth!) and we can never stop that, but we can stop going over what happened yesterday and concentrate on the great things that could happen today. Too much negative thoughts can run us down. People who are not worthy of a place in our future lives must be left in our past lives – besides, the only people worthy in our lives are the ones who have helped you through the hard times and are there to laugh with you after the hard times have passed. Yes, I can be quite a deep thinker at times!
Conquer A Fear
I’m not saying that if you are afraid of heights, you should go and jump off a cliff (do not try this at home!) or if you are afraid of sharks, you should go for a swim in one of the most shark invested beaches – please do not put yourself in any danger! It is the small moves towards overcoming your personal fears that count. If you are afraid of heights, why not climb to the top of a high castle or tower. If you have a fear of sharks, why not get up close to one in an aquarium or if you are afraid of public speaking, convince yourself that it is not that hard to do a presentation in front of people who probably won’t take any notice if you slip up! Conquering our fears can make us a stronger and confident person – if you can handle your biggest fear, well then you can handle anything. That being said, I will not be rolling around in spiders anytime soon, but I have conquered my other fear of heights by riding the Dragon Khan roller coaster in PortAventura…and I have the picture to prove it!
Meet A Celebrity
Whether it’s Kilkenny manager Brian Cody or actor Channing Tatum, we all want to meet somebody famous in our lifetime. Although Cody may be that bit easier to reach than Channing! Please don’t become a stalker and camp outside their house for a few weeks (although you may have a better chance of meeting them that way), but even if you don’t get to meet a big-name celebrity, just meeting anybody that is well-known is cool. Keep an eye open for any book signings, special appearances, VIP backstage tickets or even keep your eyes wide open while wandering the streets – you never know who may walk by. The closest person to a celebrity that I got to meet was Gary from Geordie Shore – I loved him at the time and went on and on about it for weeks! I’m not such a big fan of him these days, but I still find it pretty cool that he had his arm around me (and I am not one of those girls who has never washed her jacket since)!
Share Your Talent
Got a special talent that you have kept hidden for so long? Now is the time to get out there and show it off. If you have a passion for writing, start a blog and share your thoughts with others. If you can hold a note or two, let your singing voice shine. You could join a choir or even audition for the X Factor, you never know where you will end up! If you had a talent for singing, playing the guitar or camogie when you were a young ‘un and were actually quite good, why not pick that hurl up and give it another shot? You may start to enjoy it again, and wonder why you even gave up in the first place.
Those are just a few general examples of things you should do before our lifetime is up, but I’m sure many of you have your own personal goals in life, for example make somebody smile, ride in a hot air balloon, rock out at a festival, so why not make your own bucket list? And let us know when you have managed to cross off everything!
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