Being 21 saw me accomplish dreams, discover new places, meet new and amazing people, find new hobbies and interests and learn new things about myself. It was one massive roller coaster (such a cliche I know!) but with such a happy and achieved year behind me I found myself fearful of losing this sense of adventure, learning and craziness and the only thing I wanted now was for my 22(th) year (I know that isn't a word but you get me... right?) to be just as, if not more, amazing, exciting and enriching as the last year.
So I had this little idea, initially it was meant to stem from a new years 'esque' resolution method but with the timing of things it just fitted well with my birthday. The idea I had was to fill a small jar with 12 pieces of paper, each one filled with a wish/hope for the year ahead, one for every month and a year from now (my 23rd birthday) I would open this jar and see how many of these wishes and dreams came true. And weirdly as I write this, I realise this is so similar to Hayley and Lucas from One Tree Hill and their little box of hopes for the year. (Perhaps this was subconsciously influenced by that? I have been watching A LOT of One Tree Hill lately!)
I'm not going to share my wishes/hopes, nor am I going to note them down for me to read throughout the year, I am just going to simply write my 12 wishes fold them up and place them in a jar not to be opened until 12 months from now. But what I will do, is keep the jar on my desk, where I spend most of my time, as a reminder that I hope to change and grow and accomplish more and exciting things this year and to not waste it!
I think this will just be a nice something to read a year from now and see how much we have grown, changed and accomplished the past year. I think it is all something we can do, even if it is just for fun and it can be as serious or as silly as you want it to be. I think we all need a little nostalgia and reflection every so often in our lives as well as little things to keep us motivated to pursue and achieve goals.
Just that Jersey Girl