They say that time fleeting, especially for the young. We are here today and gone tomorrow because you don’t know what could go wrong in a flash. I have lived for 2 decades now and I really don’t have anything to show for it. So, I have decided that I must make a list of my goals, wants and desires before I turn 21. A bucket list before I turn a year older. After all they say that people turn a year older but rarely do they turn wiser. Let’s start changing that.
I, Jehu Dagohoy, of sound mind, ample intelligence and full (figured?) body, hereby commit to things listed below. So, here are my Must-Dos Before I Turn 21:
1. Have, at least, $10,000.00 in my own savings account.
This is my number one priority, not to sound greedy or shallow (mukhang pera in Filipinio, which literally translates to money-faced) , but my future is very important, it’s too important not to save money for a rainy day. My future is not cheap, so I better start saving before it’s too late. I don’t wanna be 21 and be buried in tens and thousands of dollars in debt because I prioritized something impractical. My future is mine and I am taking charge of it. I am accountable for my own life and I cannot blame anyone else. I want my future to be one I would not be worried to face.
2. Go Back To School (College)
Yes, I did finish college in the Philippines, but Australia is a very different playing field. Opportunities are wider, the grass really is greener and the future is brighter. The future is as bright as I want it to be. I wanna go back to college, study something I really love (like writing, advertising and marketing), and finish my degree with honors (cum laude). I want to have something to show for my college life. I’ve been in the corporate world and the more you study, the more degrees and credentials you have under your belt, the more opportunities will open for you.
3. Learn How To Finally Drive
I’m not ashamed to admit it. I can’t drive even if my life depended on it. See, in the Philippines, I saw no need to learn how to drive. After all, I could just catch a bus, a train, a taxi, a tricycle or a jeep any time of the day (or night). Yes, if you wanna go out, say, at 3 am in the morning, you can catch a jeep or a taxi and be there in a matter of minutes (hours, really, because of all the traffic). But, nonetheless, the public transportation system in the Philippines may not be perfectly scheduled, mapped out, or even planned, but it’s pretty reliable. You don’t have to plan ahead because at any given time there will be a bus. Australia, totally different story, the bus follows something, called a schedule. The earliest trip is 6 am and the latest is 8 pm. You really can’t go anywhere outside of those times. The buses come every 30 mins to an hour. The commute is a headache. Driving is a necessity and not a luxury here.
4. Lose, at the very least, 75-85 pounds.
Yes, I’m finally committing. I want to live a healthier life so that I could live a long one. I don’t want to just drop and die of an unexpected heart attack. I don’t want to stroke out and be paralyzed from the waist down. No, I want to be healthy, emphasis on the health. I don’t just want to be thin or toned, I want to be healthy. I want to be able to say that I lost weight because you can, you are not a prisoner of your body, you own it, you take control.
5. Finally, I want to be able to go back home.
Home, being the Philippines. I want to be able to go back to the Philippines, in my own time, spending my own money. I want to see my old friends, go out with them. I want to see my high-school buddies, I want to hug them. I want them to feel how much I missed them. I wanna see home. I want to relish in the fact that I can go home anytime I want.