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I love New Year's Resolutions. I think it's super fun thinking up of different possible resolutions, but what's even better is looking back on December 31st to see that I completed my resolution. In fact, I made it a "Bucket List Goal" to complete my resolution five years in a row. So far, I'm 2/5. This year, my resolution is to do 21 things I've never done before. This includes, but is not limited to, trying new food, doing things I've been shying away from for years, stumbling into things I never thought I'd experience, etc. I chose to do 21 new things in particular because this year I'm 21 and I'd like to commemorate this special age somehow. So far, I've completed 12 of the 21 new experiences. I think I'm a little behind schedule, but that only means I will have to say yes to as many opportunities that are presented to me!

So far, this year I have:

  1. Dyed my hair. This was not a good experience for me AT ALL. Despite the fact that this was a TERRIBLE experience that I never want to go through again and, thus, will be more skeptical when thinking of dyeing my hair, I'm glad I did it. I had always wanted to dye my hair and even though it wasn't the change I wanted, it was a change that jolted me out of my routine.
  2. Gotten carded. I turned 21 in December, and because I don't drink and I don't really do anything that requires an ID, I hadn't been "carded." In January, I attended Ed Sheeran's concert at an 18+ venue in Austin. Because they did serve alcohol at this event, all those who were 21+ years of age were carded and given special bracelets. The show Ed Sheeran (and special guests: Floy Vance and Rizzle Kicks) gave was AMAZING. I had only been to one show before, a very short one, and this was honestly the best way to be re-introduced to the world of concerts.
  3. Eaten Taco Bell. That's right, I had never tried Taco Bell. I don't know why, but it just never appealed to me. Honestly, I still don't see the appeal; they're just regular ol' beef tacos. My roommate thinks otherwise and she felt it was due time that I tried the magic that is Taco Bell. I had a bite of one of her tacos and my life hasn't changed! I probably still wouldn't go get Taco Bell. I do have to admit that their salsas are kind of delicious though!
  4. (Willingly) eaten cheese. I hate cheese. I do not eat cheese. Ever. When eating pizza, I'll carefully and meticulously peel the cheese off and basically just eat a very large breadstick. The same day I tried Taco Bell, I tried cheese. On purpose. If you know me, you know this is a big deal. I just seriously abhor cheese. The cheese I tried was on the bite of taco I had and I honestly couldn't even taste it, so it was kind of anti-climactic.
  5. Drank coffee. I know; this is another shocker. As a college student, coffee should be my holy grail of beverages, but I had never tried it before. The smell of coffee wasn't a particular favorite of mine, and I figured that if I didn't like the smell, I wouldn't like the taste. I wasn't wrong. I had a sip and I was done. Clearly, I'm not a very adventurous eater, but at least I'm trying!
  6. Gone to the movies by myself. I went to watch The Silver Linings Playbook by myself and I can truly say it was an amazing experience. It just so happened that the theater was empty, so I was in there by myself and it was so freeing. I was able to laugh, yell, and react however I wanted without the fear of interrupting those around me. Ever since the first time I went by myself, I've done it more often and it's really a great way for me to get some "me time." I love it and definitely recommend that everyone try this at least once.
  7. Gotten pulled over. As I was driving down the street right on which I live, I reached a stop sign at the end of the road and I stopped, counted to three, turned left, and was promptly stopped by a police officer. The officer stopped me because I apparently stopped on the white line which translates to me "disregarding the stop sign." I got off with a warning, luckily.
  8. Drove across Texas by myself. My brother and I have shared the 12-hour drive between College Station and El Paso a few times, but I never had to drive by myself. Since my brother already graduated, I had to drive myself back to El Paso without anyone with me at all. The drive wasn't bad! I really thought I'd get lost and/or fall asleep on my way there, but it was a relaxing and safe drive.
  9. Attended a Mexico Men's National Team football (soccer) game. I grew up watching football with my dad and it's just a huge part of my culture and of who I am. The Mexican team is truly one of the most familiar things in my life. Because of this, it has always been a dream and goal of mine to watch the soccer team in person and not only on a screen. It finally happened this past summer! Although we lost, it was really one of the best experiences of my life.
  10. Attended a Texas A&M Aggie Football game. Even though I'm a senior in college, I still had not gone to a football game. My school is huge on tradition, so the fact that I hadn't attended was pretty shocking. I finally got to see what all the hype was about and I was not disappointed. It was so nice to be part of thousands upon thousands of students all engaging in the same traditions. Although it was not as exciting as the Mexico soccer game, it was still pretty awesome!
  11. Confessed my true uncensored feelings toward someone I like. I guess this is pretty self-explanatory. I've never flat out told someone "I like you," but I finally did it.
  12. Attended an advanced screening of a movie. The day before yesterday A&M showed a special screening of Don Jon which I was lucky enough to attend. The movie is definitely not family friendly, but it was directed really well. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a talented man!

I still have 9 more things to try. Is there anything you've experienced that you would recommend I try? I'm willing to try anything once! 

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Comment by Cynthia Amaya on September 19, 2013 at 10:20pm

Jasmine, I wish I had planned that! Actually, you have inspired me to start telling people it was all part of my evil master plan. It makes a better story than saying, "I stopped on the white line so I got pulled over." 

Comment by Jasmine Villa on September 19, 2013 at 10:09pm

This is a great list and I'm inspired to create my own at the end of the year! Eeek, for some reason,  I pictured you contemplating on how to get pulled over. 

"Ah, yes. This plan will work!"

Glad you got off with a warning! 




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