My Stereotypical Summer Bucket List!

I have never EVER made a so-called Bucket List because I always think that I’ll never do the things I set out to do. You know when you tell yourself to do something and then you never do it because you put too much pressure on yourself? I’m scared I’ll do that, and then that I’ll get disappointed.

In typical Elm rebel never-plays-by-any-rules fashion, I’m doing it because I want to. I have a HUGELY long summer – from now until September – so I’ll set myself some tentitive goals. Which I might or might not complete – but who cares? I’m entering into the spirit of wanting to do things.

My Bucket List

Post on this blog at least 5 times a week, hopefully more
I’ve been so lax in posting recently. My blog is so special and important to me, and I NEED to prioritise it and get back into the blogging swing of things. Plus, it’ll give me something to do when I’m bored! Obviously, I won’t be able to post much if at all when I’m in Thailand and Italy, but expect LOADS of posts before then.

Work on the writing blog with Tara
We had to take a short break because exams, but once Tara’s are over, we’ll be able to write freely. I need to write the chapter for our story, plus some short pieces. As well as that, writing will make me so much happier and will help me to feel more creative. I have plans for the blog which are so exciting!

Meet an internet friend
Unless something goes horribly wrong, I know this is going to happen this summer. I won’t say who, but it is a blogger who’s bloody awesome. Over the last year, I’ve got so much more confident, and the thought of meeting someone from the internet doesn’t scare me much. There will always be some nervousness, but it’s bridging the gap between real life and the internet, and I want to do that. The lines between it are blurred, and I want to show people I’m as real on the internet as I would be standing in front of you.

Go to at least one party
Before you start sobbing with laughter, I KNOW this is a ridiculous thing to say. Or is it? I want to experience things; that’s the main thing I’ll be doing this summer. Going to a party is not my kind of thing to do, but I want to show myself I’m not a total whimp. Like YEAH, I can be around people drinking and not get terrified! Woohoo! But seriously, I do just want to go out and do things.

Go on a long walk at least once a week
Putting it bluntly, I need exercise. If I don’t have exercise, I will disappear and get really ill which I don’t want. Also, I love to go on walks, especially with my dad in the park because it’s so peaceful and we can talk about pretty much everything.

Actually talk to my blogging friends
OHHH this is a big one. I need to skype people more, message people more, and just generally be friendly. Exams sucked all the life out of me, but now I’m finished, I think it’s high time that I get as involved in the blogosphere as I was before. Talking to people mainly, and staying up for blogger chats – you know?

Act like a teenager in Italy
Last year in France, and the year before that, I had the most amazing time with my friend Robin, and all the other friends we made. In Italy, we won’t have a teen club like the last year, but I want to go out of my way to make friends and have a great time. Robin will help me, and join in, because we’re like that. I’m really looking forward to it.

Spend as many days as I can laughing with friends
Whether it be on the phone, over text, or out in town or anywhere – I just want to. I want the freedom for my sides to be in pain because I’m crying with laughter. It’s such a great feeling, just to let everything go for a bit, and I really really want to grab that feeling for as long as possible.

Spontaneously hang out with someone
I always plan things. This summer, I want to be more free to realise that I CAN just do things whenever. By spontaneously hang out with someone, I mean text a friend and ask them if they just want to go somewhere, and GO then. Why not? I need to expand what I’m comfortable with, and I don’t want to be nervous. Now’s the time for me to conquer my fear of going to places I don’t know.

Learn to cook something
The level of independence I have is laughable. Because of it, I get scared when I think about cooking stuff. The blind thing doesn’t help, because how am I supposed to know when things are ready? That’s why I have to learn to cook, at least learn how to cook pasta or something, so that I have the confidence to do other things. Practice makes perfect, to quote a clichΓ© phrase.

To be honest, I just want to be happy, and to make others happy. The goals I’ve half-set for myself should help with that, plus everyone that’s supporting me. I’m going to make this summer great, and I hope I’ll be able to make someone’s day in the process.

Sorry for the insanely long post. I just want to get my thoughts out – AHHH I’ve never made a bucket list before this is weird!

What’re your plans for the summer?

From Elm πŸ™‚

81 thoughts on “My Stereotypical Summer Bucket List!

    • Yahh I just helped to cook dinner πŸ™‚ And yay for internet friends! πŸ™‚ I live in England and there are loads of us here!

  1. You may have inspired me to make my own bucket list! But then again I’m already zip lining this Summer, so that may be crazy enough to be the only thing on the list…

      • Lol thanks! I survived it last year, so hopefully I can survive it again. It’s at a Summer program for the visually impaired, and we do all kinds of crazy things!

      • OH I’ve been to so many of those! A week away in the summer and then some family weekends. Do you live in the US? Not sure how it works over there but in the UK we have like 14-17 VI people all in a group doing abseiling and climbing (I abseiled off a bridge last year it was terrifying)

      • Yeah I’m in the US. There’s about 12 to 15 of us who stay in cabins on a university campus and we get to zip line and climb rope cources, and I think this year we’re flying drones and doing some kind of science experiment. It’s super fun, but seriously terrifying too!

      • Yeah I’m super excited! Not exactly sure how blind people flying drones is going to work, but I’m up for trying!

  2. You’re going to Thailand AND Italy?! Gosh, that’s so great. I mean I’m brimming with envy but that’s fantastic for you.
    Would you rather learn to cook in general or just perfect one recipe?
    We don’t really have summer over here (it’s either hot, dry and dusty or really rainy) and schools have different ideas concerning summer vacation. So my ‘summer’ is sometime in December and it ends February. Probably going to stay in all day and use my laptop and phone. So yeah, same thing I do in school.
    All the best on your list.

    • Ohh thank you! And yeah, that summer sounds mental; whereabouts do you live?
      Ahhh but going on a laptop is fun! πŸ˜€
      Going to Thailand and Italy is going to be amazinggg hehee – but I bet you live somewhere interesting.

      • Nigeria. It’s this country in western Africa. It is interesting because we have lots of culture and nature and stuff but, at the same time, a change of scenery is very much needed. Last time I travelled was about 3 years ago.

  3. This is like exactly what I’ll be trying to do this summer too (except the meeting and Internet friend thing cause I live in DAMN HOLLAND 😭), and I’m so sure you’ll enjoy your summer Elm!! 17 and no school = freedom = yaay!!

  4. good luck with completing all that – it’ll be an amazing summer if you do. and jeez i’m jealous Thailand AND Italy ;_; but it’s okay cuz you’ll be posting more often which will make me happy

    • Yay for being happy! πŸ™‚ And yeah, I’m going to try and complete as much as I can. REALLY looking forward to Italy, and getting back into the swing ofposting.

  5. Ooh I hope you live up to all your goals! Can’t wait for your posts!!!
    My summers done already and school started like a month ago. Don’t ask, Indian seasons are weird. Anyway hope you enjoy your summer!!!!

  6. Guess who’s going to keep you accountable nowwwww? πŸ˜‰

    And omg, I love your liiiiist! Especially the ‘meet internet friend’ I reaaaally wanna meet my internet bestie. I’ve known her for 4 years and still haven’t hugged her! uuugh haha

  7. GOOD LUCK!! I can only wish that I would be able to complete all that, being the lazy person I am, but you will definitely be able to do that. Also Italy and Thailand?! That’s so cool – I’m looking forward to those posts xoxo

    • Ooh yay I’m glad! Let’s hope I CAN complqe it, rather than ducking out of some goals at the last minute. But if you set your mind to it, you could do all of those things!

  8. What an awesome bucket list you have there Elm! Thailand <3.<3 Please pack me into your suitcase and take me with you! pweaze?
    On a different note, Yay England internet people! Haha πŸ™‚ I'm from Spain but will be studying in London next year and am so excited! ^.^

  9. This is probably the best idea in the whole world… All of school term I’ll be willing the days away for holidays but when they come… I want school again because all day-everyday I am just lying around trying to entertain myself… School just fills in the void of having too much spare time… Like, What do people do when they are on a gap year!?

    This is a good work-around to that, because you have goals you want to complete… I think I might make one! Thanks for the idea I guess haha… And good luck meeting your internet friends… I have similar plans but I am so freaking nervous! Hope it all turns out well!

    • Wooo thank you! πŸ™‚ I think anyone can meet an internet friend if they’re willing to know that they might act differently in real life, because that’s how I’ll be. But seriously yeah, I just need something to get rid of the boredom.

  10. Omg ! your getting excited with your excitement 😊 I’d love to meet you cause you are such a lovely person to know πŸ˜€

  11. Dude you have inspired me to mae my own bucket list! A lot of these things are similar to what I have in mind! I hope you do get through the list

  12. for the cooking thing, i have a recipe that might be really good for you as a beginner. it’s oven baked fried chicken, it’s amazingly delicious, and it’s like the easiest thing ever. the longest part of it is defrosting the chicken and the rest only takes like 30 minutes.

  13. Good luck! I hope you have a great time in Italy and Thailand!! I wish I could meet my internet friend, but sadly she lives all the way over in Pennsylvania in America, so I’m not sure if that’s ever gonna happen 😦 as for talking to more people, I’d love to get to know you better!

  14. This bucket list is pretty cool! And oh my god Thailand and Italy?! That looks like LOADS of fun, enjoyy xx Also, go to a party cuz I know you’ll slay tell us how it goes πŸ™‚ ❀

  15. Great list. I think people are often put off bucket lists because they can sometimes be a bit intimidating. Full of wild dreams that are a far reach from ordinary life. And whilst I believe that everyone should have an ‘ultimate’ bucket list. We also must remember to enjoy each day and really make the most of the present. This is why my family and I create a bucket list for each season so we can really enjoy ‘now’ they might only be small things, but they are things that we wish to achieve before the season ends. It really helps us enjoy each day! Check out my blog to see our summer bucket list!

    • That’s such a fantastic way of doing things! I’ll be sure to do that, and thanks so much for the comment. I think it’s a great thing to just enjoy the present, because too often people get worried about the past or the future

  16. Fab post! I’ve started making a general bucket list for the next few years! I’m also trying to be more spontaneous too and hang out with friends without overthinking it. I hope you have a lovely time in Italy! It is absolutely beautiful there, I loved it when I went there last year. What part of Italy are you going to? I want to go walking more and cook new things too. I’ve seen great posts and books with recipes for yummy cakes and dishes that I’d love to try make. I went for a walk with my friend recently down by a nearby canal and it was so peaceful! We hadn’t been there before and it was nice to do some exploring!!

    • Awww, that’s really cute!!! I love those kinds of days. And well, this summer one was for last year πŸ˜€ I went to a part a little more than an hour from Venice and it was so SO lovely!! xx

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