Advanced search

This topic is for paid for discussions. Please mail us at if you'd like to know more about how they work.

NOW CLOSED Tell Pink Lady® what would have been on your bucket list of things to do before you’re 21 – a bottle of pink Taittinger champagne and flutes worth £100 to be won

(192 Posts)
AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Jul-13 14:19:50

As part of their 21st birthday celebration, we've been asked by Pink Lady® apples to find out what was on (or is on if you're still that side of 21) your bucket list of 'Things to do by the time you're 21'.

They say "Pink Lady® apples first arrived in the UK 21 years ago and we are celebrating in true Pink Lady® style! We're running an on-pack promotion where you can win one of 21 prizes that are on our birthday wish-list, including a trip to the Big Apple, a week in Tuscany and a jaunt on the Orient Express. Between turning 21, the traditional 'coming of age', and a wish-list packed full of adventures, it got us wondering what people did, or thought they would have done, by the time they hit this major milestone."

So, did/do you have a bucket list of things to do before your 21st birthday? Maybe you wanted to see the world or go on holiday with your friends? Did you aspire to go to university or start climbing that career ladder? Maybe you were determined to do a skydive, or get the piercing you'd always wanted? Or perhaps it was as simple as falling in love? Did you achieve any of them? Any epic fails?

Is there anything you wish you'd done before turning 21? If you could, what would you tell your younger self to do? What would you advise your DC's to do before they are 21?

Whatever you did or wish you had done, Pink Lady® would love to hear about it.

Everyone who adds their comments on this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer can win a bottle of pink Taittinger champagne and two champagne flutes worth £100.

Please note your comments may be included on Pink Lady's social media channels (Facebook and Twitter), and possibly elsewhere, so please only post if you agree to this.

Thanks and good luck,


PS For a chance to win a prize from the Pink Lady® 21st birthday wish-list, pick up a specially marked pack in your local store from 1st July and enter the competition here.

ouryve Mon 08-Jul-13 16:45:47

I didn't have a particular bucket list, but I do now wish I'd gone to more gigs, while I was a student and it was all on my doorstep. Of course, surviving on a student grant and being flat broke all the time is what got in the way of that.

themonsteratemyspacebar Mon 08-Jul-13 16:48:56

Live on your own
Carry on education if you can
Get a job
Enjoy being you
Say yes to every opportunity
Dance and laugh as much as possible
Go on holiday with your friends

Steffanoid Mon 08-Jul-13 16:49:16

I wanted to experience 'real life' I did it by going to uni, lived in a rough city, made some amazing friends, I wish I had enjoyed it more while it was happening, I did meet my dp there though smile

reggiebean Mon 08-Jul-13 16:54:43

My biggest goal was to visit all 50 states in the US before age 21, and I made it to 49 (Hawaii is the only one I've missed, and arguably, that's one of the better ones to go to!).

DoItTooJulia Mon 08-Jul-13 17:01:13

I wanted to get married to my then boyfriend....we managed it but we were 21, not before we were 21 IYSWIM! On my 21 st birthday we went to Marrakech for a Mini holiday and in Le Jardin Marjorelle decided this was our year! We're still married 11 years later, and always celebrate with champagne! If I'd have had a bucket list, I'd have done pretty well!

AtYourCervix Mon 08-Jul-13 17:14:00

I had a list of mountains, lakes, rivers, deserts and waterfalls I was going to see. Wonders of the world and special places.

I had A Plan. Things And Places To See Before I Am 21.

DD1 had other ideas though and decided to arrive 10 years early.

My Plan is still hovering away in the background. Only now it is Things And Places To See before I Am 51.

ChippyMinton Mon 08-Jul-13 17:33:37

Drive through Paris in a sports car with the warm wind in my hair. And I did smile

NotShortImFunSized Mon 08-Jul-13 17:34:07

Travel, definitely travel!

I had my first at 20. I've never been out of the country. Unless you count a day trip to France when I was at school. I'm currently waiting until I have enough money to go somewhere. Dc 6 arrived 11weeks ago. This could be a long wait wink

gazzalw Mon 08-Jul-13 17:36:10

Do everything (legal) you get the opportunity to do - life is too short to put off until tomorrow what you could be enjoying today;

Live on your own;

Do something every week that challenges you - don't get stuck in a rut;

Learn to touch type - a sadly under appreciated skill which will carry you forth thro' life without too many typos!

Make the most of your opportunities for education....

Don't be hindered by other people's expectations of who you should be and what you should do.

Go to a ball and walk home bare footed.....(includes staying up all night)

Visiting the capital cities of Europe (or at least Paris, Rome, Madrid, Brussels and Berlin)

Mckayz Mon 08-Jul-13 17:46:07

I would have gone to more gigs, gone to uni, gone to a festival, travelled around.

DS1 arrived 1 month before my 21st. I don't regret him in the slightest but wished I had done more before he arrived.

Trills Mon 08-Jul-13 17:47:03

Remember that we only count years in 10s because of how many fingers we have smile

And learn how to open a bottle of champagne without being a wuss about it.

ClaimedByMe Mon 08-Jul-13 17:47:49

I didn't have a bucket list, I was just coasting along working in a shop, had met my, still, partner we were having fun nothing extravagant just loving life. We had a big party for my partners 21st and I am a year younger and wanted the same, that didn't happen I spent my 21st birthday on the maternity ward getting induced and had my daughter the next morning, not quite the 'knees up' I had hoped for!

I wish I had travelled more and possibly finished my education or went into further education so I have a career, I have loved being a stay at home mum but wish I now had something for me.

whattodoo Mon 08-Jul-13 17:51:26

I was going to join the navy and see the world.

But love came first and the navy never happened. Nor have I travelled much. I'd better get on with it!

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Mon 08-Jul-13 17:56:05

I didn't have one but I imagine I was thinking along the lines of -
See The Jesus and Marychain live
Get a poem published
Take up am dram
Visit Maine

YoungBritishPissArtist Mon 08-Jul-13 17:58:00

I wanted to leave home and get a tattoo. I achieved both. grin

Is there anything you wish you'd done before turning 21?
I wish I'd been more spontaneous and had more adventures.

If you could, what would you tell your younger self to do?
Don't care so much about what other people think.

What would you advise your DC's to do before they are 21?
No DC, but my general advice would be to know how to look after yourself, cook a meal, wash your own clothes, manage money, etc.

CMOTDibbler Mon 08-Jul-13 18:08:51

I think the only important thing to do before you are 21 is to decide who you are. Not who your parents/family/friends/school think you are, but who you are, and what you want to do with your life. And generally, that means leaving home, finding somewhere to live and a way of bringing money in to fund the lifestyle you choose, and making your own mistakes.

coribells Mon 08-Jul-13 18:15:43

Get a job
Learn to drive
Have sex
travel somewhere on your own
Dance to till dawn
Learn to cook some basic meals
Learn budgeting skills
Do not drop out of education unless amazing job is offered

All the above are harder to achieve if hi haven't done them before your 21smile

nancerama Mon 08-Jul-13 18:35:45

A holiday to Disney in Florida was on my bucket list when I was 21.

As a small child, my grandparents holidayed there every year and sent me photos and postcards showing what a fabulous time they were having. It never occurred to them that I really, really wanted to go. hmm

I've still never been, but I'm determined to take DS there (and have banned the GPs from going without him).

Cherryoats Mon 08-Jul-13 18:54:08

I only had the ambition to leave home and go to uni. I did that but I did a useless degree. What I wish I had done, told myself and would tell my dcis to do a useful degree, have fun and travel

dahville Mon 08-Jul-13 19:04:22

Going on vacation by myself, getting a piercing, and living on my own were all milestones before I turned 21.

Ramblings Mon 08-Jul-13 19:04:30

I didn't have a bucket list at 21 but if I had have done I wanted to go to Vegas (I made it for my 30th). If I were to go back then I would tell myself to go to uni, make the most of my figure and do something amazing, like climb Everest or something equally tough whilst I was young enough and fit enough to do them!

In general I think that before you are 21 you should know yourself, have travelled a little bit and studied a lot. It's important to have an idea about the world and where you want to fit into it

HongkongDreamer Mon 08-Jul-13 19:09:37

Ive still to turn 21, 19 just now but would love to visit new york before I turn 21. Doesnt look likely though unless I win a competition or the lottery lol as im a student nurse.

EstelleGetty Mon 08-Jul-13 19:24:26

Learn to relax a bit more!
Do not take up smoking.
Spend more time with grandparents.
Get a flippin' Young Person's Railcard and use it!

Other than that, I would say travel more but then I did travel a lot as a young 'un and my life is so much richer for it.

FattyMcChubster Mon 08-Jul-13 19:27:52

Become famous
Become rich
Have a high powered job

Oh how times and ideas have changed!

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: