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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

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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.

AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 22-Jul-13 16:42:31

Thanks for all your comments! isthiscorrect has been selected as the winner of the pink Taittinger champagne and champagne flutes - congratulations! smile

zaphgb Sun 21-Jul-13 17:41:33

I wanted to work abroad. I managed to achieve this by working on cruise ships (minimum age was 21) for a couple of years. Sailed around the Med and across the Atlantic to sail around the different Caribbean islands, Mexico, Florida etc.

Solo Sun 21-Jul-13 10:57:13

I couldn't think how to put that MummyMastodon but yes, I was thinking that 'bucket list' was wrong too. Thanks for that!!

MummyMastodon Sun 21-Jul-13 10:03:04

This may have already been said, but it's a bit distasteful calling it a bucket list, that is a list of things you want to do before you 'kick the bucket'. I hope my DC will live past 21.

Anyway, 21 is waaay too early for a list, all you can really fit in before then is school, 6th form and a three year degree course, or maybe have a gap year at 18, but really all the travel and stuff can wait until after uni.

Anyway, all these lists ever make me want to do, is put 'swim without dolphins.' grin

Solo Sun 21-Jul-13 00:32:53

Hmmm...don't know about what I had on it back then, but if I could have a serious chat with 18 yo me, I would tell me to not get married, but to go live in Australia and not with exh either!!

mamamidwife Sat 20-Jul-13 21:11:38

Forget boys, forget skydiving, forget travelling the world.
I so wish that me and my best friend (of 27yrs) had gone away together for a few days and spent some good uninterrupted quality time together. Time that is so precious and sparse now that I wish I had made more of it when we were young and free!
She is my second self.

scottishmummy Sat 20-Jul-13 17:42:33

Phrase settle down chills me,it's like going to knackers yard or something
Go to uni
Make a career
Dont be dependent upon a partner
Always have an escape plan if it goes tits up

scottishmummy Sat 20-Jul-13 17:36:17

Phrase settle down chills me,it's like going to knackers yard or something
Go to uni
Make a career
One be dependent upon a partner
Always have an escape plan if it goes tits up

Whirliwig72 Sat 20-Jul-13 17:36:03

Take a singing course and see if you can do something with your dreams!

Mummy2MiaD Sat 20-Jul-13 16:55:13

I would advise DD
-don't settle down too soon
-enjoy being young
-make the most of every opportunity
-go to Uni, live in halls, enjoy the student lifestyle whilst also working hard at getting a degree
-have girly holidays

I'm 21 now and haven't done any of those things, I had DD at 21 and had to settle down fast. I'm hoping she learns from my mistakes

kasbah72 Fri 19-Jul-13 21:25:56

Is there anything you wish you'd done before turning 21?
I was lucky enough to be with the guy who I have now been with for 23 years. That means I probably missed out on a lot but gained a huge amount!!
I think worrying about what other people think and that you are not good enough are the things I would berate myself for now. Oh, and wearing hot clothes for the super-hot body I had but totally didn't realise!

If you could, what would you tell your younger self to do?
Grab life with as much energy and enthusiasm as you can. Wisdom comes with age, but so do stretch marks, sagging bellies and wrinkles. This is your time to do something amazing and just jump out in to that void and go for it. Who knows where you may land? Oh, and ditch those negative friends who love to put you down. You will ALWAYS be better than someone who likes to make people feel bad.

What would you advise your DC's to do before they are 21?
Travel, travel, travel, travel and get an education in all things academic but also all things independent. This is your time. This is the wealthiest you will ever be, even if it is on the lowest wage. You can go and experience life. Be responsible, have great manners, be nice to people and you can do whatever you like!

alice93 Fri 19-Jul-13 19:11:27

As my due date (07/01) is just a few days after my 21st birthday (01/01), there are loads of things I'm thinking I'd love to do and I haven't yet got round to do!

The main two are: Inter-railing and a music festival. These are a must - and believe it or not I have done neither! (I can't complain though, I have done a lot of exciting things - but these two are something I'd love to do).

Another cool thing of 'turning of age' is "Come Dine With Me". Me and my friends have enjoyed starting to 'play grown up' with our little dinner party meals. I would put that on a recommendation list for anyone!

And finally, buy a bottle of champagne and drink it all! That is something I have done ;) (before I was pregnant!)

northwest12 Fri 19-Jul-13 12:30:34

When i was turning 21, i wanted to be married, living happily in my home.
Which didnt happen!
If I could give advise to my younger self would be to enjoy life, slow down, take everything in, enjoy new experiences. Dont settle for the first man you meet, get a carrer behind you before you have children.


Little bit of craziness, keeps you young, happy and health, have a good laugh

AllThatGlistens Fri 19-Jul-13 09:40:26

Go to gigs, festivals.

Travel the world grin

AnneEyhtMeyer Fri 19-Jul-13 07:37:36

Live abroad
Remember that you have years ahead of you so have fun now

florencebabyjo Fri 19-Jul-13 04:36:30

Look in the mirror and realise how beautiful, vibrant and alive you are and how your life is so full of promise and potential .
At a time with no responsibilities you are at your most free ;)

rusmum Thu 18-Jul-13 22:25:56

See live bands,
Travel, see the world.
Go with the flow, tomorrow comes too soon grin

Maggietess Thu 18-Jul-13 19:35:51

I lived at home throughout uni (we were a mile down the road so it made no sense at all to move out) so I found my best "coming of age" experience was to go and work in the US for the summer. It doesn't have to be a specific place but I think a summer working (and travelling if you can squeeze it in) is a great way to grow up, particularly if you're living at home for college or uni (as more and more are these days given the fees!).

Letitsnow9 Thu 18-Jul-13 15:59:18

Help 21 people (like in the film pay it forward)
Travel to 21 different countries

al88 Thu 18-Jul-13 11:29:59

Be independent was the biggest thing.
Get a degree
Get a job
Live away from home

louise88uk Thu 18-Jul-13 10:36:06

Me & my best friend had always wanted to travel to America at 21 because it looked so fun on the movies. We then moved in together, fell out & unfortunately we haven't spoken since. I also wanted to get a diploma in nursing by 21 too but after achieving what I needed to be accepted in to uni they stopped doing the nursing diplomas. I met my daughters dad when I was 21 though and my life changed completely for the better. I can't imagine my life without her and I'm thankful my life changed at this age. I now have new plans & dreams which involve my daughter & I'll still be young enough to do them eventually grin)

MollyBerry Thu 18-Jul-13 01:56:45

I didn't have a goal as such. I've drifted through life so far so I guess when I was 21 I just hoped things would be ok as I normally do!

maximum4 Wed 17-Jul-13 23:31:51

I wanted to leave home, buy a car and support myself - which I did.

Is there anything you wish you'd done before turning 21?
I wish I'd gone to University.

If you could, what would you tell your younger self to do?
Work harder in school and 6th form college.

What would you advise your DC's to do before they are 21?
Take every opportunity offered, live life to the full, work hard in school and be happy x

ataraxia Wed 17-Jul-13 22:18:21

A did travel and go to gis when I was younger so my wish I'd done before 21 list is a little more low key - I wish I'd taken advantage of the opportunities at uni such as developing photos in a dark room and working on the student radio.

isitsnowingyet Wed 17-Jul-13 21:05:39

Go to Nepal.

Complete nurse training.

See the Rolling Stones live

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