In case it’s not apparent from the title I’m 50 this year!
I’m not one for parties but I do want to celebrate my half century. I’ve decided on a self indulgent year, doing more of those things I always meant to do, from outdoor activities to attending talks and shows.
It’s not a bucket list but a list of 50 things to do this year. Some exciting, some relaxing, some easy to achieve, others more challenging. But all things I want to do, rather than feel obliged to do.
I’ve split my list into categories and over the course of 2020 will do five of each of the following:
- Journeys. By rail, foot and bicycle. Maybe a long distance walk, definitely a cross country cycle ride.
- Things that scare me. Water scares me the most, but I’m aiming for enjoyable experiences so I won’t be windsurfing or scuba diving. Instead I’ll head high (abseiling) and low (caving). Just the right level of scariness.
- Sleeps away. Probably in a tent or holiday cottage. A wild camp would be perfect but it’s tricky to find the right place.
- Theatre trips. I have low brow theatrical tastes and am proud of it. Give me an uplifting musical any day over a harrowing play.
- Food experiences. Cookery classes, food tours and a once in a lifetime restaurant. All veggie of course.
- Lectures, talks or tours. I’m interested in travel tales, wildlife and outdoor adventures. If you can recommend any let me know.
- Active days out. I’m slowly getting through my UK bucket list. This is a great motivator to visit a few more places on the list; one will definitely be Up at the O2, as I have a Christmas present voucher to use.
- Cinema visits. This should be an easy thing to do at any time but I always manage to miss films in the cinema. Must make an effort to go this year.
- Read books people recommend to me. I read a lot but am stuck in a rut. If it wasn’t for my book group I’d end up only reading crime novels. Please recommend your favourite books to me!
- Outdoor/wildlife experiences. In case you don’t know I love the countryside. This year I hope to see purple emperor butterflies, a bittern and an otter somewhere local. And maybe even the sea eagle that has taken up residence in Oxfordshire! Probably the hardest of my challenges to achieve.
In hindsight, perhaps 2020 wasn’t the best year to attempt these challenges but it wasn’t all bad!
Read my blog post to find out how I got on with my 50 challenges.