The Boy Wonder asked me yesterday what was the one thing I’d always wanted to do. In that moment I couldn’t think of anything at all, but it got me thinking.
I want to look back one day and think that I really lived my life. It’s important to me. No one wants to look back and see missed opportunities or paths not taken for fear of what might happen. One life, and it’s short so live it to the full.
I like the idea of a list, but I know for a fact that as soon as I publish it I’ll remember all the other stuff that I meant to include, so I reserve the right to add to it at any time.
I’m going to divide it up a bit, starting with:
Places to Visit
Cities – Rome, New York, Barcelona, Dublin, Edinburgh, Vienna, Prague, are all on this list, and there’s so many more…
Beautiful places – Galleries, lots of them, full of awe-inspiring art and photography. Mountains, wide-open spaces with more sky that the eye can take in at any one time, crazy, bustling markets full of smells and spice, language and life, historical towns and buildings crammed full of memories. That’ll do for starters.
New things to try:
Golf – I think I might be quite good at golf. I base this opinion on absolutely nothing other than the fact that I used to play hockey and was pretty mediocre at that.
Crocheting – Having recently taking up knitting (and when I say ‘taken up’ I mean I’ve knitted a few scarves for the kids and we’re going to knit a blanket) I’ve decided I’d quite like to try crocheting.
Things to give up:
Biting my cuticles – terrible habit. Must also start using handcream regularly. I have the hands of a witch.
Substituting meals with chocolate – never as satisfying as you think it’s going to be.
Old things to renew
Writing – I love writing and I’ve spent a year doing very little, other than that which I’m paid for. Maybe it’s time to dust off the ideas for some stories and see where it takes me.
Skiing – I’m 30 minutes away from 365 snow (I’m talking MK, not Whistler but it’s still snow) and it’s brilliant for the thighs.
Exercise in general – 2011 was haphazard. I seem to recall making some crazy assertion about having abs for my 40th….. I’ve got 8 months.
Being a good parent – My kids are bloody brilliant, feisty, opinionated, hard work and full of surprises. And I want to be the parent that they deserve.
And that’s it for now I think. Wonder how much of that I’ll be able to achieve in 2012. What about you?