It’s my birthday! Yay! Hopefully as you read this I will be eating a large Belgian waffle in Brussels, exploring and enjoying the break.
Contrary to my last couple of birthdays, I’ve decided not to write a 32 for 32 this year. My 31 for 31 was fun, but not quite as fun as my 30 for 30 and I definitely don’t want to get caught in a loop of doing things just because I have to rather than because I want to.
Instead, I’ve decided to pick 12 things from my Life List that I want to try to achieve or meaningfully work towards this year. If I don’t complete them, that’s okay. I need to learn to give myself fluid deadlines. So, here’s my list for the forthcoming year:
Things to do as a 32 year old:
1.Taste 100 cocktails
I’m on 87 already, so this one should be fairly do-able!
2. Read all the ‘Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction’ winning and shortlisted books
I don’t think I’ll get all of these done this year (there are over 100 shortlisted books alone and I’ve read very few of them), but I’d like to make a sizeable dent in the list and hopefully discover some wonderful new female authors along the way.
3. Publish 10 issues of Telegramme [8/10]
I’ve published 8 issues of Télégramme so far and I’m thinking that 10 might be a good place to stop. It’s a big job every issue and while I love doing it there are so many other things that I’d like to learn/do/see. I might keep the blog up, I might not. I am undecided as of yet!
4. Learn how to poach an egg
I still can’t do this but it really cannot be that hard, lots of people do it all the time.
5. Develop a good meditation practice
I feel like this would be so good for me.
6. Learn a card trick
Because don’t you think it would be fun?
7. Learn how to reverse park
You are an adult, Sarah, this skill would be useful to you.
8. Buy a set of chefs knives
This is kind of a cheat one since I only need a bread knife to complete our set, heh.
9. Go down the big slide in Roath Park
10. See the sunset/sunrise in 15 countries with Q [2/15]
It’d be nice to tick off another couple of sunsets and sunrises, since that means we’ll have been able to travel somewhere new, and I like to travel. We’re in Brussels as you read this so maybe I’ll catch one there!
11. Visit every city in the UK
I like visiting people, I like little road trips and I like not having to get on a plane so this goal is perfect for me. Maybe Scotland this year, I’ve only been once before, when I was a teenager, and I really don’t remember much about it.
12. Complete the French course on Duolingo
I’m not sure I’ll finish this but I’d like to be a hell of a lot closer than I am now. Oui?
So there you have it. I’ve ticked eleven things off my Life List so far in 2015 so 12 in a year seems fairly doable but really, if I don’t complete them I think I’ll be okay.
I actually often forget that the joy of the goal is also in the journey towards it. This year I’m going to make an effort to keep that at the forefront.
Happy birthday, me.