Sunday, 16 June 2019

Birthday Bucket Lists ... should you do one?


You've probably heard of these lists - 40 before 40, 50 before 50 etc. Lists of things for you to aim to achieve or do before or by the end of your milestone birthday year. I imagine this idea has come from the states but whatever, I for one think they are a great, fun idea. 
I'm turning (gulp) 50 next year and have been building my list for a while now. I want my list to be fun, challenging, mostly achievable but not make me resent it or cheat by just making up the numbers (such as "make lunch for work for a week" - I always do that!).
On my own, I got to 20 things on my list and then I hit a bit of a wall, mostly because most of my goals start with "go to...". and there is only so much annual leave I can get off work and more importantly, have the funds to go to all these places in less than 2 years. I started researching on the net to try and steal other people's ideas but couldn't really find many. I will be letting you see my list once I've finished it, maybe to give you some inspiration and because if I publish it.. I will have to give it a damn good go!

I did find this list of 50 things to do before your 50th (obviously you can deduct 10 or 20 if you're not as old as me) and as a bit of fun I thought you might like to see either how sheltered or not my life has been, and you can have a go at ticking off what you've done on the list.

There's also a 20 things you've regretted list I found, so I've put that at the end, purely for laughs yea, because frankly I don't have any regrets and nor should you. (And I'm looking at  you, Costa cinnamon roll of lushness..).

50 things to do before you're 50


  1. Buy a house - done. Nothing like getting home, shutting the door and world out.
  2. Have kids - done. 1 amazing daughter.
  3. Get married - done. Lets move on.
  4. Fall in love - I think so? Yea I'm pretty sure.
  5. Eat fish and chips on the pier - done.
  6. Donate blood - no. I would though. For the tea and biscuit as well.
  7. Read 100 books - only if I've been on a 100 holidays, so no!
  8. See your favourite musician/band live - no. 
  9. Learn a language - non, nada, nein.
  10. Attend a music festival - no. Want to.
  11. Own a dog - yes. More stressful than owning a child.
  12. Learn to say no to your mother - done.
  13. Stay out all night partying - yes, when I was 15. And we just talked so not really partying.
  14. See the Northern Lights - no.
  15. Visit Stonehenge - I drove past it. It's disappointingly small.
  16. Be able to remember which side of your car the petrol cap is on - "my side" "my side".
  17. Travel somewhere alone - done. Will do again.
  18. Sleep underneath the stars - in a tent? then yes. Without a tent, you must be mad.
  19. Watch a meteor shower - no.
  20. Dance in the rain - always.
  21. Become an expert at something - ha, no. 
  22. Quit a job - yes, on the 2nd day.
  23. See a volcano - yes, in Hawaii and Lanzarote.
  24. Visit all seven continents - which ones are they? So no.
  25. Throw a coin in the Trevi fountain - yes (fat lot of good that did!).
  26. Take a helicopter ride - yes.
  27. Have sex on a beach - I can't stand walking on sand, so no.
  28. Swim with dolphins - yes.
  29. Go skinny dipping - please, I'm British (so no).
  30. Ride a gondola in Venice - no.
  31. Make a snow angel - yes.
  32. Take part in a protest - internally, every day.
  33. Own your own business - yes.
  34. Go up in a hot air balloon - god no, scared of heights!
  35. Ride an elephant - no.
  36. Climb Snowdonia - no but driven past it, does that count?!
  37. Jump into a pool fully clothed - yes (forced in by my brother in law).
  38. Backpack across Europe - no.
  39. Perfect a signature dish - umm I mean I have 4 things I cook over and over??
  40. Drink beer at Oktoberfest - no, don't like beer.
  41. Run a marathon - ha, no that's my sister's gig.
  42. Get a tattoo - yes, got 2.
  43. Ride a Vespa - no.
  44. Watch comedy at Edinburgh Fringe - no, I don't like comedy.
  45. Write a novel - no but have thought about it.
  46. Write a journal - wrote diaries as a teen, they would have been hilarious to read now.
  47. Spend a month technology free - no.
  48. Try drugs - only the soft friendly kind.
  49. Have a threesome - please, I'm struggling to have a twosome!
  50. Go to an airport and pick a random flight - no, that is anxiety inducing shiz right there!

20 regrets (yes to regretting. No to not regretting)

  1. Not seeing enough of the world - no, I've been lucky with travel but there's still so much more to see..
  2. Smoking too much - no, I like a social ciggy. I think it makes me look cool.
  3. Losing touch with old friends - no, if you lose touch its run its course.
  4. Putting on too much weight - yes but it happens so quickly, I never stood a chance.
  5. Marrying the wrong person - yes. (I do regret that one but I got my daughter so..)
  6. Not starting my pension soon enough - no, I did but then I stopped for too long.
  7. Not learning a new language - it would be nice to learn spanish..
  8. Spending too much time worrying about what others thought of me - used to, then you get older and you don't give one, so no.
  9. Not learning an instrument - yes, the recorder, the clarinet.. awful instruments. 
  10. Not following a career direction I wanted - no.
  11. Living to work rather than working to live - no, never done this. 5pm switch off!
  12. Not looking after my health properly - no.
  13. Not being able to say 'no' - no!
  14. Not learning more about my family tree - no. I know who I want to know.
  15. Having children too old - no.
  16. Not having children - no.
  17. Not owning my own business - no.
  18. Not taking up more hobbies - haha, I am queen of hobbies and phases so no.
  19. Having children too young - no.
  20. Never living in the countryside - no, I have lived in the countryside and always wanted to. But it was far out, with no nearby emergency chocolate shops nearby.
Why don't you have a go at putting together a milestone birthday bucket list, but remember it's just for you and a fun thing to do.

xx

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