Monday, 30 July 2012

101 Things To Do before I die

Staying at a cottage on holiday recently I picked up a paperback called 101 Things To Do Before You Die by Richard Horne. Clearly I am the wrong demographic. This book is for 17 year old lads. It has 99 totally self centred target activities and perhaps two altruistic ones. You know the kind of thing ...bungee jumping, get a tattoo, get arrested, master poker and win big in casino. Want to know about the exception? Save someone's life...
Not saying that a bit of adventure isn't called for...had always wanted to go up in a balloon and managed to do that this year...But how's this - the only entry under "nature" was to see a volcano erupting...
tamed rain forest

But what would be appropriate for a woman in the last ten years of working life? I started to think. I am not interested in the boys own things though I would keep saving someone's life of course. I haven't got even the tiniest adrenalin gene. My list would contain:

Take part in a river clean up
Donate blood 50 times...12 more to go...had so many interruptions
Stay in a yurt ...but there would have to be a mattress!
Stay in an ice hotel
Snorkel on a coral reef...
Explore a rain forest
Sign up 5 more people to give blood
Sign up 5 bone marrow donors means chatting
up under 40 year old men who are really in short supply....
Get involved in a woodland preservation project
Help create a community garden
Train to be a recycling volunteer
Inspire people to get on the internet and change their lives
Sing a solo and feel good about it
Find a new craft and really explore many things have
I picked up and discarded over the years
Acquire a regular drawing habit

Could I really come up with many more?? Go on tell me yours....


  1. Gosh, Susan, for someone who hasn't got an adrenalin gene some of your choices are fairly adventurous by my standards! I totally lack both ambition and a sense of adventure, which probably makes me a very boring person, but I am actually very content with my life and have no burning ambition to do anything else. Does that make me a very sad person? I really don't know!

    My husband, by the way, could probably come up with a list of a thousand things he wants to do. Really not sure why we're so happy together - opposites obviously do attract!

    1. But you are living the dream already aren't you!?
      Thanks for your comments!

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    1. Thankyou...and what are yours then?!

  3. Those are good! You've inspired me to think in a more altruistic manner. Previously I had stuff like, parachute out of an airplane, visit all fifty states, zipline through a rainforest in Costa Rica. Maybe I should help create a community garden.

  4. You have a talent for drawing me in and giving me the want to write more, when there are numerous boring chores I should be getting on with. However you have started me daydreaming...
    I want to dance in the Rio de Janerio carnival and be part of the New Orleans Mardi Gras
    I want to take a camper van trip across New Zealand
    I want to take a reindeer sleigh and a Husky run in Lapland
    I want everyone I contact to feel cared for and heard
    I want my dog to have a happy and interesting life
    I want to walk along a white beach into a crystal blue sea with no reserve
    I want to learn to ski and ice skate
    I want to learn how to forgive and FORGET
    I want to know what it feels like to be slim
    I want to be remembered
    I think we should call this a work in progress, something to strive for. For sure I had better get started before its too late!!

    1. Some great ambitions there. Wish I had thought about the mardi gras! Letting go - now there is a variation on yours that gives me a thought for another blog...thanks!