50 before 50

50 before 50

Day Two of Finding Everyday Inspiration: Write a list…

I’ve always loved lists. When I was sixteen I made this list, in a journal I used to keep, of things-I-want-to-do-before-I-turn-thirty (I thought then my life would be over by thirty).

The journal was burnt in a fire and that list is no more – which is just as well, I’d done most of the stuff on it and so I need a new list anyway. An updated one – of things I want to do before I turn fifty. One that won’t catch fire.

And no, I don’t now think life ends at fifty, I just work better with a deadline. My fiftieth birthday is fifteen years away… only fifteen! I couldn’t hear the ticking of this clock when I was sixteen.

So here’s my list of fifty things I want to do before my fiftieth birthday:

  1. buy my own farm
  2. see the Northern Lights
  3. write a book
  4. fly over the Grand Canyon
  5. travel to Palestine
  6. commit to regular exercise
  7. walk on the Giant’s Causeway
  8. buy a jeep
  9. eat a chilli dog with fries in Chicago
  10. attend the Fringe festival
  11. learn yoga
  12. see Auschwitz
  13. grow my own vegetables and fruits
  14. watch Cats in london
  15. get a PhD
  16. knit a sweater
  17. learn to play the piano
  18. eat pizza in Italy
  19. fly in a hot-air balloon
  20. learn horse-riding
  21. go skiing
  22. learn sign language
  23. run a marathon
  24. travel to Greece
  25. read the dictionary front to back
  26. learn to make marshmallows
  27. watch Phantom of the Opera in London
  28. see Stonehenge
  29. learn to make wine
  30. fall in love again
  31. see the Colosseum
  32. go on a sailing trip
  33. meet Philip Pullman
  34. visit the Louvre
  35. learn carpentry
  36. stand under the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
  37. learn to surf
  38. publish a book
  39. listen to music in New Orleans
  40. watch Lion King on Broadway
  41. learn how to clean and cook fish
  42. see a lion in Africa
  43. read every Booker prize-winning novel
  44. learn Italian in Italy
  45. take a road trip around India
  46. learn quilting
  47. see the Pyramids
  48. learn to scuba dive
  49. see the Statue of David
  50. visit a castle in Scotland