OK, fairly scary, this. My first ever blog post. Why am I doing this?
Well, at the end of 2012 I'm going to turn 50. I know it's only a number etc etc but I'm JUST NOT READY. I've decided that if the Queen can have a whole year of hoopla, so can I, so stuff the Jubilee and welcome to my Golden Year of Celebration. Broadly, I would like to do 50 things this year that I've always wanted to do but never (or rarely) have. I don't have unlimited cash or holidays so they don't have to be big, just things to enjoy.
One tiny problem - I'm a lazy, feckless slattern who finds it easier to lie on the sofa than to get off my arse and do stuff. It's easy to sit here at a time of New Year Resolutions and confidently commit to a load of stuff that in practice never happens. SO, I reckon that telling everyone and putting it in writing will mean that the pressure will be maintained - the combination of laziness AND living alone means that there's often limited motivation going on.
I would love see as many friends as possible through the year and do some of the things with them - again, making the effort to meet up has often been beyond me.
So that's it, really - it's all me, me, me but this year I don't care - come December I don't want to be saying (yet again) that I wish I'd done this, that or the other. (Especially the other.)
Some ideas so far:
Walk some of Shakespeare's Way
See an unspecified number of birds I've not seen before
Walk from Padstow to Fowey
Drive a steam engine
Go in a biplane
Do an abseil
Let the Mid-life Crisis begin!