Looking forward to 50

I can see the friends and family who know me well, reading that title and going “Eh? What?”  as although I probably look a lot older, I will only actually be 43 in July.

So why am I looking forward to being 50?

It isn’t so much as the being 50, but achieving certain things before I reach 50.

A “Fifty things to do before I reach Fifty” kind of post.

Now, for you long term readers you will know that I only really hit my stride in both confidence and happiness in my own self at around the age of 39-40. For many years I hated my size, looks and suffered badly with depression.

Whilst my depression is an ongoing battle for which I take medication, I am looking ahead at getting myself off the tablets and managing my own health and well being.

So the purpose of this post? It is to list some of the things that I want to achieve before I hit the Big 5-0. Some of them may take several years to happen and this is why I am writing about my list now.

I actually started compiling this list on my Birthday in July last year, so I have managed to complete a couple, or am part way into a challenge.

They aren’t written in any kind of order, just a random numbering and my aim is to complete them all in the next seven years. I will hopefully be doing updates as I go along, ticking off the things I have achieved and if there are things that are totally impossible (for health or safety reasons) then I will have a re-think and substitute them.

So, here goes!

  1. Visit the Opera
  2. Go on a Girl’s Holiday
  3. Visit Sketch for Afternoon Tea
  4. Take a cocktail making class
  5. Abseil down a building
  6. Write a book
  7.  Take a ride in a vintage car – planned
  8. Learn German
  9. Publish an article in a Magazine        
  10. Ride the Arcelormittal Orbit slide at the Olympic Park – Planned
  11. Read ONE non-chicklit book a month
  12. Go on the Eurostar
  13. Get my lily tattoo covered up                    
  14. Enter Miss Twinwood
  15. Host a Macmillan Coffee morning
  16. Swim in an outdoor Lido in London
  17. Model for a Vintage company
  18. Blog from Disneyland Paris
  19. Hit 10K views a month on my blog
  20. Stop needing anti-depressants
  21. Go to an Alice in Wonderland party
  22. Go for a ride on a steam train
  23. Visit 10 foreign Countries in 8 years (So Far St Lucia, Hungary, Czech Republic, France, Poland, Slovenia)
  24. Go to a concert at The Royal Albert Hall
  25. “Run” a 5K for charity
  26. Ride a segway
  27. Go to Ladies Day at Ascot
  28. Read Les Miserables
  29. Go to Oktoberfest
  30. Take up a night class
  31. Drink a cocktail at The Shard
  32. Cycle along the canals in Amsterdam
  33. Spend a day collecting money for The Poppy Appeal
  34. Go for a skiing lesson
  35. Go to a stand-up comedy show
  36. Be a passenger on a motorbike ride – Planned
  37. Swim one mile in one go
  38. Go for a girl’s spa day – Planned
  39. Play the piano in Public
  40. Go to a private members club for drinks
  41. Learn to make macarons
  42. Go up the Eiffel Tower
  43. Visit a burlesque/cabaret performance
  44. Hold a snake
  45. Ride a Zipwire
  46. Take a scuba diving lesson – Planned
  47. Spend some money at a casino
  48. Attend an outdoors theatre performance
  49. Take a picnic on a punt down the river in Cambridge or Oxford – planned
  50. Hold a 50th Birthday party

Now based on the fact that I am petrified of heights AND snakes, a couple of these will be really challenging. I don’t intend to back down from them unless there are reasons beyond my control and I am unable to do them. (for example if I am too heavy for an abseil harness)

Of course if I see something fabulous, or find a new desire to visit somewhere/something I may well swap some of these out for more exciting challenges.

Or I could always wait and do 60 before I am 60…..

Are there any things on here you love? Or are there things you think I should do instead? Let me know and I will consider them!

Till next time,


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