50 things to do in my 51st year

I have a significant birthday on the horizon (half a century, not out and all that) –  and to follow the idea of a friend I have decided to make a list of 50 things to do in the year that follows. These things will include, maybe, activities I used to do, but have given up, plus new things I have never tried and new good  habits to establish.

I have three months to plan….

Has anyone else tried this?

What would you put on your list?

Author: Sarah

No time to lose. No, time to lose. Make time to stand and stare.... Did you see that?

31 thoughts on “50 things to do in my 51st year”

  1. 1. Take a singing lesson.
    2. Join a choir.
    3. Learn one song on the piano.
    4. Learn a martial art.
    5. Book 3 special train British train journeys, Spring, Summer and Autumn.
    6. Visit Lapland at Christmas.
    7. Keep a diary throughout the year.
    8. Hire a barge on the Norfolk broads.
    9. Decide you will make ten new friends this year.
    10. Write and publish an account of the year!

    PS I might be able to help with number 1.

  2. Create a menu of the perfect meal, including wine, and then either prepare it yourself or find a restaurant that will do it for you.

  3. Thank you papaguinea, as one who was asked to keep quiet at school for singing flat, I have absolutely no confidence in my singing voice at all!

    Hmmm, that’s an interesting one Sipu.

  4. I have to confess when we started tackling our list a few years ago, we made full use of easyJet and (whisper it) Ryanair special deals. This is not so easy to do when you’re still working, however.

  5. Hiya Pseu – Being already the wrong side of fify, I resolved when I retired last year to:-

    1) Improve my technical knowledge of Portuguese (Just returned from a two-hour grammar lesson).
    2) Learn more about the Peninsular Wars (a woeful gap in my knowledge which is improving).
    3) Visit the routes and sites of above mentioned campaign.
    4) Visit the Tras-os-Montes, where the food is said to be tasty, rustic and ‘interesting’.
    5) Go in a Tras-os-Montes B&B, ask for a room and be greeted with “Ah, you’re from the Alentejo”
    6) Learn more about gardening (working on this).
    7) Learn more about cooking (working on this too).
    8) Do more gardening.
    8) Do more cooking.
    10)Keep reading.

    OZ

  6. 50 things in one year sounds awfully exhausting, more like a work camp!
    Or hideously frenetic.
    Perhaps learning to do less and being satisfied with what you have? A lost art in this increasingly frantic world.
    Perhaps learning the art of introspection might not go amiss.

  7. OZ, my great grandfather was a young subaltern in the Peninsular Wars. He wrote letters back to his parents about his exploits there. They have been published somewhere.

  8. Lots of things can get crossed off in a week, Christina. I’ve learned to make jam and jelly in the last month, for example! I like to aim high.

  9. Sipu – You were right the first time. Wars on the Peninsula, but Peninsular Wars. It’s a stupid language, I admit. 🙂 Without being stalky or trolling or anything, I would genuinely be interested if you could provide a link to your ancestor’s reminiscences.

    OZ

  10. Knickerless girls shouldn’t climb trees, Pseu but they do ride bicycles 😉

    I’m with Tina on this, actually. Fifty things is way too many but neither would I like to think of you staring into your own navel until you go cross-eyed.

    I would pick five.

    Climb a mountain.

    Concentrate on things which make you happy and make them even better.

    Be a good friend.

    Take up something you never thought you’d manage.

    Give something back. Do some voluntary work.

  11. O Zangado :

    Sipu – You were right the first time. Wars on the Peninsula, but Peninsular Wars. It’s a stupid language, I admit. :-) Without being stalky or trolling or anything, I would genuinely be interested if you could provide a link to your ancestor’s reminiscences.

    OZ

    OZ, I have sent you an email with a link. Let me know if you get it ok. It did not show up in my sent box for some reason.

  12. I am against navel gazing and then spraying the contents over others, very much so.
    I am certainly not against meditation, indulge in it regularly, only thing that keeps me sane, on what I meditate is my own business.
    We are all far too engaged with others through the digital world, mobile phones, computers etc.
    Turn the bloody things off now and again and just ‘stand and stare’.
    Works wonder against the general idiocy of the world and the irritation quotient of most of its denizens.
    By the time you are 50 you have earned the right to walk away from some of it for a while.

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