The List

So, four years to go until I hit the Big Four Oh.  I started thinking about things I want to do in my life and things which would be a good experience.  I wanted to find forty things to do before I’m forty – some exotic, some everyday, some to benefit others, some purely for my own enjoyment, some cultural, some challenging, some that I had been meaning to get around to for ages.  They had to be things I wanted to do and that I could realistically achieve in the four years, taking into account financial and time constraints.  They had to be things that were in my control.  So, the list is:

  1. 48 Recipe Challenge – cook one new recipe every month between now and my 40th
  2. Attend a Japanese tea ceremony
  3. Go to the Great British Beer Festival
  4. Attend the Hay Festival of Literature
  5. Create my own perfume
  6. Cruise the Norwegian Fjords
  7. Do the SPICE rack – complete one event with every SPICE group in the UK in one year
  8. Drink tequila in Mexico
  9. Drive a tank
  10. Eat at a top Michelin starred restaurant
  11. Go for Chinese in Soho
  12. Fly in a glider
  13. Go Zorbing
  14. Have a Brazilian wax
  15. Get my colours done
  16. Have tea at the Ritz
  17. Help out a stranger with a random act of kindness
  18. Host a murder mystery dinner party
  19. Make and wear an item of clothing (not fancy dress)
  20. Plant a tree
  21. Prepare photo albums of my round the world trip
  22. Put a bet on in a betting shop
  23. Raise £1000 for charity
  24. Read all of the BBC Top 100 books
  25. Ride on a motorbike
  26. Sing solo at Karaoke
  27. Ski a black run
  28. Enjoy a day at the Races
  29. Spend a day spoiling my Mum
  30. Swim in a hot pool in Iceland
  31. Take a professional make up lesson
  32. Go on a tour of Winchester College
  33. Take an evening class or attend an adult education workshop
  34. Try croquet
  35. Visit all the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in England
  36. Visit Auschwitz
  37. Go to the Coliseum in Rome
  38. Walk the Clarendon Way
  39. Attend a professional cricket match
  40. Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace

I think I should have fun trying to complete all of these!


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2 responses to “The List”

  1. Val Langthorne says :

    we have never met but I am sure you will do all of these and have fun on the way 😉 and I am convinced you need to add to the list *write another book* Good Luck I will be following your blog


  2. Sheila Chapman says :

    I wish you luck, happiness and of course fun doing this. I have done 10 of these, and have two still on my list. Driving the tank was great fun! All best wishes, and well done on the Karaoke! I’ll keep watching this space.

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