If you didn't know how old you were, how old would you be?
Today I heard the original Band Aid “Do they know it’s Christmas?” song for the first time in 2014, and while it was a great excuse to wind down the windows and share my vocal talents with other A38 users, it also reminded me of a blog I read and shared about this time last year. The blog was called, “23 things to do instead of getting engaged before you’re 23”, written by a girl who “moves 3000 miles at a time” and “struggles to find excitement in a 9-5 job”...
A couple of suggestions on this list of 23 things like “join the peace corps” and “hangout naked in front a window”, I’m afraid I haven’t ticked off. I guess there’s still a few weeks left ‘till the New Year
“Get a tattoo”, a new ear piercing is as close as I got, if mum and dad still don’t know about it, they do now…!
“Eat a whole jar of Nutella”, mmm…I did make a Nutella cheesecake which used a whole 450g jar.
“Make strangers feel uncomfortable in a public place”, I think cracking out the foam roller in Luton airport departures lounge scored some looks of discomfort (from both parties).
While my selection of ideas from her list of 23 things may not appear particularly adventurous nor exciting, and to you the thought of getting hitched might appeal more than consuming a whole jar of Nutella or “dating two people at the same time and seeing how long it takes to blow up in your face”, the idea behind both the author and her posts was that each and every one of us are responsible for our own happiness, and I found comfort in her “wandering” situation.
I dug up my 2014 New Year resolutions to see how I’ve fared, amongst the more mundane were; give up Coca-Cola (my alcoholic substitute – this lasted until March where it got mixed with Vodka, it was downhill from there), swim a sub 5 minute 400m (ka chingggg – July) and pass my driving test (first time four faults – March). I also wanted my savings account to finish 2014 on a healthy four figure numeric of sorts, but ha ha ha…maybe next year. All in all, not bad, not bad!
I also wanted to go through 2014 without any tears (a funny one to write down, right?), which was going oh so well until I put myself on a volcanic island off the coast of Africa for ten weeks 3000 miles away from home, where seeing the positives became just marginally harder.
So, engaged, married with seven kids or “single as fuck”, under 23 or OAP, aspiring Olympian or sofa hugger, and everyone in-between - I challenge you to take on 2015 with open arms. Get clear about the life you want and run like hell almighty at it.
1. If you get angry, say bubbles. There's no angry way to say bubbles :)
2. Climb a mountain
3. By yourself a birthday cake on a random day and eat it all yourself
4. If your having a bad day, take a breath & remember its just a bad day, not a bad life.
5. Go on a road trip with your best friends
6. Hug a koala bear
7. Send a message in a bottle
8. Stand under a waterfall
9. Learn how to surf, waterski or sail - nautical survival!
10. Find your 'thing'
Remember kids; “life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting “holy shit…what a ride!”