Where it started

A list going round on Facebook, February 2016: "which of these items have you experienced" etc. Some yes, some no, some didn't interest me. However, it put some ideas into my head, and I figured it was time I followed some of my friends in committing them to (virtual) paper. And then trying some of them out. The first challenge was undertaken on 1 March 2016, and I have no intention of ever completing the list: the more I tick off, the more I'll add.

The life list

The Rector's Wife, well into her second half-century, decides that she wants to create a few interesting / exciting / unusual / challenging targets.

Oh, and by the way: having thought about it, I've decided I don't like the term 'bucket list'. It implies 'tick it off before you die'. I prefer 'life list': things to try, and possibly make part of your life - however much of it there is left. As the splendid Kath Temple puts it, "one wild and precious life".



I'm delighted to have got down to a healthy weight over the last couple of years, but want to continue to improve the fitness, so that's been part of the impetus - and there are quite a few items in the list that will help that aim. Beyond that, though, there are so many places and experiences, opportunities and ideas, large and small, that I'd like to try.

From all those extraordinary and brilliant ideas as suggested by my friends (see link above), I'm building a list. I'll update it as I go along, and link to posts where I make progress... items shown in bold are links to these reports.

Hyperlinks are to my postings on this blog, or to the organisations / locations I've been to / worked with; items in red have been achieved.

Physical challenges
  • Budgie hooping (aerial circus hooping)
    • Achieve some basic poses in the hoop
    • Get into the hoop without assistance
    • Perform a routine competently
  • GoApe Tree Top Adventure (https://goape.co.uk/)
    • Climb up rope ladder, use Tarzan rope, climb cargo net, use zip wire
    • Complete a full GoApe circuit
  • Scuba try dive
    • Do a try-dive and stay under water without panicking
    • Confident scuba dive in open water
  • Climbing indoors
    • Scale the beginner's wall and touch the top boulder
    • Scale an intermediate wall
  • Learn to ride a bike with confidence
    • Buy a second-hand bike
    • Go for a proper bicycle ride on real roads with traffic
    • Take a Bikeability (previously Cycling Proficiency) course
  • Open water swimming
    • Try open water swimming
    • Swim 1500 metres in open water
  • Sleeping out under canvas (not quite first time, but first in about 35 years!)
    • Spend the night sleeping in a tent
    • Get a good night's sleep in a tent!
  • Snorkelling
    • Learn the technique
    • Swim with seals
    • Take photographs underwater
  • Climb the 02 (www.upattheo2.co.uk)
  • Climbing outdoors
  • Juggle with 3 balls
  • Do 10 REAL press-ups
  • Go skinny-dipping
  • Yoga
  • Kayaking
Walking
  • Nordic walking
    • Learn the technique
    • Walk 2 miles using poles
    • Buy Nordic poles
    • Walk 5 miles using poles
  • Walk a marathon
    • Walk 12 miles
    • Walk 15 miles
    • Walk 20 miles
    • Walk a marathon
  • Walk Norfolk Coastal Path
  • Charity trek (e.g. Great Wall of China)
Places to visit
Travel-related
  • Fly in a helicopter
  • Small plane flight
  • Ride a horse
  • Ride a camel
Other
  • Write a published book/story/poetry
  • Secret Cinema (www.secretcinema.org)
  • Learn BSL
  • Pose for a life drawing class

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