Goodbye list, hello life

Published March 24, 2019

I’m retiring my Life List for a few reasons but mostly because it’s been around for ten years and I’ve not achieved very much of it.

The reasons behind having a list are still good, I do think it’s useful to have a bit of inspiration for achievable goals, if you need it. But I’ve found, probably since I started the list, that it’s not inspiration I’m lacking, it’s time. No list can help with that. I’m still planning to do some of the things that were on there, but don’t really need that page judging me for not having done anything in a while.

So bye bye list, I’m going to start living instead of listing it. I’m posting the list as it exists now for posterity.

Travel and culture

  • [Complete] See a comedian live
  • [Complete] Attend the BBC Good Food show
  • [Complete] Watch a professional ballet performance
  • [In progress] Complete a UK Alphabet Adventure
  • [In progress] Visit 50 different museums
  • Attend the Edinburgh Festival
  • Go to a literary festival
  • See a real life submarine
  • Look for Nessie in Loch Ness
  • See a real life panda
  • See a puffin in the wild
  • Go for a walk in Central Park
  • Go on the Harry Potter Studio tour
  • Go to a pick-your-own farm
  • Watch a sunrise at the beach
  • Visit London like a tourist

Sports and hobbies

  • [Complete] Run a 5K race
  • [Complete] Successfully grow a strawberry
  • [Complete] Solve a Rubik’s Cube
  • [Complete] Complete a full month maxing out Apple Watch activity rings
  • [Complete] Have a personal trainer
  • [Complete] Go to Wimbledon
  • [Complete] Play tennis on a real life tennis court
  • [In progress] Try 25 different flavours of tea
  • [In progress] See 10 different sports played live
  • [In progress] Complete the South West Coast Path
  • Make and taste 50 different cocktails
  • Go kayaking
  • Go ice skating
  • Do some volunteer work
  • Learn to spot 10 constellations
  • Take a first aid class
  • Go snowboarding
  • Walk 500 kilometres in a year
  • Learn sign language
  • Make cheese
  • Drink a martini – shaken, not stirred
  • Go for a bike ride on an off-road cycle trail
  • Go to Wimbledon

Art and text

  • [Complete] Watch 500 films
  • [Complete] Publish a book
  • [Complete] Complete a puzzle book
  • [Complete] Listen to one new album a week for a year
  • [In progress] Read the best 100 novels according to one list
  • [In progress] Take 100 panoramic photos
  • [In progress] Create an app
  • Make a short film
  • Learn a piece of origami off by heart
  • Write a song
  • Learn to play a song on the guitar
  • Write a book of short stories
  • Write down 10 ideas every day for a month
  • Go to a book reading
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