In my twenty ninth year upon this earth I compiled a list. The list in question detailed 30 very specific challenges that I should complete within twelve months. I asked my friends to help me by suggesting things that would challenge me, help me overcome a fear or give me a little nudge to do some things I’d always talked of doing but never gotten round to.
I loved that list. It was written in the back of my diary and travelled with me for the whole year… ticking things off made me smile.
I went on an amazing journey that year, and I’m not just talking about backpacking around South East Asia… I grew, I discovered things about myself and man, I had some fun.
I went to Glastonbury…. And spent the best part of a week wading about in mud, falling as it did on the wettest weekend known to England (and yes, that is saying something). I also got to spend some time with dear friends Jen, Dave and Tomas, sleep in a kids tent (how was I to know that the tent I got for my 8th birthday would be too small?...) and see some pretty amazing bands.
I threw myself out of an airplane in a leisure activity officially known as sky diving. Grrr Sula for challenging me to do something so utterly terrifying. It turned out to be amazing, of course, that’s why people do it I suppose. It’s more than five years ago now, and the thing I remember most is the breathtaking scenery, the curve of the world and the rush of endorphins (and relief) as my feet touched the ground (metaphorically speaking. I actually landed on my bottom).
I got a tattoo. It’s a small butterfly, but it looks like a prawn.
I went to a football match.
I shot something… (well technically I didn’t, but I did fire a gun).
I posed for a life drawing class. You know… naked.
And… I made a film for YouTube. I’d actually forgotten all about this little gem until my friend (and co-star) Claudia posted a link to it on my Facebook page. The thing that I’m most proud of is that I managed to convince this group of hip, young things to take part in a synchronized swimming routine (you’ll never believe we had no professional training). In the five and a bit years that it’s been on YouTube it has been viewed 3,071 times and I’d estimate that at least 100 of those views were from me…it makes me smile… every… single… time.
Did you spot me?