27 August 2009
Getting married has contributed to my recent and ongoing nostalgia (another nostoalgia post is in the pipeline). But it has also made me think about the future quite a lot. This is a factor in some changes that I hope to make around Pumpkin Soup quite soon (for which read ‘the next six months’ or longer). But I have also been inspired by Mighty Girl’s Mighty Life List – a list of 100 things that Maggie, the author, wants to do before she dies. You’ll see that her list includes all sorts of ambitious things and a whole load of smaller, more prosaic, but still meaningful, items.
Part of my motivation for growing vegetables and for writing Pumpkin Soup is to put the worries of work behind me and to be reminded that there is more to life than the daily grind. With this in mind, I had thought that I would start such a list myself. It’s true, I am an inveterate list maker anyway, but a list of pleasurable things to do (mostly!) that I can spread out over the rest of my life (well, you know, assuming I don’t get run over tomorrow…) appeals to the part of me that likes to try to keep some perspective. As it turns out, I didn’t have much of a choice about whether to compile this list. I woke one morning this week having started it in a dream. I think it best not to argue with that kind of message from the psyche…
So, in case you’re interested I’m going to write about the list and my progress here. A hundred items is rather a lot for one blog post, so I am taking another leaf out of Maggie’s book and posting my list in stages or chapters, with the first 20 today:
- Complete my PhD and then enjoy being called ‘Dr’.
- Visit Venice & go to the opera.
- Learn Russian. No need to be fluent, but I would like to learn that different alphabet and speak a few words.
- Be a life model for an artist.
- Eat caviar.
- Learn to tango in Argentina.
- Start and maintain a proper skincare routine.
- Finish the work on our house and then enjoy how lovely it will be.
- Get into the habit of writing letters (not emails or texts) to the people I love and stay in touch with them.
- Make thank you cards and send them at Christmas and birthdays.
- Have some success with Brassicas.
- Do a kind thing for someone every day (but this can include kind things I do at work that I often overlook).
- Hold a black tie event (perhaps for my 40th?).
- Go ice skating.
- Have ballroom dancing lessons/irish dancing lessons/tap dancing lessons/ballet lessons – dance!
- Sort out my shoes, put them in boxes and label them (yes, I know this is terribly anal, but I am so envious of my friend who does this!).
- Sort out my teeth – visit dentist regularly and more frequently (once every 10 years is not enough) re-make that appointment with the hygienist, maybe even get the blasted things whitened.
- Create a photo montage of friends and family for the living room.
- Mount/frame some of my photos and put them up in the house.
- Get a cleaner!
I’d say these might be the most prosaic items on the list so sorry if you were expecting something more exciting.
Another reason for not posting the full list at this stage is that I have yet to finish writing it and I would like to ask your help. What ideas do you have for what could go on the list? Any experiences you have had that you would recommend I try? Foods to taste, places to visit, books to read, people to meet? Types of fuit or vegetable that I should have a go at growing? I can’t promise that what you suggest will make it onto the list (it is my list after all), but I’d like to cast the net more widely than my own limited sphere of imagination.
So, what would be on your list? What do you think I should try?