So, last weekend, I shared with you that my bucket list journey will continue regardless and I set out 3 things I wanted to work on. So, I thought I’d share with you how I’m doing and also other things I’ve been up to this week.
1. Learn a language
In just under a week, I’m grasping the very basics of German using the DuoLingo app (which is free). Although it’s very repetitive, I’m getting there in learning to read, write and speak the language although I can currently do little more than ask for water and bread! Here’s a screenshot:
2. Learn Makaton
I haven’t started this one yet but I’ve decided that the target will be to learn 50 signs as my bucket list is all about the things I’d like to achieve before I turn 50. More about that next weekend!
3. Look for online volunteering opportunities
Progress has been made and, in fact, I’ve got 2 opportunities in the pipeline.
I’m in the process of applying to be an online mental health crisis volunteer and, with references already submitted, my application is being reviewed.
Here in the U.K., our prime minister asked for 250,000 people to step forward to be NHS volunteers in this pandemic, hoping to reach this number over a few days. Well, in true British spirit, more than 400,000 people signed up in under 24 hours and the number has now grown to more than 750,000 of which I’m just one. Whether it’s transporting patients, transporting medical equipment, working as community responders or phoning people who are isolated, this is just the most amazing collective response.
…..and talking of collective responses, did you see on your news that on Thursday at 8pm, thousands upon thousands of people in the U.K. stepped out of their front doors, stood at their windows and looked out at on their balconies and applauded our country’s heroes keeping the country going…from the NHS staff to supermarket staff, from teachers looking after key workers’ children to logistics staff. And the clapping of hands, ringing of church bells, banging of saucepans, etc could be heard from so far away. Just one of the most extraordinary moments of my life that brought a huge lump to my throat. London also lit many landmarks blue in recognition.
I’ve been going out for daily walks (which we’re allowed to do whilst socially distancing) and, yesterday, I walked down the hill to my village pond.
Apart from that, I’ve been doing a bit of work, sorted my wardrobe, decorated a room, shared a vlog on Facebook, had long phone chats with family and friends, saw Venus very clearly, watched the International Space Station fly over my house AND even took part in a Zoom dance party with mainly Americans who also love the programme Crazy Ex Girlfriend!
Hope you’re all okay. Keep safe and more next weekend