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Having a bucket list keeps me positive!

I’m really lucky in that I’ve already had many positive life experiences. As well as being a wife and mum, I’ve done so many cool things such as standing on the roof of the Houses of Parliament in London (arranged years ago by someone who worked there), going on a protest march, travelling to East Asia, having a tattoo, performing musically in some amazing venues, etc. but I’m now on my second bucket list and it’s this that keeps me looking forward!



I did my first bucket list during my 30s with the aim of doing 40 things before I turned 40. I guess that I’ve always been someone who’s liked a challenge and who believes that we can create our own memories. I’ve already mentioned on here about sitting in the back of a police car but there were lots of other things. One of the coolest things was to drive a tractor! A friend of a friend of a friend was a farmer and word got to him that I fancied driving a tractor around a field…..so plans were made for me to drive both an old and modern tractor. I clearly have a thing about transport as I also drove an HGV on some private land and had a free trial motorbike lesson. So, none of these cost money and sometimes it’s who you know that can make things happen. Similarly, a friend knew a milk farmer who arranged for me to milk a cow and that was kinda the weirdest thing I’ve done but I soon got the hang of it. What I’ve found is that when word gets out amongst friends and colleagues, they can help generate some ideas or find ways to help. I blogged during my 40 list too and had various people say that they had been inspired to start thinking of their aspirations too!

Once I reached 40, I took out a few years of ‘just living’ but when I reached 45, it was that point where the next big ‘-0’ birthday was within reach and I started to think about what else I’d like to do. I really hope to travel extensively and I’m enjoying other people’s blogs about whereabouts in the world they’ve got to.

The past 7 days since going to Chichester and stunning West Wittering have been spent inside because of the snow and I’ve been starting to get cabin fever! It can be too easy to stay inside sometimes but having a list of things to do can bring a focus. If the sky is blue, if I’ve got the time and if the countryside is free of snow, I’d be out there! My next thing to do is go to Wells in Somerset which is England’s smallest city and it’s doable to get there and back in a day. The roads here in Sussex are clear but I know the south west might not be so accessible so that will have to wait for another weekend. But my voucher for the half day owl experience has arrived and I’ll be doing this with my son. The farmer has various owls and we’re going to be feeding the owls, have them swoop down onto our arms, etc. so hopefully the date will be firmed up very shortly for when the weather’s a bit warmer. My current list of challenges can be found here:¬†https://sarah50.blog/about/


So for me, amongst work and family life, having that bucket list keeps me positive, thinking about what’s going to bring that next moment when you think ‘Wow, I did it’ or ‘Wow, look at that!’ Life can become monotonous sometimes but we’ve all got the power within ourselves to make those magic moments happen.

Tickets booked to have an owl swoop onto my arm!

owlThis year is already filling up with some amazing things to look forward to but I’m trying to make sure that they’re spaced out a little bit and plenty of other things are left for the remaining years of my 40s! My bucket list should be a steady marathon rather than a sprint!

Today, I’ve booked tickets for one of my children and me to spend half a day with owls at Sussex Falconry¬†which will involve flying them, feeding them, etc. I think there’s something a little bit Harry Potter about it all but for some add reason, my son doesn’t think it’d be cool to dress up with Harry Potter-type gowns!! Once I get the tickets, we can sort out a date so I’m aiming for April when it warms up a little bit.

And friends in Texas reminded earlier that I should add a holiday out there to my list! I do like travelling although circumstances stop us from doing as much as we’d like to at the moment (which is rather gutting as we’d been invited to a family wedding in Singapore this weekend that we would have probably gone to). So, I’ve changed a couple of my challenges/experiences to reflect that I’d like to go to 25 new countries/US states. That might sound like an awful lot but I’ve got 4.5 years to do it with some multi-country trips planned. There’s a 12 night cruise with P&O that I fancy going to: Russia, Estonia, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Germany (and all but the last 2 would be new countries for me). Then, there’s the East European road trip I plan to go on to include Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Italy. And if you also add, Texas, that’s already 13 places to add.

And the final thing to share today? I’ve been thinking about creating a time capsule for a future generation to find! Yes, many get buried in the ground although there’s a chance that it won’t be found. But reading online last night, it turns out there are different ways of doing it, such as leaving a box intentionally in the attic for a future owner to find…perhaps with a note on it saying for when it would ideally be opened. So, what would I include in a time capsule? I guess a little bit about us but also the world more generally. I was thinking about collecting headlines, etc. in May as no doubt Brexit will still be headlining the news along with the royal wedding, the move to eradicate/minimise plastics, etc. So, it’ll take a bit of thinking and getting ideas from my family about what to put in there.