Through my life that is. A time for pondering and reflection. At almost halfway does that make me middle-aged?
I think of middle-aged as being about 55, but who lives to 110 these days ( or ever?).
This post is partly inspired by the lovely words over at More Canterbury Tales, which I shall add to my blogroll because I have no idea how to post the link here in a cool techno-savvy way. More on that inspiration later.
So yesterday was my 45th birthday and what a lovely birthday it was.
I started the day having breakfast with Doris and the softball team, all of them surpisingly not bleary eyed from a night of chatting and giglling until 4a.m., oh to have back the stamina of youth, one late night and it takes me a month to recover.
After they had put away all the futons and washed the breakfast dishes, they all went outside to play softball and I was left alone to enjoy many many episodes of The Amazing Race.
Later I had lunch out with Sunshine and she told me of her current plan to attend a certain university which will involve us selling our house, children and internal organs to finance.
Met up with The Man and The Boys for some shopping and wandering.
The Man made a lovely shabu shabu dinner and the gifts rained down.
Jim bought me a notebook with a picture of a chicken on the front. It’s a very close-up photo, so close -up I can see the bobbly-nobbly bits on it’s comb, which caused a sudden flashback to the attack and induced psychosomatic pains in my leg.
From Kev I received a beautiful antique silver locket that I suspect The Man may have funded.
From my gals, bath salts and a sweater and from The Man a lovely ink pen with which to craft my memoirs;)
So with More Canterbury Tales in mind I got to thinking about my Bucket List again, a list I have reserved the right to modify over the years.
I once planned to write a bestseller, this was modified to simply writing a book,but a good friend who also acts as my Life Coach has pressed upon me the importance of attainable goals, so now I am aiming to write a ‘thank you’ letter to my Aunty Muriel before year’s end.
Most of the things I’d like to do involve travel, I love going to new countries and have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel a lot, particularly through Asia. Still on my list though, I want to see The Taj Mahal, I want to meditate in Puna, go to Base camp Mount Everest, go on safari, see the Aurora Borealis, go to Kakadu National Park, see Urulu, see The Red Sea and The Dead Sea, Damascus, Jerusulem, Bethlehem, in the US I want to visit Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans.Take my kids on a UK road trip….. I doubt I’ll ever be short of places to visit.
I want to pass level 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test but it involves more studying and then APPLYING for and TAKING the test, maybe next year….
Be fabulously bendy in yoga, be able to do all the really funky poses.
Learn a musical instrument, a real one, not the spoons.
Know as much about gardening as my friend Feet.
Know everything there is to know about, and live an entirely macrobiotic lifestyle.
Remember everyone’s birthday and send them a card for a year. ( Mmm maybe I’ll do that one in 2010, so send your dates peeps.)
I know there’s more, they’ll come to me, maybe I’ll set up a bucket list as new page.( another goal?).