It occurred* to me the other day that I’ve never published my whole list. I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to. I didn’t want anyone judging its merits or it’s mundanities or telling me what I’d missed off it.
I keep my list in the pale pink, leather-bound Aspinal journal that I bought myself for Christmas for that specific purpose last year. Although I blog about things as I do them, I also write about them in much more detail in my journal. It has tickets and photos, cards from restaurants and even pencils from both Brummus and Oskars cocktail bars in it too, although these have now spilled over into a keepsake box.
The very first thing I wrote on my list was “Go to New York”. When I wrote it I was going to go this year, alone, because I was going to have to do a lot of things alone in future if I
wanted to do them at all. Or so I thought.
The second thing was to own a red coat. I own the coat, I’ve not been to New York. Yet. We’re booked to go in May next year.
So here, dear reader, is the list. It’s a work in progress to be honest. I’m always adding to it, it probably won’t be the same as yours would, you may have done lots more of it than I have (lucky you!) or much less. It’s in two parts really, places I want to go and things I want to do
Go to New York Italy – Rome, Florence and the Amalfi Coast The Grand Canyon Venice Prague Berlin Istanbul Cuba Go on a safari (must see giraffes and elephants) Visit South Africa Visit Niagara Falls Travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway Moscow and St Petersburg Stay in a stilted bungalow over the ocean Australia Walk the Inca Trail Visit the rain forest The Galapagos Islands Paris (with someone who loves me) 4.4.14 Iceland Live in a different country for a while Fly first class!
Own a red coat (Dec 2013)
Fly in a hot air balloon Go scuba diving (snorkelled in Mustique Aug 2014) Watch the sun rise on a beach Watch the sun set on a beach 25.5.14 Receive a love letter 2.1.14 See the Aurora Borealis Drive an Aston Martin 26.4.14 Eat in a Michelin Starred restaurant 20.2.14 Kiss in the rain 26.1.14 Sleep in a four-poster bed 26.4.14 Learn about wine (in progress!) Commission a piece of jewellery Wear a vintage designer dress Swim with turtles Relearn the piano Own a pair of designer shoes See an Opera See a performance of The Messiah 13.12.14 Go to a proper (masked) ball in a proper dress Own a soft top car 19.2.14 Write a book Experience a surprise trip/party See a shooting star (Aug 2014, Mustique) Fly in a helicopter Stay in a castle Stop biting my nails (again)
I’ve added a few things to this since I first wrote it last year.