Well maybe not cry but I am beginning t worry about the magnitude of what I’m taking on. I’ve had an great time pulling the list together but now I’ve got to get on and do it. Activities on the list include swimming with sharks, dancing in the rain and learning another language. And on top of all this I’ve committed to raising at least £5,000 for charity in a year
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Today’s the day! It’s time to stop making plans and start living life. I’ve chosen my 5iftyby5ifty and by the end of today I will have completed not 1, not 2 but at least 3 things on the list. So check out the full list here and see if you can guess what I’ve got planned for today.
£5,000 up for grabs!! Not all today but I still need a charity to raise money for over the next year. I need ideas for something local, something that will really make a difference or something that struggles for support. So please let me have your thoughts.
Motto for the day: Love who you’re with (friends, family, work colleagues, anyone really), Laugh at least 8 times today (go on you know you want to) and Live Life to the full
In 21 days I will be 49 which means in just 387 days I will be fifty. It can’t be true. I can’t be nearly 50. I haven’t decided what I want to do when I grow up. I haven’t done all the things I dreamed about when I was a kid. It turns out John Lennon was right “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans”.
Or in my case life is what happened when I was busy doing other things. Don’t get me wrong, many of those things were important. I’ve raised two sons, got a good job and own my own home (ok so I’ve got a mortgage but one day it will be mine). I’ve swam with dolphins, seen the pyramids and changed the law but I haven’t exactly set the world on fire. When I was kid I believed I could fix the world (thanks for that one Mam) but now I know that isn’t true. But I still believe I can make a difference because we all can if we try. So today I’m setting myself two challenges:
Challenge 1: By 5 August 2015 (the day I’m 49) find 5iftyby5ifty. That’s 50 thing’s I will do before I’m 50. I don’t know what these things will be yet but they must all be something I’ve dreamed of doing, something that makes a difference to others or something that’s just a little bit crazy or wild. I’m not rich so they won’t be things that cost a fortune (unless anyone has some spare cash they want to donate) and I have Multiple Sclerosis so I won’t be running any marathons or climbing any mountains but hopefully with the help of my friends and family I will come up with a list that will be exciting and challenging.
Challenge 2: And this is the hard one. By 5 August 2016, when I reach the big 50 I hope I will have completed everything on my list. To do it I will have to average one thing every week (that gives me a two week break) so it could be hard going. I could add things to the list I’ve already done but that would be cheating so I’ll be starting from scratch and hope to write about what I do on this website.
Over the next week I’ll add new pages and use social media to ask people help create my list. I don’t know if many people will be interested but maybe I’ll get some ideas. I don’t know if anyone will read what I have to say but by the time I’m 50 I hope I’ll be able to say I stopped making plans and got busy living life.