I’m 40 today. When I was a kid I thought that I’d feel like an old man at this age but I don’t. I still feel like a kid. Like another version of that same kid that found it impossible to visualise what life would be like this far into the future.
Now I’m here and understand a little more of the world, I can see there are so many things I may never understand. And that’s ok. If I could go back and tell that little boy something it would be.. Face your fears, tell those you love that you love them, learn how to be less selfish as soon as possible, and don’t worry, no matter what happens you’ll never forget how to have fun… Oh and don’t expect jetpacks any time soon.
I’m no less hungry for life now, than I was then. I still want to know more, to learn more, to see more. I feel like I’ve been playing a game my whole life and the fun bit is learning. The harsher lessons not so much, but after time you realise that to feel and understand the the highs you need to take a datum from the lows.
I don’t want life to stop being fun. Even when I grow cynical I’d like to be playful with it. To remember that some of the most important lessons learned come from the most traumatic times. And some of the best stories.
I guess that’s one of the reasons I created a list of new things I’d like to experience this year. If I can fit in 40 new experiences between February 2012 and Feb 2013, it will not only be a year to remember, it will certainly be one of my best. If I can share some of these things with friends and family then even better.
Below I have a list of more than 40 things. Some silly, some probably difficult without stacks of cash or time, or both. But all do-able and I’ll do as many as I can from this bucket list as I move through the year.
If you feel like you want to experience some of these things with me, let me know. Maybe you do this kind of stuff all the time and can help me explore new sports, past-times, food stuffs or cultural idiosyncrasies.
Either way, lets have fun.
Here is a selection of my list.
Spend an entire day offline reading a novel
Write a letter to someone I admire and respect
Learn to hot wire a car
Fly a camera drone
Volunteer for a day
Go to a Sci-Fi Convention
Walk in a blizzard
Travel on the Orient Express
Spend a night in a haunted house
Drink in Britain’s smallest pub
Spend time in a sensory deprivation (floatation) tank
Roast my own coffee
Make something on a 3d printer
Book a karaoke booth
Drive a modern electric car
Drink in the Largest Pub in England
Blend my own whisky
Taste wine straight from the barrel.
Walk from dawn till dusk.
(Still to do)
Go Bell Ringing (possibly with Alex Foster)
Fly in a microlight
Deploy a flood barrier (with @Britt_W)
Kitesurf (possibly with @175viatribunali)
Some kind of Cowboy experience. (not Brokeback Mountain.)
Explore the west coast of Scotland in a powered rib
Ride in a submarine
Join a biker gang
Try Morris Dancing (possibly with @ChristianHambly)
Have my portrait painted (with @PaulOz)
Fly in a hot air balloon
Go deep sea fishing (possibly with with @ChristianHambly)
Get a Tattoo
Go motorbike camping
Compile a list of achievements.
Celebrate St Patricks Day in Ireland (Missed it.)
Celebrate Burns night in Scotland
Drive a tank (possibly with with @Greenape)
Have a go at blacksmithing
Make my own knife
A snowshoe hike.
Ride out to the Ace Cafe for pie @SimFin)
Volo dell’Angelo (Flight of the Angels)
Visit a Cider Bar (possibly with with @Jamesmb)
Help man a lifeboat
Visit the Triumph Motorcycle factory
Brew my own beer in a micro brewery (With Draycott Brewery)
Learn to play Poker with a professional (arranged by @Ilicco)
Ride the tallest/fastest roller coaster in the UK
Cycle 100km in a day
Load up a motorbike and go camping
Get a tailor made suit
See the Aurora Borealis
Learn about audio and acoustics in relation to field recording.
Spend a night in a protest camp
Go Bat Watching
The Storify showing the roots of how this list came about is linked here: Storify.com/documentally/40-at-40 (Link sadly broken with the death of Storify)