A reminder of why I chose only 12 things, and not 60
As I’m now 59 and fast approaching my 60th birthday (at the end of this year), I am keen to tick off a few things from my list. I can’t believe it’s less than 3 months away!
You may be wondering why I didn’t go the whole hog and list 60 things to do before turning 60, as most people would do.
For one thing I’m not most people!!!
Here’s the link to my original post back in January – 12 things to do before turning 60
Well to be honest, there are a few reasons why:
- my birthday is in the 12th month – so 12 is always a favourite number
- 60 things sounded like waaaayyy too many things to think of 🤣 (and I’m basically a lazy person)
- there are 12 months in the year so that works out at 1 thing each month = doable
- I didn’t want to overwhelm myself and then end up failing in my quest
But then COVID-19 happened
I had rough plans to travel to England with my daughters and their families for my 60th, spend my birthday and Christmas together, catch up with my eldest daughter and my littlest granddaughter Dottie, see friends and family and enjoy some quality family time.
But no. That’s not going to happen!
Quite a few of my things on my list involved travel, international and domestic.
But no. That’s not going to happen either!
So without further ado I give you my list:
- ✅ Celebrate 40th wedding anniversary in London and buy myself something ‘Ruby’ nice
- ✅ Be there when E and S bring their baby boy home from hospital – he was due in early March but arrived in late February by caesarian due to being a breech baby – and yes I was there when he came home!!
- Investigate taking the Mathematician to Darwin – I have been there before but the Mathematician hasn’t – still a work in progress as all travel is on hold due to the global pandemic 🚦
- Make plans to visit Western Australia – still a work in progress as all travel is on hold due to the global pandemic 🚦
- Make a list of 60 things that make me happy – still a work in progress 🚦
- ✅ Donate at least $60 to charity
- Make a playlist with 60 favourite songs – still a work in progress 🚦
- ✅ Read at least 60 books in the year and write/share reviews of some of them
- Visit Tiny and Lea Rosser in Sydney with mum – see my post What has been the most unusual, unexpected or just plain weird connection you’ve made as a blogger? This was planned for April but due to COVID it unfortunately had to be postponed. In the meantime Tiny has turned 92! 🚦
- ✅ Ride on the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail as many times as possible in the year – it was opened in early April 2020 (by video on Facebook due to COVID-19) and we are frequent users. I even wrote a comprehensive Guide to Riding The Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail, which I’m very proud of!
- Investigate a trip to Canada for 2021? still a work in progress as all travel is on hold due to the global pandemic 🚦
- ✅ Jump at all opportunities that come my way and get photos wherever possible
- ✅ Investigate getting my book Dottie and the Wombat published properly – I sent my copy off to be looked at but got a rejection letter. I have since started a course in Writing Picture Books and am learning a great deal – there is so much involved in it and I am now ashamed of sending in such a rough manuscript in the first place!
Progress so far
So far I have managed to tick off numbers 1, 2, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13 – not too bad!!
Some of these I won’t be able to complete by the time I’m 60, due to COVID-19. But I’ll keep them on my list for when travel is back on the agenda.
I’ve made a good start on #12, jumping at every opportunity – quite literally – and will be updating my WOTY progress at the beginning of each month. I plan to share all my monthly Jump photos in a post at the end of the year. So far I’ve missed jumping in only one month – June as that wasn’t too good a month!
Eagle eyed readers might also notice that I have actually listed 13 things – I am not as mathematically challenged as you may think!
So that’s my 12 things to do before turning 60 – something to focus on! I’ll update you on my progress when I actually turn 60. Not long to go, the countdown is really on!
Is there anything else you’d add to my list, or any tips you can offer if you’ve attempted something similar?
Debbie is an award winning blogger and lives in the small town of Tumbarumba in NSW Australia. Married for 40 years, with three grown up daughters, Debbie and the Mathematician are avid travellers, cyclists and adventurers. Described by others as a ‘hummingbird on speed’ this active mother and grandmother has also received a bravery award from the Queen.
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