What is left on my bucket list
My bucket list is HUUUGE (I did tell you I don’t get out much) so let us have a little look. I won’t tell you all of the things on my bucket list so don’t worry as you will probably fall asleep by the end of them. However, I have been thinking about them a bit though recently; possibly because I will be 48 very soon; 50 is getting closer and closer.
So let us move on to the items on my bucket list:
Learn to ride a horse
This is definitely on my bucket list and maybe one-day even owning one. I have always loved horses. There is something so majestic and magical about them. Such spiritual creatures. Many years ago I used to volunteer at a disabled riders group which involved leading the horses while the client was sat on the horse. It was such a moving thing to witness. These children and also adults reacted in such a positive way just by being in the presence of a horse.
I remember one individual who had no control of his motor skills. However, as soon as we had got him on the back of the horse he was completely still and had the most incredible big smile on his face. It was wonderful to witness this and very humbling. The joy in the clients’ faces was priceless.
There was a similar situation when I worked at a nursing home and we used to have a donkey sanctuary visit the residents. We took the donkeys to the residents’ rooms (followed with a spade and a bucket). I’m not ashamed to say it brought tears to my eyes. Beautiful memories to cherish.
Learn to play the piano
I have always wanted to play the piano so that has always been on my bucket list, but I don’t think I have the hands for it. They are definitely not long and slender which is probably why I keep doing typos on my phone when texting telling my kids to lick the door instead of locking it. To be honest to be able to play any instrument would be great.
I remember playing the recorder at school; I enjoyed it at the time but I must have driven my parents mad listening to hundreds of renditions of London’s Burning and Mull of Kintyre. My grandad was quite musical he would be always on his harmonica. He also had an electric organ in the front room (the front room was out of bounds and used for Christmas and special occasions only or on nights we lit a coal fire). Also, he had several Squeezebox things too (sorry I don’t know the correct term for these).
To fit into a pair of size 12 jeans
Yes, God, I would love that feeling. Just getting them over my knees would be amazing lol but to get them on properly – wozer I’d be skipping everywhere. I am sure there is a correlation with waist size and your age. I think I put an inch on every year. It is so difficult at our age as our metabolism is all over the place. Medication doesn’t help matters either they have caused me to put weight on which is extremely frustrating. It leads to feeling bad about yourself which then leads to comfort eating; a vicious circle and difficult one to break.
Get married again
This is definitely on my bucket list as I would love to get married again one day. Those of you who know me will know what awful relationships I’ve had since moving to Harrogate. Which is a laugh considering it is supposed to be the happiest place to live in the UK. Can you believe that? the happiest place indeed… I can assure you that if it is it’s because about 80% of the population are on Prozac! It’s a good job the 80% aren’t all on viagra or it would be the hardest place to live! – sorry, couldn’t resist that one.
Now before I get married I have to find someone I want to get married to; which has been proving a tad bit difficult. However, I have had two dates with someone quite recently and will be having a third this weekend fingers crossed. But it’s a long way from 3 dates to getting married. But… so far so good. He doesn’t wear women’s clothes on a weekend, he doesn’t like flashing at strangers and he doesn’t have some extremely weird fetish – that I know about.
The three I mentioned are actually real people I have spoken to via dating sites. I met the first one in McDonald’s of all places and oh my god.. he looked like a cross between Alan Titchmarsh and one of the fecking Chuckle brothers! I tell you I could have cried. Anyway, my dating antics are going to be for a future post.
So I go back to the beginning to actually find someone I want to spend the rest of my life with and they feel the same way would be heavenly.
Go to the Maldives
I have always wanted to go the Maldive. I mean how could it not be on my bucket list? It’s the white sand and crystal clear turquoise blue sea. I have not had a holiday abroad since 1998 and it was when I was pregnant with my middle child. Off I went to Lanzarote with my first mistake of a boyfriend. There are a few other places I would like to go on holiday to. The Scilly Isles looks nice, some beaches in Scotland look fantastic and the Northumberland coast. I adore the Isle of Wight and could very easily live there given the chance. My favourite place there is a village called Bembridge.
My fingers are crossed that the Maldives will be the place I go on my honeymoon. I would love to visit the Base Camp at Mount Everest but I know that is very unlikely due to health reasons. Quite a few years ago I had a short relationship with someone who used to take climbers to the top of Everest. I also know people die even at base camp due to altitude sickness.
Learn a foreign language
I feel quite ignorant, ashamed and cross with myself for not being able to speak another language. It is my own fault as I had French lessons at school and really wish I had paid more attention. I think it might be something that I will look into for an evening class but I just can’t make my mind up between French and Spanish.
Make my living from writing
Well, this item on my bucket list has just started. I’ve just taken the first step of the journey and hopefully will carry on now until the end of time.
I have recently published a book “why rainbows may cry” and I’ve started this blog. I’ve had so many life experiences so have a lot of things I can draw from both in fiction and non-fiction. My great great grandfather was John Gersham Greenhough and he was the head of the Baptist Church of England for part of his life. He wrote a lot of books including one which was a diary of his world trips he undertook in a religious capacity with his wife. I am currently collecting the books he wrote. I am no way religious but I am very spiritual.
I just love though the thought of holding the words of my great great grandfather in my hands. Words that he actually said, wrote and preached to his parishioners and imagine the impact they had on people. Words can be powerful more powerful than we realise sometimes. I want to leave my words behind for my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Let them know who I was, what made me tick, what I did with my life. But.. writing in all its capacities is what I want to do for a living.
Have my own workshop/studio
I have been creative for as long as I can remember and I loved getting out my poster paints and painting by numbers as a child; I still remember the smell of the oil paint. As you will know from previous posts my degree was in art and design and we touched on so many things, photography, printing, art, sculpture, video to name but a few. I still love painting, both acrylic and watercolour and really could do with the proper space to do it in together alongside my jewellery making. Something else I would love to have a go at is making glass beads so would need space for a hot torch and kiln.
Visit Hampton Court Palace, Tower of London and Hever Castle
I have a huge love for history particular the Tudors and Elizabeth I. I chose history as a subject when I went to Lutterworth Grammar thinking I would be learning about kings and queens etc… did I fuck… it was toll-puddle martyrs and sodding crop rotation it was so bloody boring. I’ve learnt all about this period of history since leaving school. Henry VIII’s wives their lives I find completely fascinating such strong women, Anne Bolyn and Catherine of Arogan being my favourites. If Anne had had a son instead of Elizabeth she would not have lost her head. Dangerous times to be around Henry. Elizabeth I his daughter was a force to be reckoned with and I admire her greatly.
Float in the dead sea
Now this kind of goes alongside another one on the list which is learning to swim. I would just love to feel the sensation of floating in the Dead Sea it must be so relaxing and I definitely need to learn how to swim; I did start having lessons about five years ago but had to stop when I was out of action due to an ankle injury.
Visit Pompeii, Herculaneum and Rome
Now not many know this but I nearly did archaeology at York University instead of art and design. I love history and archaeology and now I will tell you a nerdy secret I would just love to go down on the banks of the River Thames with a metal detector and to look for artefacts. I know the area around the Tower is actually out of bounds which is such a shame as I bet there is a lot to be found around there. Going back to Pompeii and Herculaneium I remember learning about Pompeii at primary school and like an idiot I had nightmares for weeks afterwards thinking a volcano would suddenly appear on my street and kill everyone. Yep, how stupid do I feel now?
Be an extra in a Hollywood movie
Now, wouldn’t that be exciting? I’d love it if it was a Tom Cruise film. I want to see how tall he is in real life. Or even an Iron Man film. Or… I could be a hobbit I swear I’ve got hair on my big toe… it’s been a long while since I’ve been able to bend to look at it mind. But I’m sure it’s a great toe if you are wondering.
Which reminds me of one place I worked in Leicester for a short time; women were not allowed to wear shoes that showed, wait for it, “Toe Cleavage” ha ha ha can you believe that I didn’t even know it existed until I worked there. Flipping toe cleavage…
Start a movement or cause you believe in
I’ve kind of already done this but I would like it to get bigger and better. I started Harrogate Black Dog a couple of years ago on Facebook. It is a group for people suffering from depression and anxiety for all sorts of reasons. It’s a place where people are not afraid to talk about their emotions and feelings. I know it has been very helpful and often get lovely messages letting me know how much it has been of help which makes me feel very good and glad that I set it up.
Go on a cruise
I promise this is the last one… for now at least. I would like to learn how to swim first otherwise I would have to sleep in the lifeboat wearing armbands. I am terrified of drowning which is not on my bucket list and I have a huge fear of deep water and being out of my depth but at the same time have a deep love for the ocean and water; work that one out. A total contradiction. I just love being near the sea; the smell, the taste of the air, the breeze, feel of sand under your feet, the coolness of the water when it touches your toes. Love it.
Well, thank you for reading about the things on my bucket list…. knowing what I am like I am sure this list will be gone back to time and time again.
Maybe you could leave a comment about the things on your bucket list….