A couple of weeks ago I promised you tree climbing… but let’s go back a few years first. About seven years ago as I approached my sixtieth birthday, I happened to mention in passing to a friend that I had never been to a music festival. I love the idea of a festival, but I have never been a great fan of camping and certainly the older I get the more I like to have easy access to clean toilets and a few home comforts. I can cope with not washing properly for a few days, even with a bit of rain and mud but I do like a clean loo and a comfy bed. At the time it got me thinking about other things that I might like to do that I had never tried before and so began my ‘sixty by sixty’ project. It was never my intention for it to be a bucket list. I feel a bit uncomfortable with the idea of a list of things to tick off before I die as it feels a little like collecting trophies for the sake of it. For me it was always a project about trying new things and opening my mind to new experiences, maybe learning something new and meeting new people along the way. Sixty new things before the end of my sixtieth year, some of them maybe long held ambitions, others possibly things I hadn’t thought of before, but I no longer wanted to say ‘I’ll do that one day’. It was about saying yes to life because let’s face it… life is short and none of us know what is in store for our future.
Thank you Gina I really enjoyed this piece. I found it really inspiring as I've just turned 60 and feel like I'm standing on the edge of the cliff thinking "what now". I'm tempted to borrow your idea and do "100 by 100" - but I'm such a procrastinator I'll probably only get round to couple! Finally - is the podcast returning? I discovered it recently (following a personal recommendation) and really enjoyed it.
Ooh, fun! I’ve never done anything as bold as you have! But I do like camping (and if you choose a site with lots of ⭐️⭐️⭐️ you can even find clean loos 😉)