By: Lydia Crow
It’s been quite some time since I reviewed my List of 21. I was just as thrilled to see how many of the things on my list I still wanted to do (all of them), as surprised I was about the things that weren’t on there.
I’m training (in the loosest sense of the word) to be able to run 10k. I don’t know if I’ll enter any running events to do it or not (I suspect I will), but I still want to be able to run a 10k in one go. In fact there have been discussions this year about undertaking a half marathon next year, and there were already discussions about me and a friend undertaking the Original Mountain Marathon. I was discussing with a close friend recently about why I wanted to try long distance running and my main reason is that I’ve never managed to properly run since I was a child. My asthma kicks in far too quickly and I can’t keep it up. This alone, the challenge of managing to succeed at something which no longer comes naturally, is enough of a reason for me still to want to pursue it.
Ah, yes, Bellydancing and Salsa. Do I still want to do these? Of course! Along with pole-dancing (very good for fitness and core strength and undoubtedly packed with comedy moments) and quite a few other types of more formal dancing. I’d love to be able to dance properly as and when I feel like it, gliding effortlessly across the floor or shaking my ass in a slightly less terrifying manner than I do now. Likewise with the martial art: at present it’s possible there may be a move on the cards. A change of scene, a new city (or a city at all seeing as I currently live in a village). Once I move and get settled (if that is what I do) then I intend to be rather prompt about researching which martial art I wish to take up and finding out where I can do it. I can’t wait.
Learning the guitar is definitely still on my to-do list, though may well come after learning the mandolin (I play the fiddle already, after all, and the strings are the same). There are other instruments I wish to learn to play too, as well as improving the ones I already play, but I’m trying not to get ahead of myself. One thing at a time…
Africa. Venice. Meet a gorilla. I’m going to do them all, I’m just trying to be good with my finances at the moment. Likewise travelling in a hot air balloon: this was the last to be added to my list. I thought for so long about what else I wanted to add to the list way back in the misty realms of 2009, and this was a last minute thought. I’m glad it made the cut as I think, when I finally get round to it, it will be exhilarating and, quite possibly, slightly scary.
Gain a TEFL qualification. That makes me smile now. I still want to do this (at present, teaching English abroad is something I may well consider doing for a period of time in the future) but, having completed a Masters in 2010, I’ve now just started a PhD. That’s not to say that I won’t be undertaking a TEFL qualification any time soon, but I’d rather concentrate on catching up with the languages I haven’t managed to learn yet (‘learn a language for every decade of my life’). I hit thirty next month and so far I have learnt English, GCSE German and one year of French. The last two don’t count, so I recently took advantage of an Audible offer and downloaded a series of French lessons. Who knows, if I’m not sitting down and learning a language, maybe listening to language lessons on the way to work is the answer? I’m also going to dust off and improve my German. My fourth language (which I have ten years to learn) may well be Gaelic or Italian. Possibly Spanish. Though Russian interests me too, as do many other non-European languages.
I am actually very close to completing a book or novel. A book I’m writing for children is, at present, in the editing stages (though letting go will be hard). After that there are several other more adult synopses I have drafted and for which I have sketched down a few ideas: I’m trying to resist delving too deeply into these until I have finished ‘Ghosts’ (working title). I have two ideas sketched out for stage plays but, again, I’m not working on these at present. I am, however, currently working on a self-publishing venture with some other individuals. Inevitably there will be more information posted on ShiverWriggle as and when that is complete.
The artwork and the evening dress I am currently waiting to work on. I have various ideas and rough scribbles for both of these, but these are projects for a little bit further down the line when certain circumstances change. Extreme budgeting and being incommunicado, again, will only work when certain things have changed in my current life. I’m actually rather excited about both of these. They’re odd challenges whereby I’m changing what I do rather than doing something extra, so they intrigue me somewhat. And, finally, passing my car or bike test. Well, that will happen when I have the funds. At present it’s looking like a bike, and it may be as soon as next year. I just don’t know yet.
Like I said at the beginning of this missive, it’s quite interesting what didn’t make it to the list: my PhD for one, for which I have now registered; photography, which I’ve taken up (still very much as an amateur); and other smaller ventures which I’ve created and launched in the last three years. I also completed the Moonwalk last year and have recorded more music (though not original: folk music, arranged by myself). I’m working on more original material which I’ll record just as soon as I let it go and feel like I can share it with others. There are also other writing challenges I’ve set myself and succeeded at completing.
All in all, as a retrospect of the last three years, I’m quite pleased with my progress. Here’s to further challenges!