Everyone keeps asking me how I am getting on with my 30 things. And the truth is that I haven’t done anything specifically towards them for ages now. But I’m a “the journey is more important than the destination” kind of girl, and the reason I’ve not been doing these things is that I’ve been busy with other challenges. Sometimes I think life would be a whole lot easier if I stopped giving myself all these challenges and projects, but I can’t see it happening any time soon.
From the original list, I’ve completed 15 of the 30 things, which isn’t bad going. But I’ve also taken on other challenges. So, not only did I run in a 10k race, but I did it in fancy dress. And then signed up to a half marathon. I’m growing my hair long (not exactly challenging, I’ll admit!) but have also quit using shampoo (nine months now and my hair has never been better!). I had a go at writing a little poem and children’s book, but also wrote a short story. I was really pleasantly surprised at my writing, though I don’t imagine I’ll do anything more with it. Giving blood was a really good thing that needed a nudge to do, but will now do as often as I can. Eating on a budget and as a vegan have both made me look at my diet and make some positive changes.
But for my biggest challenge, I have decided to go and spend a week in November volunteering at the refugee camps in Calais. I’ve never done anything like it before, and I know that I will only make the tiniest of differences, but my job at Volunteering in Health (and parenting!) has shown me that TIME is worth so much more than money or things. An hour spent having a chat with someone who’s lonely can make SO much difference to that person’s day and week. It shows them that someone cares, gives them a chance to share things they need to talk about, and just generally cheers them up. My plan is to go over and help wherever I’m needed, whether that’s picking up rubbish, sorting donations, distributing food, or building shelters (not sure how helpful I’d be on that front!). (And don’t worry, I’ve done my research and will be doing it properly, not just rocking up with a van-load of stuff and causing chaos.) If you’d like to come with me, or help in any way, or if you’ve been and have any advice for me, please get in touch!
Back to my 30 things – out in Calais I hope I might even manage to cross off a couple more items from my list – start a fire, sleep under the stars, don’t use electricity for a whole day, buy dinner for someone less fortunate.
That will leave me with knit/crochet a hat for myself (I might manage that one), draw something I’m proud off, go out rowing, get a tattoo (I know what I want, roughly). Then there are some that I know I won’t get around to this year, but that’s ok! I’ve had some fantastic experiences and done some great things this year that I probably wouldn’t have done without having set myself this challenge from the beginning.
Thank you to my lovely friend Jen for giving me a push of inspiration to come back to this blog and review how I’m getting on (better than I thought!) for the first time in ages. What a year!