I do not make New Year resolutions nor do I really have a solid must do bucket list.
What usually happens is someone says something that I find interesting and I say “I would do that!”
I read a lot and there are times I will read something and say to myself “I am so going to try that!”
Other times I can be watching a blooper video on Youtube and think “I would never …”
However for the most part it is a combination of them all with creativity and out of the box thinking that gets me into most of the adventures in which I find myself. Around the Chateau it is not out of the ordinary for either one of us to stand up and shout out a challenge of trying something new for the sake of it! This is why we have primitive weapons and dwellings all over the property.
I am reminded of a commercial I once saw, a group of friends fall out from a car packed with camping gear and they arrange their site around a beautiful fire. All of them then pull out their smart phones, take a selfie, pack up, and leave the park. I have a friend that continuously sends me picture of her food, every bloody time she goes out to eat something, like I don’t know what a fucking hamburger and poutine looks like. There are still modern behaviours that baffle me but I think they are supposed too.
Going out and doing something, with other people creates the bond of experience, doing something on your own can be fulfilling, both however leave one with a sense of achievement; either way there is a story of your own worth reflecting upon sharing and at best perhaps inspiring someone else.
Falconry Classes: I am afraid of things flying at my face and birds are still unnerving dinosaurs to me but I could not pass up the chance to do it; two birds kind of thing.
Axe Throwing Class: I like axes in my video games, Canadian lumberjack blood floweth through these veins, and it is scary in a bad ass ‘oh my god that woman is throwing an axe’ kind of way. Awesome.
Tree Top Trekking: Zip lining through the trees like a hairless flying squirrel. Who would have thought!
I was never comfortable with saying I don’t like something that I had never tried, clearly if I had taken part in a particular activity and didn’t enjoy it no one would be able to challenge me on it – I have a girlfriend that seems to hate everything but has yet to leave the couch and do anything.
At just over forty I feel pretty good, I am still finding new things to experience, some for the first time, some all new because of the person I am doing them with; I am lucky to meet good people along the way, some of whom do these things with me. I will soon be celebrating another birthday and I am not pressuring myself on anything grand but I have a few ideas for what I want for myself, not just this year, not because it’s 2018 but what will contribute to my whole life experience.
My blog, letters and pictures are never going to be a top selling autobiography, there is no legacy to preserve but at the end of the day I like tucking myself into bed, in the dark, with a huge smile on my face. There is no better feeling in the whole world than overcoming something that was terrifying, that I thought myself too old to achieve, the wrong sex, or not smart enough to do. In fact if it makes me nervous or I don’t fully understand it I am going to continue to run at it head on and I have found resolve in failure – even those are great stories to share.
Well unless it is learning to swim, I kind of tip toe with that one but in good time.
Happy New Year