Monday, 25 October 2010

My list.... a work in progress


Day 16 already, how time flies. Yes, yes, I know I said the list would be up sooner, but I've been busy..... procrastinating. Takes a lot of time, y'know!

Seriously tho, I've been real busy with work. My roster over the next few weeks had a lot of short flights on it, and I don't like short flights, as they're all a bit rushed. I much prefer the longer 3+ hour sectors, where you get a chance to take your time with the passengers and get to know them a bit. So I've been sending lots of emails to other crew asking to swap onto their longer flights, mostly with success. The 'Sent Items' folder of my work email is just page after page of swap requests!

Anyways, enough excuses... I'm here now, and this is where things get interesting. So far, you've learnt a little about the project and a little about me. But that's like the garlic bread and parmesan cheese in this delicious 2.75-year long meal. NOW, ladies and gents, it's time for the masterpiece. The steaming hot XXL stuffed crust Vegetarian Supreme with fresh dough, sliced juicy tomato and extra sweetcorn part of the meal. That's right, all the way from, well, my brain.... Partly plagiarised from other people.... And in no way near complete.... it's MY LIST!!!!!

I'll give you the entire list so far, and then dissect it afterwards. So.... here goes:

  1. Get a job as a pilot
  2. Declutter my possessions properly
  3. Go on a gameshow
  4. Get my paragliding licence
  5. Become a World Record holder
  6. Throw a dart at a map and go there
  7. Send 101 postcards via Postcrossing
  8. Go on holiday with a group of mates - 'Epic Holiday'
  9. Save a deposit for a house
  10. Take self-defence classes
  11. Camp in the Cairngorms (or similar) again
  12. Read through all my ATPL books again
  13. Go to a veggie cookery class
  14. Create a good interactive website
  15. Learn sign language
  16. Write a letter to myself at the beginning of the project to be opened on Day 1001
  17. Create a photography portfolio of some of my best pictures
  18. Copy all important VHS videos to DVD
  19. See Eddie Izzard live
  20. Learn to play some chillout tunes on my guitar
  21. Get a photo (old or new) blown up and printed onto canvas
  22. Make 5 items of clothing using EL-wire/LEDs/funky lighting
  23. Volunteer with an LGBT charity
  24. Be a film extra
  25. Get my list of '1000 Things' up to at least 500
  26. Become a crack shot with a rifle
  27. Help Mum to trace the family tree
  28. Complete the Couch to 5k program
  29. Run a 5k
  30. Learn how to draw cartoons
  31. Cycle from Crawley to Brighton
  32. Cycle London to Scotland (or vice-versa) staying in youth hostels along the way
  33. Cycle Lands End to John O'Groats ('End-to-End') for charity
  34. See the Northern Lights
  35. Drink 1 tonne of water
  36. Invent something that goes on sale to the general public
  37. Run a 10k
  38. Get horrendously drunk with my best mate
  39. Try out canoeing again
  40. Build a target board for my slingshot
  41. Achieve and maintain a healthy BMI
  42. Improve my rollerskating skills
  43. Skydive again
  44. Visit London as a tourist
  45. Visit a butterfly house
  46. Continue to fundraise for London's Air Ambulance up to £10,000
  47. Get a small tattoo (!?)
  48. Create a YouTube video that gets over a million hits
  49. Learn basic massage
  50. Finish sorting through my photos and videos, burning the saved ones to disc
  51. Send all my funny clips to You've Been Framed
  52. Turn £10 into £1000 by buying from charity shops and selling online
  53. Complete a course in a subject that interests me, but is completely non-work-related
  54. Watch 101 movies that I want to see
  55. Edit and upload my flight training video blogs
  56. Say Yes to everything for a day, then 3 days, then a week
  57. Mend a broken friendship
  58. Create something amazing with materials from, say, Hobbycraft - think Wallace & Gromit!
  59. Write and publish an e-book
  60. Take part in an 'It's a Knockout' competition
  61. Get some nice professional pics done
  62. Visit an Air Traffic Control centre
  63. Try 20 new youth hostels
  64. Take Dad flying
  65. Kiss someone in the rain
  66. Fly (uninjured!) in London's Air Ambulance
  67. Visit Canada
  68. ...

So that's it so far. First thing you'll notice is that, for a list of 101 goals, dreams, tasks and ambitions, it's rather bland after #67! The truth is that the list is a lot harder to come up with than I initially thought. 1001 days is a long time, but it's not THAT long. I've thought about having entries like 'Own my own home' and 'Go into Space', but I do think they're a bit far-fetched at the moment. That's not to say that I won't aim to achieve them at some point during my life... I just don't see them as achievable in the next 3 years. As the project progresses, the list will get fuller and closer to 101. It also isn't set in stone - some entries are almost certain to be taken off as I change my mind throughout the course of the 1001 days.

I haven't organised the list into categories, because I did it before on my first attempt at the project, and I didn't like the way it looked. Hence, you'll find that the more important ones are closer to the top of the list... they're the ones that I thought of first!

A lot of people undertaking their own 101 in 1001 are using it to get the motivation to do things they've been putting off for ages, and I also have a couple of entries that would fall under the same category (18, 40, 50 and 55 are a few). There are also some items that I've never really seriously considered before (7, 33, 54 and 63 come to mind), but which seem to fit in with the spirit of 101 in 1001 quite nicely. All in all, a good mix. As I come up with more entries for the list, I'll add them, but to the bottom of this post.

Over the next few posts, I'll explain some of the entries individually in more detail, and update you on the progress I've made so far.

That's all for now. Feel free to add your comments, opinions and suggestions below. I'll try not to leave it so long until my next post :)


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