One of the first things I did when I turned 40 was try out an afternoon nap. I had heard about them and was often advised to take them, especially when I had twins. But no, they didn’t come.
I realize now after relinquishing afternoon control just once, that naps should be made compulsory for all mankind.
Proverbs 3:24 ‘You’ll take afternoon naps without a worry, you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep.’ The Message.
I like numbers and this month I’m liking 40. I look around and 40 is everywhere – 40 winks, Top 40, Life begins at… and not forgetting this little number
Then there is the bible.
Full of fortiness – it rained for 40 days and nights, Moses was on the mountain top for 40 days, it took the spies 40 days to search out the promised land, Elijah was in Horeb for 40 days.
That’s a lot you say… there’s more, Goliath came for 40 days before being killed by David, Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness and Jesus was seen in the earth for 40 days after His resurrection.
With all of this mind I have written my 40for40 list.
Why? For me, 40 demands a time of revaluation. A time to consider. It’s like 40 has taken me by the scruff of the neck and among other things said ‘let’s have some fun girl’ this isn’t ‘things to do before I die’ this is ‘things to do in the next while’.
It involves people – my family and friends. I’m not doing these alone. Choose one if you like…except 25 – that’s an exclusive.
So here it is, the never done by me before list, I will aim to post a 40for40 update monthly!
1: Play 9 holes of golf – ‘I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles~G.K. Chesterton’ I’ll give it a shot
2: Go SUP boarding – hoping it’s not SDP or FOP boarding
3: Travel to Rome
4: Go to a spa in October – never been in October!
5: Run the Birmingham half marathon, now known as the Great Birmingham Run – October 23rd 2011
6: Drive from Seattle to San Diego – 2600 miles round trip
7: High tea at the Ritz – because it’s a British institution and it costs…wait for it… 40 pounds
8: Dine at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant – I like a revolution
9: Design new website for my Blog – michellecollins.org
10: Ski a black – to make my Auntie Steph proud
11: Grow own veggies – because it’s good and I live in the Okanagan
12: Join a Flashmob
13: Try Zumba
14: XC skiing – I’ve heard it’s better in small countries but I’ll give it a try
15: Go panning for gold – there’s a rush for this one
16: Go indoor climbing
17: Go on a famous winery tour – again. I live in the Okanagan
18: Home make a curry – confessions of a Sharwoods user
19: Have a family pillow fight
20: Go whale watching – I’m thinking Tofino
21: See a Shakespearean play – I’m thinking Stratford – to be or not be
22: Go fly a kite – I like a natural high
23: Go indoor skydiving – looks like fun, thanks Chan
24: Attend a monastic retreat
25: Sunset meal on the beach with Phil Collins – in the air tonight?
26: Watch Mama Mia live show – I love cheese
27: Make Sushi
28: Get a photo published
29: Try Planking – shows my kids just how very cool I am
30: Watch all of the Harry Potter movies – sorry, I haven’t seen them
31: Try a new recipe every month ongoing – ‘hooray’ say the Collins clan
32: Lazy morning in bed until 12 – one of the hardest on the list for me
33: Go on Daniel fast for 40 days – I cannot wait for this one – really
34: Take Emily and Jessica on a mission’s trip to Africa
35: Attend a laughter therapy session – with my Momma, I’m laughing at the thought
36: Clay Pigeon shooting
37: Walk a glacier – always helpful to achieve something that may not be possible for the great grandkids
38: Visit Ground Zero
39: Go to U2 concert – I’ve been told it’s compulsory
40: Holiday in Brisbane – also compulsory
Thanks for reading. What’s on your list?