101 Things

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

Maya Angelou

I recently discovered Greig Trout’s mission and. although I may not be a cancer survivor, I decided to take his idea and run with it.  You see, I feel like I have survived.  I live with a condition which can be fatal.  I have mental health problems – several bouts of depression and a generalised anxiety disorder – which could easily have destroyed me.  At times the world seemed bleak and empty, a dark place of no hope.  I have been lucky and each time I have had a relapse I have had people who were around me who helped me get help when I needed it.  I still need reminding that there are things to look forward to, especially on the days where I feel like I am teetering on the edge and so I am compiling (and ticking off) my list of 101 things.

Everything on my list is something that I think I can do if I put my mind to it and I don’t have a full list of ideas yet.

Note: My 101 things to do when I survive list has things in it which I have already done before I even thought of writing it all down here.  I have still included them as they are a reminder that I can accomplish.

So here’s the list:

  1.  Visit Galapagos Islands
  2.  Visit Iceland
  3.  Travel to every continent on Earth
    • Europe – seeing as I live in the UK I am imposing the restriction that I need to have least step foot in all of the European countries before I can tick this one off.
    • North America
    • South America
    • Africa
    • Asia
    • Antarctica
    • Australia
  4.  Stand on a glacier
  5.  Climb an active volcano
  6.  Sea kayak at least one of the Thai marine national parks
  7.  See a Blue Whale in the wild, in person
  8.  Swim with a sea turtle
  9.  Buy my own house
  10.  Learn Spanish. Properly. So I can actually have a conversation.
  11.  Play bass guitar in a gig.
  12.  Go on a Tai Chi retreat
  13.  Have a summer of festivals
  14. Attend a Holi Festival of Colours
  15. Get that tattoo fixed
  16. Write a book and get it published.
  17. Complete my MSc
  18. Visit Rome & Pompeii
  19. Spend some time in the Harajuku district.
  20. “Underland” my garden (properly, my own garden, not somewhere I am renting)
  21. Swim with a Whale Shark.
  22. Stand on the Greenwich Meridian.
  23. Cross the Greenwich Meridian/Equator intersection.
  24. Stand in two countries at the same time.
  25. Stand in the Northern and Southern hemisphere at the same time. Done:  25/11/2013

    Standing across the Equator

    Standing across the Equator

  26. Stand on the shore of all the Earth’s oceans:
    • AtlanticI was born, raised and currently live on an island in the north Atlantic. Right now I live on one of our Atlantic facing coasts so I think it’s safe to say I can cross this one off.
    • Pacific
    • Indian
    • Southern
    • Arctic
  27. Find all the rivers named in the “Rivers of London” series.
  28. Complete this list.