For Christmas, my brother got a copy of the Lonely Planet book 132 Seize The Days which explains how everybody in the UK has at least 132 free days (164 weekend days, 8 Bank Holidays and 20 statutory annual paid leave) and then goes on to suggest ways to make the most of them. These suggestions include visiting a Blue Flag beach, travelling West Africa by train, Island hopping in the South Pacific, partaking in a survival course in deepest Guyana and many many more. I, on the other hand, received Can’t Be Arsed :101 Things NOT To Do Before You Die which is a better match for my less ambitious mind (although it should be noted that I have already done quite a few of the 101 things).
Both books did make me thing that I should be doing more with my life especially after 2009, despite an interesting start, seemed fairly uneventful. My problem is that the big things never really appeal to me, I don’t really have any desire to run with the bulls in Pamplona or attempt the three peak challenge. This doesn’t mean that I’m completely lacking ambition I don’t want to waste my time doing nothing but it’s the small things I want to be achieving and when you have piles of unread books, unwatched DVDs and unplayed games not to mention a PVR which usually has around 70 items on it to watch, these small things do feel like achievements.
January is a foolish time to make any kind of resolutions and I never do, but from February I decided that I should be trying to achieve something, no matter how small, every single day. I don’t think the actual task is really the important part but I’m hoping that reflecting on each day and being focussed enough to attempt something everyday will ensure that I’m not letting time slip by. I did consider blogging each day what I thought I had achieved but I think that might be far too tedious for everybody. To start with I’ll be keeping things to myself which also has the advantage of if I fail and give up in a few weeks time it won’t be quite as obvious!