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The fanciful 40 before 40

“Always go big,” so everyone (around me) says. I’d get all hyped up then come along yet another article chastising how this is psychologically unhealthy and unrealistic expectation et cetera. The inevitable doubt creeps in.

“Just look at how well – not – your last big listicle went. Pooof, bursts in flame,” chimes Miss Scepticism hidden within, rather sarcastically.

Oh, shut up.

In my head, Miss Cheerleader sings:

“I’m a shooting star, leaping through the sky
Like a tiger defying the laws of gravity
I’m a racing car, passing by like Lady Godiva
I’m gonna go, go, go,
There’s no stopping me…”

Why not chase an aspirational life? Most people do this in one way or another. What’s crazy ambitious for one may be too tame for someone else. Everyone their own limits and drives to push beyond these barriers. A wee committed nudge towards something I want to achieve feels infinitely better than letting the daily hum roll me along like a rag doll.

I have some 20 months to tackle this bucket list of 40 items so there’s no time to waste ;)

Things to (re-)learn
01 | Swim (without assisting gears)
02 | Drive, on the right, à la française
03 | Ski (or at least try it once)
04 | Play a musical instrument
05 | Sketch and/or illustrate
06 | Underwater photography
07 | Edit clips to create a video
08 | Basic Italian
09 | Homemade noodle and pasta
10 | Self-defense (Krav Maga?)

Boundaries to push
11 | Run a (Paris) marathon
12 | Dive with big fish
13 | Trek above 5000m (Kilimanjaro? Annapurna?)
14 | Trek in a desert
15 | Walk every Parisian street at least once
16 | Skydive or paraglide
17 | Double my current income
18 | Write a book
19 | Participate in 3 photography competitions
20 | Bake a perfect, non-soggy pastry

Personal growth and leisure
21 | Curate a travel photobook
22 | Get my 10K time to under 60 minutes
23 | See a performance (play, one-man show, etc) a month
24 | Visit an exhibition a month
25 | Try a new restaurant a month
26 | Make a signature sambal
27 | Get the DALF certification
28 | A photostory a week
29 | Complete a 30-day, 30-recipe challenge
30 | Volunteer

And of course, travel!
31 | 1 new continent: South America or Antartica?
32 | 5 new countries
33 | 5 new UNESCO heritage sites
34 | 3 new French cities/towns
35 | 1 French oversea territory
36 | Bike the Loire Valley
37 | Fjords of Norway
38 | See the Northern lights
39 | Go on a safari
40 | Join in a festival/festivity

Ps: if some of these look familiar, that’s because I didn’t get round to achieving them in my previous bucket list; in the spirit of not letting go until I know I’ve given a good attempt at it, they’re back :)

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