Getting Perspective: An Experiment In Doing More Things

Hi. I’m new here.

Before the internet we just did things. Now we do them whilst blogging about doing them. It seems you don’t exist unless you have a presence on the internet so here is my fingerprint.

This blog was originally going to be a bucket list type thing. A few months ago the Evening Standard published this list of things to do before you’re 30. Everyone loves a list (including me). This one was ostensibly based around Beyonce announcing her pregnancy, but was really an excuse to publish a list of materialistic and contradictory cultural norms.

They advised readers to ‘build your brand’ by having 1,000 twitter followers, closely followed by the suggestion to drop out by becoming a yoga teacher. Or how about ‘dump the debt’ whilst also becoming the owner of a designer handbag? Yes, really.

It’s not that there’s anything wrong with aspiring towards those goals – before or after 30. But they are not the only things out there to do. And certainly not the most spiritually fulfilling (apart from maybe yoga). There are also plenty of other (more ambitious) 30 before 30 blogs like Celine’s 30 Before 30 Project and Stacking Pennies… but I decided to write my own anyway.

The original list that inspired the blog

I am not going to lie – I am quite afraid of turning 30, even thought it’s a fairly long way off. I once wrote myself a letter from my 80-year old self as part of The Artist’s Way encouraging me not to be afraid of seizing opportunities, but somehow it’s much harder to seize them in the present. I’ve decided that if I’m going to lie awake at night afraid that life is passing me by I’d rather do something about it than hope a zen-like wisdom will descend on the eve of my 30th birthday.

Hopefully this will be an excuse to do things and then write about them rather than a list-ticking exercise. Maybe I’ll abandon it completely and just blog about one thing. Hopefully it will inspire you to try a few new things too – or reconnect with some old things.

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