Have you seen the “30 things to do before I’m 30” lists that are going around? I quite like the idea, but I don’t want to join in; it both seems like a fantasy wishlist and I’m actually 30, so it’s rather impractical for me. However, I did come across a lovely idea from my friend at Pastry & Purls:
So, though I didn’t make a list of things I wanted to do before I turned 30, I would still like to make a 30 before 30 list – things I have accomplished or am proud of in other ways. Some are funny, some random, some serious, but all are important to me. I’ve found this a great way to put my life in perspective, and I hope it might inspire you to do the same.
I’m going to put a slightly different twist on this (mostly because my brain can’t find thirty things I’m proud of…hi, depression!) So I’m going to do three lots of ten; things I’m proud of, experiences I’ve had, and weird facts about me.
10 Things That I’m Proud Of:
- My MSc Information & Library Science degree, and in particular my dissertation on tagging in social media – really hard work, and I’m proud of it.
- My writing – primarily the GreenSky series, but everything else too!
- GM’ing; I’ve gone from complete novice to someone who can give GM advice and plays good games in just two years. I want to get better, but I really love that I can do this.
- The pub; we own our own house and we’re renovating it. It’s such a weird, wonderful and character-filled building!
- Surviving and living with depression. I struggle with this every day; it’s not an illness that I can ever get over, but I’m really proud of myself for getting through five bad episodes, and for still being here at thirty.
- I can sing! After being told as a teenager that I couldn’t…I can. So there.
- I make decent cakes – and I like eating them. Nom nom nom.
- My editing work. I love being able to read other people’s writing and help them improve; I love being able to spot the weak points, make them stronger, and then apply that to my own work. I love copy-editing and proofing (for all that it’s really hard work) and love being given the chance to edit!
- My friends and family. I’m really proud of the people around me; I’ve surrounded myself with some of the most wonderful, amazing, brilliant and loving people that I could ever want.
10 Brilliant Experiences That I’ve Had:
- A thunderstorm at Seal Rocks in Australia; it rolled right overhead as we were in the camper van…
- Bats flitting around at Angkor Thom.
- Sailing over to Guernsey and doing The Race.
- Driving the Frog in the rain! I got absolutely soaked and it was brilliant fun.
- Walking round the pub for the first time.
- Running around Barbury Castle with my Swindon friends and squeaking at all the features (history nut ahoy!)
- Walking through Salisbury Close on my way to school for two years.
- London at night…
- Chesters Fort at Hadrian’s Wall – and the bath-house particularly!
- Edinburgh – just all of it. I love that city!
10 Weird Skills or Things Wot I Has Dun:
- I own a replica 16th century battle crossbow. It’s definitely replica as the trigger’s made of Bakerlite…
- I can tile a floor!
- I also know how to skin a rabbit. Pro tip; don’t shoot them with a shotgun. The pellets don’t add to the subsequent flavour.
- I’m a fairly competent potter. I did pottery for about ten years, and I can still throw – admittedly usually it’s a wonky pot, but hey, I haven’t done it for a while.
- I can read a hydraulic pump diagram and talk engineering fairly happily. Tensile strengths, bar pressures and o-ring materials all make some degree of sense…
- I’m pretty good at military history; my favourite areas are Second World War and classical history, but I can also talk Napoleonic Wars and First World War in a scary amount of detail.
- My wedding ring is made of titanium. The party trick is to get people to try to squash it 😉
- I wanted to be an archaeologist when I was younger. I’ve dug up a skull, helped excavate a Roman villa, thatched a replica Bronze Age hut, learned to knap flints, met Phil Harding, been on Time Team and I can do archaeological find drawings.
- I read at about 850 words per minute – so not a speed reader, but pretty fast!
- I like snakes, and spiders are ok…my phobia is being trapped underwater, mostly thanks to a lot of sailing as a child (it never happened but it’s a reoccuring fear).
There y’are! I’m a third of the way (hopefully) through my life, and I’m doing pretty well. Here’s to another thirty years!