50 Things To Do Before I’m 50


50 things to do before I’m 50

(Written 12 August 2006)

As I’m fast approaching an age that is the outcome of 20+10 (no, don’t say it out loud – I’m not quite ready to hear it just yet!), I’ve been taking stock and although I’ve done some travelling and a fair old bit of living, there are things I haven’t done – lots of them! So, I thought it might be an idea to compile a list of 50 things to do before I’m 50 – giving me a good 20 years to do them all (which will mean I can save up money for some of the bigger ones, because I’m really going to need it!). It might seem like a long time, but I like to think I’ll beat the clock and some of the projects will be more long term, so the time will definitely be required.

I’m determined that there’ll be fears overcome (or at least faced), expanded horizons and a lot of fun to be had with these challenges and learning experiences. And no, you won’t find swimming with dolphins on my list – too many people have listed that as it is, so I aim to leave all aquatic mammals in peace.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s my own personal list of 50 things to do before I turn 50:

  1. Take a flight in a hot air balloon (this is a biggie, as I’m terrified of heights!)
  2. Take a cruise down the Nile
  3. Write a book and send it to publishers (obviously, the aim is to actually get it published, but I’m being realistic here!)
  4. Exotic foods: Try the following –
    1. Ostrich – COMPLETED!
    2. Kangaroo – COMPLETED!
    3. Crocodile or alligator – COMPLETED!
  5. Bake a cake from scratch (although I’m a very decent cook, I can’t bake to save my life and have never made a cake myself!)
  6. Read a book by an author from each of the countries represented in the Olympic Games (currently underway)
  7. Get a short story or poem published in a magazine or book
  8. Buy a house (we’re currently in a flat)
  9. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  10. Go to the top of the Empire State Building
  11. Meet a real Geisha
  12. Grow my own vegetables – COMPLETED
  13. Make an item of clothing (knitting a scarf doesn’t count!) – COMPLETED
  14. Learn to speak a foreign language (French is exempt from this as I studied that at school)
  15. Ride a camel
  16. Be present at a birth (human, animal – doesn’t matter which) – COMPLETED!
  17. Meet Terry Pratchett
  18. Get another tattoo – COMPLETED
  19. Learn to play a musical instrument (violin is exempt from this as I played when I was a kid)
  20. Donate a pint of blood (I’m terrified of needles and very squeamish about blood)
  21. Learn a martial art
  22. Take part in a sponsored run and actually run it, rather than walking
  23. Join a cult (not a scary one – I promise I won’t do anything stupid or dangerous that way!) – COMPLETED!
  24. Milk a cow or goat
  25. Get a title (I rather fancy being a Lady) – COMPLETED!
  26. Be in the front row at a Dream Theater concert
  27. Sing “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” in San Jose
  28. Draw a star with my name in it on the pavement outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (it’s in Hollywood, where all the big stars have their names)
  29. Watch a Bollywood movie
  30. Entice Dale to leave the country for a foreign holiday (he’s never been abroad)
  31. Take a trip on the Orient Express
  32. Sing “Just one Cornetto” in a gondola
  33. Take part in an archaeological dig
  34. Adopt an animal
  35. Grow a plant from seed – COMPLETED
  36. Interview a published author – COMPLETED! (see below)
  37. Learn to hang wallpaper – COMPLETED!
  38. Eat chilli in Mexico
  39. Buy shares in a company
  40. Go to a Chelsea FC home game
  41. Re-enact a scene from Gladiator in the Roman Colosseum
  42. See Eddie Izzard live – COMPLETED
  43. Sleep in a haunted castle
  44. See a Shakespearean play performed at The Globe Theatre in London
  45. Kiss the Blarney Stone
  46. Go to Shetland for Up Helly Aa
  47. Go white water rafting
  48. Ride a horse along a beach
  49. See a movie in an IMAX cinema – COMPLETED
  50. Watch all three films in The Godfather trilogy
    1. The Godfather – COMPLETED!
    2. The Godfather Part II – COMPLETED!
    3. The Godfather Part IIICOMPLETED!

So, there we go; 50 things to do before I’m 50 – I’ll chart my progress and tick them off as I accomplish them. Some of them will take a fair while to do, but others will be quicker and/or easier to get through. I look forward to the day when I can say I’ve done them all!

And if this prompts you to make your own list of things to accomplish, let me know – I’d be very interested in seeing it and hearing how you do!



  1. Sushi for beginners « Life gets in the way… said,

    […] so, I’ve become increasingly adventurous about the foodstuffs I’ll try (as part of my 50 things to do before I’m 50 I even tried kangaroo, ostrich and crocodile) and every now and then I’ll suddenly get a […]

  2. Red Baron said,

    I enjoyed reading yours, which I found because I’d done one too and decided to check if someone else had done the same.

    The pint of blood isn’t too hard (I’m the same with both needles and blood) take the crossword and your iPod!

    I guess you’ll still be saving up for the Chelsea game – treat yourself to a Fulham one, much nicer ground the Cottage and they rejected Stamford Bridge in the first place!

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