When I turned 50 last year I set myself up a list of things I wanted to achieve by the time I was 60. I tried to put a mixture of things on there. So there’s some FIRE goals, plenty of running related things and a good sprinkling of travel adventures in there. The challenge was always going to be balancing reaching FIRE with paying for these experiences. Luckily I have pretty frugal tastes, so a lot of the things on my list are either free or pretty cheap. Not so much the travel ones, but I’m hopeful I can get those done without breaking the bank.
It’s been a year since I first wrote my list, so it’s time to do an update on how I’m getting on with ticking things off. This was always going to be a fluid list. Ten years is quite a long time, and I’ve no interest in ticking something off a list that I’m no longer interested in doing. I imagine as time passes it will become obvious that I’m not going to get to some of the things on the list, either because of money or just running out of time. That’s where the 70 for 70 list that I’m already mentally planning comes in!
By my ready reckoning with 60 things to do in ten years I need to be something every two months to be on track. This really wasn’t possible during lockdown, so I had some catching up to do. Of course there are some things that I’m working on that will take years to complete, and it’s just a question of keep plugging away.
Here’s my updated list showing what I’ve done and replacing some original goals with new ones.
- Vogrie parkrun DONE A lovely run in a gorgeous setting, and with the bonus of getting me a V for my parkrun alphabet challenge.
- South Shields parkrun
Gibside parkrunWhinlatter parkrun. Sadly Gibside parkrun didn’t return after lockdown, but Whinlatter in the Lake District is supposed to be equally beautiful and just as brutal.
- Run a marathon (Again, but made a better job of it than I did last time) I have signed up for the Stirling marathon. It was supposed to be in October, but Covid has forced a delay until May next year. That gives my plenty of time for training. Yikes!
- Do an ultra
- Do a triathlon
- Become a parkrun tourist DONE
- Do parkrun A-Z I’m getting there. I still need an A, I, Q,R,U,Y and Z. I have a plan for all of those.
- Do the Granada half marathon
- Do 100 parkruns I’ve done 81 parkruns in total now, so I’m well on my way.
- Do 250 parkruns
- Volunteer 25 times at parkrun
- Run the Road to the Isles half marathon
- Do the Kielder Dark Skies run
- Do the Chariots of Fire race
- Do a parkrun abroad Probably combine this one with getting a Z for my alphabet challenge.
- Walk up Arthur’s Seat
- Walk the West Highland Way
- Cycle around Loch Leven
- Run the Loch Leven half marathon
- Learn a ballroom dance
- Finish the Duolingo Spanish tree I’m making very slow progress on this one.
- Write a book
- Do some volunteering
- Become mortgage neutral DONE. I don’t even think about this any more, but I was so happy to achieve this.
- Get my AVC fund to £50k
- Get my Equities fund to £125k
- Pay off my mortgage
- Go part time at work
- Learn to do the 3×3 cube without notes (again, and don’t forget how to do it this time)
- Do the cube in under 1 minute 30 seconds
- Climb Ben Nevis The plan is to do this next summer with my brother and sister.
- Climb Scafell DONE. I did this over the summer with my brother and sister. Absolutely loved it.
- Climb Snowden Same as Ben Nevis, we’re planning to do this next summer
Get the en suite doneDull, dull, dull. Don’t know what I was thinking with 36-39. Swim in a waterfall is the much more exciting replacement. I did a taster session on wild water swimming earlier in the year and I really loved it. Get the kitchen doneGo wild camping. I’m starting to put together a lighweight camping kit as all my stuff is fine for camping with a car, but a bit heavy for hiking to beautiful spots. That’s my next few birthday and christmas presents sorted! Get the bathroom doneHike the Hadrians Wall walk. My sister and I are going to do this. We walked part of it in the summer, but it would be great to do the whole thing, and the plan is to wild camp to keep the costs down and kill two birds with one stone in terms of me ticking things off my list. We’re currently thinking the summer of 2023 for this one. Get new carpetsWalk around Kielder reservoir. DONE. I did this over the summer with my brother and sister. I absolutely loved doing this. The 26 miles almost finished me off, but it was such a great walk.
- Go to Italy
- Visit Copenhagen
- Go to Russia This is in the planning stages just now. I’m hoping to go there next year with the kids. I originally was thinking that an organised tour would be a good idea as Russia just seems so unknown. Looking at the prices though I quickly decided against that. The current thinking is go for a week, splitting our time between Moscow and St Petersburg. We’re all trying to learn a bit of Russian just now. My older brain is taking a while to absorb the alphabet, but I love the sound of the language, so it would be great to be able to speak it a bit.
- Go back to Cuba
- Do a tour of the Scottish Islands
- Go camping in Europe
- Go to the Alhambra in Granada (again, but I love it there)
- Go to the German Christmas markets in Germany rather than Edinburgh
- Do a trip in a campervan
- Go to San Sebastián
Go to CyprusSwim in a tidal pool. We have a few in Fife and they look fantastic.
- Go to Canada
- See the Northern Lights
- Have a trip on the Jacobite Express DONE. The folks and I had a trip to Fort William earlier this year. The Harry Potter train most definitely did not disappoint. Fantastic scenery, and the whole day was just perfect.
- Stay in a wigwam
- Go white water rafting
- Watch the Graham Norton show being filmed
- Go out for a really good breakfast
- Go to a TEDx event
- Visit London
- Go to Gairloch and my favourite ever campsite DONE. I managed four days camping there during the summer. It was so great to be back and it’s just as beautiful as I remembered.
I’m very happy with what I’ve managed to get done over the last year or so. I’ve ticked seven things off my list, so am right on track for getting everything done by the time I’m sixty. Of course all the expensive stuff is still to do, but I’ll worry about that a bit further down the line. Worse case scenario I might need to shift some things to my 70 for 70 list when that gets up and running.