Fifty Simple Things.

Scrolling through the Reader today as I normally do, checking out some great blogs that I follow, I noticed the Word Prompt today is Fifty.  Now sure it would be easy to go to the ‘Fifty is the new thirty’ angle, but I am choosing to leaving age out of this post.  After all, if age is nothing but a number, then why do we have to talk about it all the time?  Why is it even brought up when we point out positive things about someone?

So with that in mind, I thought I would point out 50 things that are doable.  What exactly does that mean?  Well, we all see the bucket lists of things to see before you die or things to do before you kick the bucket, but to be honest, they can be quite extravagant.  Not a lot of people have the means to travel all over the world to see all the wonders that are out there.  So I thought, there has to be 50 things that are doable.  Fifty things that we can achieve that will give us some sense of accomplishment and at least make us feel like we have been able to say ‘hey!  I did that! It was awesome’  Keep in mind, these are from my perspective.  Some things you may feel like they speak to you and others you may not, but you get the idea.  Why do we need to feel like we haven’t ‘lived’ if we haven’t been able to see the Great Wall or climbed Mount Everest?  Simple doesn’t mean insignificant.

  1. Get up early enough to see the sun rise and really take it in.
  2. Go to a perfect spot to view a sunset.  Get there before the sun sets and watch it happen. Even snap a few photos.
  3. Walk in the woods (just don’t get lost)
  4. Stand under a waterfall.  This may be easier for some of us than others.  We have tons around here so that one is checked off.
  5. Take a road trip.  Even if it is just for a few hours, but really, the longer the better.
  6. Learn a foreign language.  You can find so many website that will help you out with this one!
  7. Go swim in an ocean.  Again, may be easier for some than others to do depending on geography.
  8. Broadway show.  See one. (in many if you can) I know this one can be expensive, but if you have a trip budget, I would put New York City on your list and see a show.  You can score last minute tickets fairly readily right in Times Square.  So worth it.
  9. Camping. I mean tent camping, not trailer glamping.  Now, once you have experienced the tent camping, you are allowed to move on to more comfortable accommodations.
  10. Go to an art gallery and wander around, look at art, even if you’re not artistically inclined.  Just be amazed at what someone else has created.
  11. Go to a Drive In Theatre.  They are hard to find for sure but some are still around.  If you have kids, it is a great way to go to movies with them.  You pack snacks, pillows, blankets and usually there are two movies in a row showing so the value is definitely there.
  12. Tattoo.  This one may not be for everyone but if you have ever thought about getting a tattoo.  Just do it.
  13. Write in a journal for one month.  It doesn’t have to be the next best selling novel, just write what you thinking about, what you are feeling, what you are dreaming about.
  14. Try a winter sport.  Obviously there will some people that this will not apply to but if you get snow, instead of hybernating all winter, give a winter sport a try.  It could be skating, snowboarding, skiing, sledding or snowshoeing.  You will be amazed at how much more you enjoy the winter months.
  15. Concerts. Go to them.  I know this can get expensive but if you have to chose between buying a new sweater or jacket or getting concert tickets; get the concert tickets.  An experience is worth so much more than items.
  16. Go to an Oktoberfest celebration.  You may not be a beer drinker but you can’t help but have fun anyhow.
  17. Go to a cheesy museum in Niagara Falls (or Vegas).  They are so silly, you will have a blast.
  18. Learn to play an instrument.  Doesn’t have to be expensive lessons.  You can even learn online.
  19. Learn to play chess.  If it doesn’t drive you crazy, you’ll love the game.
  20. Walk in the rain.  No umbrella. Jump in the puddles. Get wet.
  21. Donate blood.  Well, because this isn’t just all about helping yourself live a better life. You never know who will be saved from your donation.
  22. Donate your time.  Again…for the same reasons.  Your time doesn’t cost you anything and someone else may really need your help and benefit from you.
  23. Ride a bike.  Sounds simple and maybe you do this everyday, but I’ve met adults who haven’t been on a bike since they were kids.  I think that is so sad.  Many cities have Social Bikes for rent so even if you don’t have your own, you can rent one fairly inexpensively.
  24. Lie on a beach on a hot, sunny day. (but wear sunscreen) If you live in a climate where your summers are way too short, you really have to do this.
  25. Karaoke. Ok, this one may have to involve alcohol.
  26. Surprise someone.  This can be with a visit or a gift, but the idea is to give someone who means something special to you something they were not expecting that will brighten their day.
  27. Teach someone something. This may mean a sport or a game or a skill or a language. You are sharing something you know and passing it along to someone else.
  28. Grow a garden.  It doesn’t have to be huge.  I have all my plants in window boxes but I had fun growing my own peppers, kale and tomatoes this year.
  29. Travel to a place where you can see the stars at night.  A lot of us live in populated areas where the night sky doesn’t get dark enough to really see the stars, but if you have travelled to places where the sky gets really dark, the stars are so much more visible.  It really is breathtaking.
  30. If you can, adopt a pet.  Not only will you be saving their life, you can even imagine the friendship you will get in return.
  31. Move away from ‘home’ for at least a year.  By this, I mean, live somewhere other than where you were born or grew up.  I don’t mean move back into your parents’ house after only being gone for a year.  They may not want you to.
  32. Take in a local festival.  Hey, most of us are the worst for taking in the tourist attractions in our home towns.  Most of the cities and towns in North America hold some sort of festival each year.  Maybe it is a fall or summer festival.  Go check it out next time, you will learn a lot about your home this way.
  33. Make home made food for people.  The internet is overloaded with recipes and there just is no excuse for not trying this one.  Invite friends over and make them something to eat.  They may not want to do it again, but at least you can check this one off.
  34. On the same note as the one above, bake a cake for someone’s birthday.  Decorate it and write their name on, just like they used to get as a kid.
  35. Read. Ok, most of us have read something.  But this time, pick a book you would not normally pick on a subject you wouldn’t normally pick.
  36. Buy a kite and fly it!  There is a reason why kids like kites.  They’re fun.
  37. Sleep in a hammock.  Seriously. Try it.
  38. Vegetarianism.  I may get flack for this one. But try it. Even if you can do it for a week or better yet, pick a day every week you do it.  You may find that eating vegetarian is pretty delicious and you’ll feel great.  So will the animals. 🙂
  39. Confront someone who has wronged you in the past. OOOHHH….this one. Now, when I say confront, I don’t mean anything violent.  I mean that sometimes we have left things unsaid that are left to swirl around your head. The only way to stop them sometimes is to get them out.
  40. Picnic.  This is easy in comparison to the last one!  Pack some grub and drinks in a bag and go out into a park and have a picnic.
  41. Go to Letterboxd or IMDB and pick a new movie to watch every night for one month.  Watch ones you have never seen before and from genres you don’t normally pick.
  42. Get a massage from a Registered Massage Therapist.  Freaking awesome.
  43. If you listen to your music by streaming on Spotify or Apple Music, chose a genre you don’t usually listen to and pick a play list at random.
  44. Try not to buy something new for one month.  Not including food, obviously.  If you can get through the month, try another.  You’d be surprised how fast you’ll save money and have less stuff.
  45. Don’t tell your boss I told you this, but call in sick once a year when you’re not sick.  Yeh, I said it.
  46. Take pictures with a film camera.  Most of us take digital now and we get the immediate gratification of seeing the picture and retaking it.  Try a film camera and see how much more selective you are with what you decide to photograph.  Then you get the added bonus of getting the pictures back once they are developed.
  47. Meditate.  This doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment or lead to a path of enlightenment.  It simply means to stop. Even if it is for just a few minutes a day.  Stop. Breathe.
  48. Have a beer or a drink on a patio on a beautiful summer evening.
  49. Visit your local farmers’ market for fresh produce.  Besides getting fresh veggies and fruits, it is an outing that can become a really awesome habit.
  50. Say thank you.  Thank those who help you out on a daily basis. Thank those who have helped you out in the past.  Let them know you appreciate them.

This list is pretty easy to find tick things off of.  Most of us do a lot of these things on a daily or weekly basis.  The idea is that you don’t have to have endless resources and time to be able to live a great life and find things to fulfill it.  You just need to acknowledge the amazing things you have in order to get the most out of them.

Let me know what you have done on the list or if you can think of anything else!

 

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