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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Can You Follow Instructions?

It's an oldie, but a goodie.  This is an exercise I have used as an ice-breaker/time filler at training sessions and events and have also tried it out on my teenage children with different results from each of them.  You will need a piece of paper (any colour, any size) and a writing implement (crayon, pen, pencil).

Photo credit: Kristian D - Flickr



1.   Read everything before you do anything.
2.   Put your name in the upper right-hand corner of the paper.
3.   Draw a circle your first name.
4.   Draw five small squares in the upper left-hand corner of the paper.
5.   Put a X in each square mentioned in number 4.
6.   Draw a circle around each square.
7.   Sign your name in the centre of the page.
8.   Under your signature write, 'yes, yes, yes'.
9.   Draw a circle around the first 'yes' and the third 'yes'.
10.  Put an X in the lower left-hand corner of the page.
11.  Draw a triangle around the X that you have just written.
12.  On the back of the page multiply 70 x 30.
13.  Draw a circle around the answer.
14.  Loudly call out your name when you get to this point in the test.
15.  If you think that you have carefully followed instructions, call out... "I have carefully followed instructions".
16.  On the back of the page add 107 and 278.
17.  Underline your answer twice.
18.  Count in your normal speaking voice from 1 to 10.
19.  Clap your hands three times.
20.  If you are the first person to get this far, call out... "I am the leader in following instructions".
21.  Now that you have finished reading carefully, do only questions 1 and 2.