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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  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 new a career path or additional income stre

A "Golden" Moment

I've just been driving three boys - aged 10, 11 and 12 - to the local leisure centre so that they can go swimming. I had the radio tuned to the local station and was listening to the presenter announce that the travel update and news would follow the next song.

The opening bars of one of my favourite 80's songs drifted from the speakers and I started humming along quietly.  As the chorus approached I heard a murmuring of lyrics from the back seat of the car... then, all of a sudden, I was treated to a chorus of voices singing:



"GOLD! ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOUR SO-OOOUL. 
YOU'VE GOT THE POWER TO KNOW, YOU'RE INDESTRUCTIBLE... 
ALWAYS BELIEVII-IING..."


Ah, kids of today - they know a good song when they hear one.