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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

And now he is an adult...

It is always hard to find the words to describe Michael... 

Quiet... but loud
Intricate... but simplistic
Gentle... but harsh
Deep... but humorous 
Clever... but unassuming


Happy 18th Birthday, Michael.

I always worry about Michael on his birthday and he, in turn, worries about me.  Mum died on his 11th birthday and her anniversary is always on my mind.  She is never forgotten but I now realise that I can think about her and remember her every single day if I want to and her anniversary should never over-shadow Michael's special day. She would have been so proud of the way he has grown up (... and up, and up, and up - he's almost 6 ft 6 in now!).

I wrote this last year.  I feel very differently now, even after just one year.  I am not sure why.  Maybe I am more positive about my life and something has just *clicked*?