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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

Influenced by cartoons

I'm really surprised us children of the 70's and 80's are alive.  
After all, we're all influenced by cartoons, aren't we?

I mean, this leads to refusal of healthy food, demanding chocolate cake for breakfast and bad manners...
*massive fucking eyeroll*


...whilst this created strong, independent, upstanding members of the community




Let children be children  
They grow up far too soon

Wait until they come home soaked to the waist after being dared to do a back flip off a wall into the brook at the bottom of the park or they've had to jump into the canal to rescue a football that 'blew away'.... yeah, that!