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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

This Little Girl Is Me

This Little Girl Is Me : a picture of me when I was a toddler, sat on a wicker chair holding a red soft toy bunny

This little girl is me.

She had big ideas and huge dreams. She wanted to smash all the stereotypes and really did start making waves by being one of the first girls to join the traditionally all-male "Air Training Corps". She wanted to be a pilot in the RAF. She wanted to be a successful athlete.

Over time, her confidence was chipped away because people didn't believe in her. They didn't give her the encouragement she needed. They laughed at her for lots of reasons, including some that she had no control over; changes couldn't be made.

But life has a way of presenting a path that provides challenges to mould a person you never thought you could be. There are opportunities that you would never have considered. Success cannot be defined by one action or outcome - it is a collaboration of many events.

And that is where I am at right now.

I am not where I expected to be at almost 50 years old. I didn't expect a car accident to stop my promising athletics career when I was 16. I didn't expect my RAF medical to turn out the way it did. I didn't expect to find out I was pregnant at 18 years old. I didn't expect to spend my what I thought should have been an important time in my career raising children and supporting someone through intense mental health issues. I didn't expect to be able to restart my career when I was was 35. I didn't expect to be a grandmother when I was 36. I didn't expect to have lost both my parents by the time I was 49. I didn't expect there to be opportunities to still change who I am at this stage of my life.

Next year this little girl is 50 years old and she still doesn't know what's around the corner but she's excited to find out.

Read more #ThisLittleGirlIsMe stories on Instagram which is a campaign created by Miriam Gonzalez Durantez