In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Finite Creatures.”
‘At what age did you realize you were not immortal? How did you react to that discovery?’
Like a lot of things in my life I can’t place exactly then something happened – I don’t know when I stopped believing in Santa, I can’t remember when I started being friends with some people and not with others, and I don’t know when I realised that life ends. When I was around 7 the first of my pets died, and that was when I realised that life doesn’t go on forever, but when I connected that to my own life is a mystery. But perhaps it doesn’t matter when you realise, but what you do after. And there is plenty I still need to do, although, there’s plenty that I’ve done to be proud of.
Things I Still Need to Do:
- Learn new skills – Like horse riding, playing acoustic guitar and learning new languages.
- Travel – I’ve been to some countries, like Italy and Germany, but I’ve never been to America, Asia, South America, Russia, Africa or Australia. There are so many countries out there. When I was younger I always thought how amazing it would be to walk down every street in the whole world, but I realised that it would be impossible, especially as I don’t have all the time in the world.
- Live in Italy – For at least a year I would love to move to Italy, but I’d also love to move to one of the lakes when I’m in my 60s, retire from whatever job I had and write novels from a study overlooking the water, then in the evening go for walks with the future husband, and watch the world go by.
- Listen to soul, blues and jazz in New Orleans
- Spend New Years in Sydney
- Go bear and whale watching in Canada
- Travel around the UK – One day I want to wake up at the crack of dawn, pack a VW camper van and take off for a year, travel around the UK and see the beautiful places that are on my doorstep.
- Glastonbury – I’ve been to some festivals but I’ve yet to go to Glastonbury. I plan on going in the next few years, but I also want to go when I’ve got long grey hair and go with my future family (husband, grown up children and grandchildren) and go ‘glamping’ and act like I’m a teenager again.
- Learn to drive – At 18 I should probably already have started to learn, but I haven’t really had the time, plus it’s never been too high up on my to-do list, but I’m planning to learn when I’m at uni.
- Go in a shark cage – Even after watching Jaws I’m not afraid of sharks and I would love to go in a shark cage and see Great Whites in their natural environment.
- See a dolphin in the wild
- Get a university degree
- Have my own house
And a lot more.
This is the only forever we’re going to have, so make the most of it!