What’s happened to my 50×50 challenge?

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Way back in the mists of time, or in this post here I introduced my 50 things to do by the time I am 50 challenge. Since then I haven’t said too much about it, and the months have moved on. This means less time to actually do all the things that I was thinking about.

The whole point was a 50×50 challenge, so why have I not got much further? The easy answer would be to insist that life took over, that I got sidetracked with projects and other things. That would be true to an extent. However, the real reason has more to do with the ongoing direction of my life to a minimalist vision.

As I began to compile the list I couldn’t come up with 50 things to do. Even those that I had written seemed less important. Did I really want to do this, or achieve that? What things on the list were really important for my life? It was not a question of what I wanted to do, but what do I need to do? This is the mantra that has been guiding me as I decide what to have in my life. It made sense that it shouldn’t just relate to my possessions but my goals, desires and dreams.

So the 50×50 challenge is a no go. If there are things that I need to do, they shouldn’t need a nudge from a major birthday. I will just plan and action them. I will make myself accountable though. I think that is important. The list is no longer a 50×50 list but a list of things that I need to do. It could be called a bucket list, but it is more of a (rest of) life list, a life plan.

There is no more, one day, or by the time I am 50 I will have done, it is now all about I will do this, because this is my life.

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