50 things to do before you die.

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exoticfruits Tue 07-May-13 09:53:15

In the Times today-a list of things to do before you die-compiled by a survey. I can't say that I agree with them all but I have done more than 30 and have some still to do and some I have no desire to do.
How many have you done?
Would you add anything?

1 Stop worrying about money
2 . . . and about what other people think
3 Take two holidays a year
4 Enjoy the little comforts in life
5 Experience different cultures
6 Work to live, rather than live to work
7 Pay off all debts
8 Be true to yourself
9 Concentrate on what you have, rather than what you don’t have
10 Use money on experiences rather than saving for a rainy day
11 Make time for family and friends
12 Try all types of food
13 Find true love
14 Visit at least 25 different countries
15 Go outside more
16 Learn a new language
17 Be well thought of by family
18 Help a member of your family out when they really need it
19 Lose a stone in weight
20 Treat each day like it’s your last
21 Visit all of Britain’s historical landmarks
22 Book an impulsive holiday
23 Volunteer for a good cause
24 Take up a challenge
25 Go on safari
26 Blow a load of money in one shopping trip, just because you can
27 Learn a new instrument
28 Be married for longer than 20 years
29 Leave money for the grandchildren
30 Start a family
31 Earn more than your age
32 Have a pet
33 Drive a really fast car
34 Travel alone
35 Be able to keep the kids on the straight and narrow
36 Meet strangers
37 Move away from home to an unfamiliar place
38 Have a one-night stand
39 Pass your driving test
40 Get a degree
41 Rescue someone
42 Date someone exciting but completely wrong for you
43 Get a promotion
44 Reach desired career peak by 40
45 Have an all-night drinking session
46 Perform something on stage in front of others
47 Snog a stranger
48 Plan a surprise party
49 Try an adrenaline-packed activity such as sky-diving
50 Spend time with children, even if they aren’t yours

Yep, if I look at it loosely enough I've done all of those ... except I don't have any grandchildren yet (to leave any money to), I've not quite visited all of Britain's historical sites yet, or tried every type of food in the world confused - I've given that a good try though and think I have the attitude they're after !

So, been there, done that, what's next ?! grin

Tis a slightly odd list of "things to do" - it's more "attitudes to have" really isn't it ? And I think I'll have my own attitudes thanks, not yours Murdoch !
(He's still the owner isn't he ?)

Having had two children helps with the "loose a stone" - I think I've done it twice ! Doesn't help so much with keeping it off though grin

Oh, "lose" sorry

thermalsinapril Wed 08-May-13 09:18:54

"Before you die" is a bit unnecessary, isn't it? Unless anyone's going to do all those thing after they die (well you never know I guess grin)

Most of the list is quite glib and cliched, not particularly creative or original, and depends on having enough money "Stop worrying about money" and "Visit at least 25 different countries"!

thermalsinapril Wed 08-May-13 09:20:41

"even if they aren’t yours"

What is it with the use of "aren't" these days? Didn't it used to be "even if they're not yours"?

sydlexic Wed 08-May-13 09:23:56

I am more concerned with. The 50 things I must do before school ends, must stop reading this and do something.

thermalsinapril Wed 08-May-13 09:28:58

> That section in the magazine called how to spend it makes me want to vom

Yes purits. And there was another very annoying section called "How to Get Dressed"!

"Plan a surprise party" - well when my kids were three it was quite a surprise for them !

realtalk Wed 08-May-13 09:31:10

Actually travel is not so expensive. People think it is expensive because they stay in £150 a night hotels. So what do you expect? I've done 6 weeks round Europe for less than most people would spend on a weekend break.

thermalsinapril Wed 08-May-13 09:37:09

It depends how you define "expensive" I guess. I never go on "weekend breaks" and have hardly ever stayed in a hotel.

sarahtigh Wed 08-May-13 09:37:55

half the list seems reasonable like try new foods, passing driving test helping people in need, volunteering, learning something new like language/ instrument, willingness to travel live on your own, being true to yourself and content with here and now

other daft like driving fast car, others unlikely like rescuing someone

some contradictory like not worrying about money yet doing loads of really expensive things and leaving money for grandchild ... how to you force your children to produce GC?

others would be against some peoples moral standards like all night drinking session, one night stands etc

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Wed 08-May-13 09:41:59

I have actually been to more than 25 countries- was quite surprised by that when i added them up. My sister has been to 60 but did spend 2 years travelling. I guess it's what you prioritise- she doesn't have kids.

Yeh, I think you have to start early on some of them, they'd be more outrageous now !

As Zoe Ball said in a recent article I came across yesterday "We got kicked off the bus but at least we were on it" grin

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Wed 08-May-13 09:43:14

That came out wrong- what I meant was that its easier to be a professional travel bum when you have no financial or personal commitments

I've been to 28 countries, 22 of them in Europe smile
Also have two DDC's smile

Start early with the travelling, late with the DC's !

milk Wed 08-May-13 10:10:25

2 . . . and about what other people think
17 Be well thought of by family

10 Use money on experiences rather than saving for a rainy day
29 Leave money for the grandchildren

They contradict each other confused

19 Lose a stone in weight

I'd have a BMI of 18.3 which would make me underweight confused

This list is ridiculous!!!

wishingchair Wed 08-May-13 10:17:09

God I hate The Times. Almost as much as I hate these lists.

Peetle Wed 08-May-13 10:41:55

I don't want to drive a really fast car - I'd almost certainly have a really bad accident. And I don't want a pet.

"Pay off all debts", what, even Greece ?

"Reach desired career peak by 40". Well, I've missed that one and I never saw any vacancies for astronaut rock stars anyway.

badtasteyoni Wed 08-May-13 10:47:55

Alot of these make no sense to me - no.1 is only possible if you don't try to achieve 90% of the rest of them confused

thermalsinapril Wed 08-May-13 10:55:13

> "Pay off all debts", what, even Greece ?

grin

Taffeta Wed 08-May-13 11:02:11

What a crock of shit.

higgle Wed 08-May-13 11:50:28

I've done all of them ( with interpretation on a few) do I have to die now?

Yes, me too higgle Is it all over ?! smile

curryeater Wed 08-May-13 12:01:03

This is just symptomatic of the tragic waste of paper that newspapers are now - they are all just ad-rags.
Read that list and cross out the ones that translate to "spend some money on some company that advertises in papers like this". Then cross out the ones that are substantively meaningless. What's left?

boxershorts Wed 08-May-13 12:01:04

EXOTIC I cant stretch to 50 but I will have a go

See A prem League match Live.

Make life easier for my partner.

Do more longer distance writing

Have more patience when things go wrong

Keep my humour funnier without being hurtful to other people

Make at least one more visit to London Liverpool, Manchester
Scunthorpe and Hull plus Nottingham

Take trips to the seaside.

Offload most of my money before I die. Not easy cos we dont know
when we are going to snuff it

cheers

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