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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

msrisotto Tue 07-May-13 09:56:50

They're very money driven aren't they? Stop worrying about money, go on two holidays a year, earn more than your age etc

MirandaWest Tue 07-May-13 09:59:31

Sme of them are rather contradictory. And visiting all of Britains historical landmarks would take a lifetime I think. Some are rather too woolly like "be able to keep the kids on the straight and narrow" - what does that mean anyway?

ShowMeTheYoni Tue 07-May-13 09:59:45

They are very much in contradiction of each other. Don't worry about money, yet holiday twice a year. Don't care about what other people think, yet, be well thought of by family etc. And not everyone has a stone to lose! It's a bit of a shit list. We should make our own

purits Tue 07-May-13 10:07:59

51. Stop reading The Times.

I hate that paper. That section in the magazine called how to spend it makes me want to vom

exoticfruits Tue 07-May-13 10:28:46

It was a just a survey- I think a lot of people are money driven and see success in terms of money so that is what they came up with. Some you are going to struggle to manage- it would be lovely not to worry about money but most people(even those who have it) are going to have to worry about it.
I think that it would be very easy to come up with a better list.

cory Tue 07-May-13 23:57:35

Lose a stone in weight is really only desirable if you have a stone of overweight in the first place.

And the goal to stay married for 20 years is not easily compatible with the one night stands and snogging the stranger unless you make sure to get them in the right order.

Reach desired career peak by 40 will depend on the career in question: fine if you're a ballet dancer, less likely if you're aiming at the papacy.

Earn more than your age- is that in pounds? Per annum? I think I can just about manage that. grin

VerySmallSqueak Wed 08-May-13 00:04:01

Visit at least 25 different countries shock

That's an awful lot.....

VerySmallSqueak Wed 08-May-13 00:07:41

I've done less than thirty and not the best ones either.

But I've done of them way more than once,if that counts (snogging strangers and having all night drinking sessions spring to mind blush )

VerySmallSqueak Wed 08-May-13 00:08:24

done some of them....

Startail Wed 08-May-13 00:23:21

Trouble is since I married my first sexual partner over 20 years ago, I might get in trouble for having a one night stand.

Jinsei Wed 08-May-13 00:26:47

Hmm, I've done around half, or maybe a few more, depending how you count them. What if you've lost a stone and then put it back on again, for example?!

I don't think it's a great list, but perhaps I ought to make one of my own!

exoticfruits Wed 08-May-13 07:18:46

They only asked 2000 adults aged 18-65 what were expressions of living life to the full and these were the top answers. It is no wonder some are contradictory. It isn't the list I would have, although some would definitely be on there.

OrangeLily Wed 08-May-13 07:48:24

Bullshit and designed to cause guilt

turkeyboots Wed 08-May-13 07:51:56

Why reach career peak by 40? When I am 40 will have another 28 working years ahead of me, don't want to have peaked by then and face 28 years of boredom...

ssd Wed 08-May-13 08:12:40

agree it is very money, have experiences, live each day like the last, dont worry about money...........did they ask anyone with a job/mortgage/bills........or just the idle rich who can live how they want?

MadCatLadyInWaiting Wed 08-May-13 08:17:50

I have my own list of things to do before I die. It has things like "build a snowman taller than me" on it. I'm ticking things off and having a wonderful time doing it, without guilt about losing a stone or reaching a career peak hmm

Trill Wed 08-May-13 08:23:02

Meh. I'm not a fan of lists like this.

LeonieDeSainteVire Wed 08-May-13 08:23:49

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Trill Wed 08-May-13 08:25:17

Who did they survey? I'd like them to survey some people who are actually about to die


MrsPresley Wed 08-May-13 08:29:48

I think this is a load of rubbish and very much open to interpretation.

Just to take a few of them...

3 Take two holidays a year...I've done this twice and one year had 3 holidays, most years it is only 1 though!

29 Leave money for the grandchildren ... No problem, I can leave them £1 each grin (and I thought it was things to do before you die, surely I have to be dead to leave them money)

34 Travel alone... I travel to work on my own every day grin

TBH, there's loads more, but I don't have the time to go through them all I need to get ready for some more travel

Trill Wed 08-May-13 08:35:11

It's interesting in a "things that people say when you ask them what to put on a list like this" sort of thing.

I'd like to see a larger survey and see how the "thing to do before you die" change with age.

Andcake Wed 08-May-13 08:42:15

A rubbish list as something to aim for but interesting as a lost of what people 'want to do'.
Money and family focused with a bit of travel. But the 'be married for 20 yrs' what a rubbish goal- it should be about being happily with someone that long.

PetiteRaleuse Wed 08-May-13 08:51:00


ChewingOnLifesGristle Wed 08-May-13 08:55:24

Lol.. No1 on the list doesn't really fit in with the rest of the list in that most of it requires a lot of money to achievegrin

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