The start of a year encourages me to think about new things. I’ve just read Hails’ list of 101 things to do in 1001 days and it reminded me that it was time to create a new list. It will take me a while to complete this, as I find it hard to come up with 101 things , but I do love the idea. I only managed to put 60 or so things on my last list, but the actual number doesn’t matter so much as the fact that having this sort of a list motivates me.
My lists always end up being dominated by travel. Last year I managed to see Rome, Seoul and Melbourne, but I haven’t made any holiday plans yet for 2013. I dream of seeing the statues on Easter Island, the Northern Lights, and the Galápagos Islands, but I think it will need quite a bit of planning to actually manage to do that. On my list I also have the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef, and Uluru – all places I have started to make plans to see.
There are non-travel things on my list. I want to improve my Japanese and my ability to write English. I want to find better ways to deal with my email and my to-do lists as at times I feel like I’m drowning in unanswered email. I want to learn how to make gluten-free bread as I crave beans and toast. But most of all I want to make good use of the time I have in 2013.