One of the silly little Christmas prezzies I got Gill was a pack of cards.
But not a normal deck. These cards contain a list of 500 Totally Extreme Awesome Out There & Radical Things To Do. “The ultimate list of 500 EXTREME things that just have to be done at least once. WARNING! Not for the faint-hearted.”
The original idea behind this blog was to share the spirit of a vibrant post-work life with you. With that in mind, have a crack at some of these ideas from Gill’s special cards. Some of them really are radical, extreme and out there. Gill has already done some of them. I’ve done others. Some are impossible….whatever your age. Some are just stupid.
Here are a handful to inspire/scare/appal you:
12 – hike Corsica’s GR20, Europe’s mountain trek (we’ve done a couple of very small bits, does that count? Doing the whole thing is a real challenge, but one that was always on our list. We’re not getting any younger though….)
497 – meditate every day for a year (Gill doesn’t slow down enough to meditate for 5 minutes, so a whole year would be a real stretch)
256 – take the bullet train in Japan (I’ve done that one – on business in the 1990s – but Gill can keep it on her list)
372 – start your own business (Gill started and ran South Minster Kitchens for 14 years)
398 – stand in a supermarket, pretending to do market research, preferably with an accent (I like this one: fun, easily achievable….and totally humiliating. Sainsburys in Godalming, you’ve been warned)
344 – mentor a youth (do Gill’s nephew Ben and nieces Jess & Lucy count? She’s always telling them what to do. Sorry, helping to steer them in the right direction)
44 – press to impress with extreme ironing – it really is a sport (unlikely…..Gill doesn’t even know where the iron lives. That’s my job)
480 – go to a train station and take the next train to its destination (love this one too. Also, go to an airport and take the next flight out…wherever it’s going)
479 – start a religion (an interesting challenge, but dangerous. The ones we’ve got already don’t seem to co-exist very peacefully)
211 – climb Kilimanjaro (woohooo…we’ve both done that one already. A painful tick)
154 – learn kung fu at Wudang Shan – but you have to become a monk first (I told you some of them are just ridiculous)
55 – ride on the outside of a tram in San Francisco (great excuse to book a trip to the West Coast)
345 – go to a naturist camp (no offence Gill, but if we’re doing this challenge, let’s do its sooner rather than later)
85 – climb Mount Everest (that might have stayed on the list….until a few days ago)
79 – walk hot coals in northern Greece (now this is timely….we’re going to Thessaloniki and Halkidiki in April. I think Gill should take up the challenge. Well, they are her cards)
457 – throw a tomato at an electric fan (ha! While it’s going, presumably. And preferably in someone else’s house, Gill)
OK, you get the idea. Fun, crazy, ridiculous, impossible…but also strangely inspiring. And the clock is ticking…..
Good luck, and enjoy the card game with a difference.