Things I want to do before January

As my life may change from January, I want to do several different, unusual, fun things (most of them, I haven’t done before).

1. Go to bingo
2. Go to the dogs
3. Go camping
4. Get a tattoo
5. Get a piercing
6. Go hitch hiking
7. Sleep under the stars
8. Visit 5 museums
9. Visit a castle
10. Go go-karting
11. Be a bridesmaid
12. Donate blood
13. Go to the theatre
14. Go on a bike ride
15. Do a car boot sale
16. Bake a rainbow cake
17. Have a movie marathon
18. Swim in the sea/ skinny dipping
19. Take a photo every hour for one day
20. Make a face mask
21. Do a ready steady cook or come dine with me evening
22. Eat cake without using my hands
23. Do tie-dying
24. Learn a new song on guitar
25. Go to Thorpe park or Alton towers
26. Watch the sun rise/sunset
27. Use a fake name at Starbucks
28. Host afternoon tea
29. Go fruit picking
30. Go roller skating
31. Write a letter and send it to someone random
32. ‘Post it note’ a car
33. Leave flowers on the door of a friend’s house anonymously
34. Go quad biking
35. Go jet skiing
36. Skate in a skate park
37. Make ice tea
38. Eat fresh eggs straight from a chicken
39. Do a puzzle
40. Watch a movie outside
41. Go to Arundel
42. Learn to juggle
43. Learn Spanish
44. Make homemade bread
45. Make homemade pizza
46. Drive a car in another country
47. Stand on the top of a car in public

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Overcoming fear – Playzone

Even though being a teacher you should be professional, it is good to let your hair down and act like a big kid (it’s best to do this where you won’t bump into any parents). This is what I did.

Not that far from me, there is a soft play area for adults. A group of us travelled by car but when we arrived, I observed many youngsters entering and felt slightly old. As we emerged in to the playzone, I thought how we were going to occupy ourselves for three hours. However, this was not a problem: we played tag, cooled ourselves down and enjoyed the slides.

The slides were immense: there was a small tunnel slide; a blue bumpy slide that entered into a ball pit; four narrow bumpy slides and a vertical drop slide from an enormous height. When I saw the final slide, I was shaking with fear but determined that by the end of the night, I would master the challenged. Some of my friends had conquered it: soon it was my turn. I climbed up the wooden steps; dragged my legs over the edge to push myself off; I looked down regretting this decision. With my heart banging out of my body and nothing to lose, I slipped off the edge; down the vertical slide, keeping my back as close to the slide causing a friction. After the initial fear, the rest was a pleasure, fun and exhilarating. I had done it: the vertical slide. Even after that first time, my heart pumped rapidly every time it went on it.

Sometimes it’s good to get out of your comfort zone and over come that fear niggling inside you as well as having fun as an adult, not thinking about the responsibility of a class.

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