In December I really meant to go ice skating. I have this notion (having watching too many romantic comedies) that December will cast a magic spell, twinkling lights, carols and I will glide across the ice. The reality is that, I have the look of a new-born foal on ice. I can’t stand up on skates. At the end of November, I thought this will be the year and then failed to get around to it. New Year found me, not hosting my own party, but at someone else’s party (it was good). Neither of these things matter in the grand scheme of things, except they are on my Day Zero list at numbers 93 and 75. December passed and I’d failed to complete two tasks but hey – there is always next year. Except there isn’t.
Day Zero is a list of 101 things to be done in 1001 days. It began on 27th October 2011, which seemed like yesterday. It’s a while since I checked in and while I was convinced I had until July 2015. I don’t. My Day Zero ends in July 2014. December activities are blown.
Slowly, I’ve been ticking things off, the list lives in the back of my mind, just not the date. After a review, there are a few things outstanding. The Puffins at Skommer Island, currently they are away for the winter, coming back in March, leaving again July. There is a puffin window. The seals of Robin Hood’s Bay are now 275 miles away. The last time I was there in 2012, I didn’t see a single one. There is a bit of travelling that I need to do before July. Take the Eurostar, maybe with a tent as the plan is to camp in France. Add to that a holiday in Norfolk, a night’s stay in Whitstable and a weekend in Brighton.
My end date is 24th July, which means I might have to try to fit in Norfolk and France over Easter, taking into considering school holiday dates. I’m saying now, that’s unlikely. Let’s just say currently it’s not just time but finances that challenge this plan.
In 2011, I had all these ideas. I think I actually made more of a wish list. Without considering how do-able it was. Surely, I can fit Whipsnade Zoo and the Butterfly Park in?
Learning the Ukulele no longer appeals, or pony trekking. What was I thinking? Both officially dumped.
What I’ve learnt.
That there’s a difference between a wish list and plan.
Fitting everything probably takes more careful planning than anticipated.
Perhaps it’s worth thinking of Day Zero in terms of breaking it up into years and months. Maybe life sections; work/travel/home/personal/children. I think mine was more random.
People change, it’s ok to ditch things. Just because it’s on a list, who says I have to do it? (except ice skating, I still want to ice skate).
Day Zero tips gratefully received.