I’ve moved back to London and I still haven’t decided whether to go back to Perth for good at the end of the year, or just for a couple of months to celebrate my brother’s wedding. I kind of thought that being back in Perth would help me decide once and for all, and I thought it had, but when I got back to London I’ve become all confused again. The problem is that both options are good! I’ve got the ridiculous privilege of being able to live for as long as I like in two first world countries, and of course it’s the case that when I’m in Perth I feel like I want to stay in Perth, and when I’m in London I feel like I want to stay in London. I watched a TED Talk once about making decisions and upshot of it was that when two options are both objectively, quantifiably good, then the decision has to be made in terms of how each one relates to your identity. Which opens up a whole other can of beans! So, I’ve decided to live as though I might be leaving London for good sometime before November. And put off the decision until…sometime, later…
Obviously when you live in a place for going on 6 years, you start to take it for granted. You go to and from work, and if you’re me, you accept invitations to things other people have organised often enough that you’re busy and drunk enough to stave off any alarming (but necessary) introspection. You have so many proactive friends, that you change over time, from someone who used to actively pursue experiences that made you happy, to a passive participant in other people’s plans.
No more! I am the protagonist in my own life! she internally screamed as she bought a $30 notebook with BUCKET LIST embossed in gold on the front cover. If not now, when? resonated the tag line within her bones, bones whose age fell perfectly within kikki.K’s target demographic.
So far on the list (the G – M15+ rated ones):
- Eat dinner at Dans le Noir
- Go on the London Eye
- Eat at The Ivy
- Visit Stone Henge
- Visit Bath
- See the white cliffs of Dover
- See a stag beetle
- Hold a hedgehog
- Visit 2 – 3 Eastern European countries
- Feel in love with my room
- Lose 5kg
- Organise a night out and be the one ‘in the lead’ – navigate!
- Do an oil painting
- Visit the Tower of London
- See the changing of the guard
- See a show at The Globe
- Go punting
- Visit the Zoo
- Flip the bird at Tory wax figures at Madame Tussauds
- Visit some of the hidden Roman Baths in London
- Do a copywriting course
- Do a TEFL course
Updates as completed and any bucket list tips welcome!