A few months ago I had a complete panic over the things I had achieved since I moved to London.
More to the point, what I hadn’t achieved since my London adventure began.
I had of course packed a lot into my new home life. I had met Ali for a start, and following a whirlwind romance, we had moved into our cosy little flat together after just 6 weeks…
But aside from my relationship, I was starting to feel like life was passing me by again. A feeling I cannot abide.
Nearly 2 years into our relationship, Ali and I had also found ourselves in a bit of a ‘comfort rut’. Weekends would pass by and we had done the same old things.
I needed to feel that sense of adventure again.
So it was time to make some changes.
I had been living in London for 3 years and realised I had barely scratched the surface of it.
I have no idea how long we’ll continue to live in London, but I knew that if I didn’t start to make the most of it soon, I would regret it later on.
I sat down with Ali and told him I needed things to change, and he happily obliged.
And it was then that I started to make my ‘London Bucket List’.
So now, mostly at the weekends, we try to do something different and new.
It doesn’t have to be hugely extravagant, just different. Something or somewhere we haven’t tried or been before.
One of the first things I ticked off the list was riding what was formerly known as a ‘Boris Bike’. There is a cycle station just across the road from our flat, yet we had never tried to hire or ride one. So one weekend in August, we did just that. Admittedly it was a bit of a disaster (they are way more difficult to ride than they look and not that cheap to hire either!!). But we laughed a lot and were excited at having tried something new.
Another tick on the list went to our local coffee shop which turns into a wine bar in the evenings. It is only a short stroll from our flat, and whilst we had visited for coffee, we had never experienced the wine bar. We had become hermits in the evenings, so it was lovely to get dressed up, head to the wine bar, have a few drinks and some nibbles, and listen to a local musician singing and playing the guitar. We finished the night with a walk to one of our favourite London Bridges and we went home buzzing after a wonderful evening.
I haven’t actually added an awful lot to my bucket list yet, but we are enjoying plenty of new experiences.
In a way, it has become greater than the bucket list.
Sometimes the new experiences we need in order to feel more fulfilled are as simple as walking down a road we have never walked down before, trying a new cafe, or even trying something different at home, like a new recipe or learning a new skill, such as meditation.
For me, it doesn’t matter where I am in life, I need to experience the buzz of trying new things and going to new places. Plodding along doing the same old thing just doesn’t work for me. It makes me restless.
That’s not to say that I can’t be found vegetating in my flat over the course of a weekend. Of course I can.
However, after a weekend of vegetation, you can guarantee that I will be busy planning the following weekend, filling it with lots of new experiences…