September When It Comes

Daily Prompt: The Satisfaction of a List

Thinking ahead!

Thinking ahead!

I thought today I’d try something a little different with this blog – I know, I really live on the edge, don’t I! I’ve seen quite a few references to a Daily Prompt in the six months since I started this. So I looked it up and, funnily enough, it does exactly what it says on the tin. I’ve followed the site and now receive a daily email to tell me what the prompt is. As this is my first day, I thought I’d give it a go and see how it turns out. Today’s prompt is ‘The Satisfaction of a List’ and the encouragement we are given says:

“Who doesn’t love a list? So write one! Top five slices of pizza in your town, ten reasons disco will never die, three secrets to happiness – go silly or go deep, just go listy.”

Possibly a silly place to start – lists can be boring, can’t they? Or dangerous: when your partner encourages you to give her a list of women you’d like to make love to, mention only celebrities – saying ‘your sister’ isn’t a good idea. It’s alright though, I’m going to stick to something I know about – so that’s pizza, disco and happiness out then. Or maybe just two of them.

That's OK then!

That’s OK then!

As anyone who knows me or has read any of my outpourings will know, I retire in September Not that I’m counting, but it’s in 154 days’ time – see the month countdown in the sidebar! Being a good, organised sort of person – also known as a typical Virgo – I’ve started to think ahead to this and to what may happen to me afterwards. And I’ve made myself a couple of lists: one is of the things I intend to get, such as a car, and the other is of things I intend to do. Looking at this second list I think it tells you a bit about me, so I’m sharing it for your amusement, delectation or insomnia cure. The list goes:

  1. Book a holiday – USA, Canada, Barcelona, Venice, Paris, Amsterdam, etc.
  2. Learn something – cookery, creative writing, photography.
  3. Clear out the flat.
  4. Join the Art Fund.
  5. Travel in the UK in my new car – only to the nicer places, though, like the Lake District, Scottish Highlands, West Country, Cotswolds, Peak District. But not Stevenage.
  6. Take up ‘gardening’ – on my 3m x 1m patio!
  7. Put my desk together.
  8. Volunteer for something, help others.
  9. Keep in touch with friends at work.
Why I need a list!

Why I need a list!

Something of a mixed bag, really. Everyone travels when they retire, don’t they? I haven’t had a holiday away from home for ages, so I’d like to make up for that. But I’m no good at spending holidays just lazing on beaches, especially as I look like a cross between a beached whale and Mr Blobby 😦 In between spells of globe-trotting I’d like to be doing something useful and enjoyable with my time, hence the ‘gardening,’ learning and volunteering activities. Having spent a couple of years pondering the idea of moving back to Kent, where I was born, I’ve decided to stay here in Epping: it’s closer to my daughters and is so convenient for me to go to London for enjoyment, instead of work – galleries, museums and exhibitions here I come! And then there are the chores! I had very little when I moved into my flat five years ago, after the divorce, but seem to have acquired an amazing amount of crap since then. So I really do need to do some drastic tidying up – and as I plan to write and be organised and creative, maybe it’s a good idea to put together the flat-pack desk I bought in my first year here! And lastly, but by no means leastly, I’ve always been awful at keeping in touch with people, so maybe this time I make a proper effort with the good friends I’ve made in the past twenty years.

Is this what I have to look forward to? Shoot me now!

Is this what I have to look forward to? Shoot me now!

Apart from self-indulgence and my alleged attention-seeking tendencies, why am I telling you this? Simply: because I can! Cast your mind back to the reason I started this blog, i.e. my recovery from depression. A year ago I was still three months away from going back to work and I doubt that I could have concentrated long enough to write even a short piece like this. And I certainly couldn’t have put together the thought processes of planning ahead. So, as always, I’m sharing bits of me in the hope that they can help you: if you are a fellow sufferer or have another long-term illness, the message is ‘Hang in there!’ It got better for me, and I hope it can for you.

As ever, thank you for reading.

A final thought. If you’re wondering where the title of this piece comes from, it’s a Roseanne Cash song – a duet with her Dad on her album Rules Of Travel. It’s a beautiful, reflective song, which fits so well with my thoughts for September. Have a listen:

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