Later in the week I came across the BBC's Class Calculator, a new system for categorising the status of the UK population on a wider sliding scale from that previously used but basically still rating everyone between marvellous to, well, the complete opposite of marvellous. I answered a series of basic questions about me and my friends only to be identified as 'Established Middle Class'. I must say, I was disappointed. It reminds me of suburbia, 9 to 5 and a Ford in the drive-way. Surely this isn't me. I don't even have a drive-way!
These two events might seem quite separate and unrelated but they've had quite a profound impact. They've made me think about me!
I realise that I don't have that single source of drive and motivation that runs through my life like letters in a stick of rock but, on the other hand I'm always on the look out for that certain something that will grab my interest and keep it...
My Personal Fad-history
One of my earlier (and arguably better looking) cakes
That's me in the middle of the shot swimming in the Liverpool Docks and below selling my home- made candles with my mum at a craft fair.
Whilst some of these have been just a flash in the pan, I've stuck with others for years and still partake in them to this day. Regardless of the time I've spent on each one, I have loved each minute that I've dedicated to anyone of these fads and, if led down that conversational path, I'll still chatter away with the utmost enthusiasm about the benefits of all of them to anyone who cares to listen.
Which brings me to the purpose of this blog.
I'm looking for a new interest.
For the next 52 weeks I intend to do 52 things that I have never done before.
Some of these may well turn in to fads, others may become habits or longer-term interests and others might make me want to cry and hide under the bed! I don't mind, I'm ready, I have a default position of 'yes' and I'll go along with almost anything providing that they are realistic, don't involve jumping from great heights (or anything over 50cm - I don't like jumping) or going upside down at great speed!
That's where I need your help.
I know a lot of interesting people (if you're reading this then assume I mean you!) and I'm sure you'll give me all the ideas and support that I need to keep this thing going. In return, I'll review my experiences every week on here for you to read.
Your suggestions don't have to be limited to just activities, I'm looking to do 52 new things within 52 weeks. This could be anything from ice-climbing to eating a banana. Really, I have never eaten a banana. So, if you ever see a post on here where I'm thinking of eating a banana, please help me I must be getting desperate, I need ideas!
There may be some people reading this who have stumbled across this blog and would like to be part of it but maybe don't know me. Well, to be honest, I don't think that there is that much to tell. I'm 30-ish and live just north of Liverpool in NW UK. I'm sure you'll find out more within the next year but for starters: I can't act, dance, sing, paint, and I'm not particularly physically fit but I'm the first to laugh if I make a fool of myself and I'll try anything. So, come on, suggestions please.
That brings me to the end of this post and the first of my 52 new things in 52 weeks:
Week 1: Start a Blog!Let's just hope that this isn't one of those short lived fads and I can keep it up for at least 12 months, otherwise this could be quite embarrassing.
I can't wait to hear from you.