Thanks to Crunelle H!
Like London but with American accents. Actually… everyone I knew in London had American accents anyway.
- Live with a to-go cup of coffee permanently attached to your hand.
- Order EVERYTHING. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, wine, shopping, clothes, weed, sex, love, movies, order ANYTHING anytime.
- Say, “I’m going on a yoga retreat.”
- Say, “I can’t sign any contracts this week because Mercury is in retrograde.”
- Say, “I’m looking for a healer. Do you know a good healer?”
- Use Oh my god to open or conclude any sentence to express sadness, joy, surprise, anger, boredom, pleasure. Oh my god yes!
- Say, “Oh my god we haaaaave to get some coffee together!!!!” and then never ever text.
- Not see your friends for three months even though you live on the same street because everyone in the world is too busy.
- Almost lose your sh#t because you just realized that the dinner you just said yes to is in BROOKLYN. Ugh.
- Bitch about how everyone is too busy and then hear some guy say, “Dinner?! Yes of course! How does three weeks from now sound to you?” after looking at his planner.
- Spend three weeks planning said dinner, send 3543 emails to get 4 fu#*%g friends together, an hour on the phone with the restaurant to get a good table at a decent hour (Ok, just, any table. Okay, 9:30. Ok.) and then…
- Cancel at 9:27 because “Oh my god I’m just so tired. Would you be upset if…”
- Give everyone the biggest hugs like you’re BFFs that haven’t seen each other for three years even if it’s only the third time you’ve ever met someone.
- Say “OMG I LOVE YOU” to someone you think is nice.
I’m doing 50 Things for a couple reasons. It started as a way to motivate myself to get out and DO things. All the things I started putting off when I became a true Londoner caught up in the grind of everyday life. The touristy things, the things that cost too much money, the things I didn’t do because I was working or tired. Life is like that - as much as you try to keep it fresh, to keep your interests blossoming, it’s hard to do that above and beyond your every day existence.
Here’s a classic example: I had a bottle of whiskey sitting in my kitchen for years. It’s quite a nice bottle and I always thought, I’ll save that for a special occasion. What was the occasion I was waiting for? I don’t really know, to be honest, all I know is that no occasion was good enough for my whiskey. Until I looked at it one day and realised that I was moving countries soon and if I didn’t crack into it then, when would I?
I shared the bottle with Will, Carla and Alex, some good friends of mine. Alex and I drank whiskey, ate roasted almonds and watched She’s All That on the couch. That was the occasion. And this list is like that - a reminder to enjoy things while you have them, because eventually they will go bad or end or they just won’t be there to enjoy anymore.
What a great few months I’ve had making the most of the time I had left in London. I’ve eaten at nice restaurants, seen beautiful art, had some amazing drinks, wandered areas of the city by myself, travelled, experienced things.
Maybe this will inspire you. Make a 50 Things ________ ! Do it for yourself, you don’t need to be leaving your city. Plan a trip, take some pictures, get out there.
The last five years have been so incredible and so many people were really against me picking up and moving to another continent. But I’ve lived in Notting Hill (and Camden! And Lewisham!) and I got a masters degree and I’ve been a music journalist and a diplomatic consultant (!) and met some celebrities and noteworthy people and made friends with some of the most interesting people in the world and travelled to 15 or so countries and I have a great boyfriend and I’ve just grown into myself in a way that is so special to me that I’ll never regret taking that risk.