The transition from 2010 to 2011

Unquestionably, one of my highlights of the past year was my 2010 Firsts list. It became quite a talking point amongst certain friends, with some joining in to help me tick things off the list and others becoming inspired to create their own. In fact, it captured some people’s imagination so much that on New Year’s Eve/Day I was awoken in my sick bed at 1am by someone tweeting about it (my phone likes to tell me when people mention me in tweets).

Actually, that tweet asked the question that several people have asked in recent weeks and becomes particularly relevant in these early days of 2011. What will happen to the 2010 Firsts now that it’s 2011?

I’ve given this quite a lot of thought and this is what I’ve come up with so far…

Hands-down, this has been the best project I’ve got stuck into. It’s opened up a wealth of opportunities, got me doing things I’d never normally consider and actively encouraged me to achieve things within a certain length of time.

A lot of it has been to do with confidence building – saying “yes” to things that I’d usually back away from. (This is not to say that there aren’t situations in which one should just say “no”…)

Keeping track of everything I’ve done for the first time is a nice way to record the passing of a year and reminds me of a range of places I’ve been, things I’ve done and people I’ve spent time with.

I want to keep doing things for the first time, to carry on saying yes (when appropriate) and to set myself challenges for the coming year. So I guess the answer to the question is that I’m working on a list for 2011. Some of the list will be things left over from last year (like going to Paris and taking driving tests), others will be new things – but I’m not quite ready to share just yet. This means that if you have any suggestions, I’m open to them – but I’ll ignore anything I’m definitely not up for, like bungy-jumping.

Oh, and for the next few days I may amuse myself by reviewing the 2010 Firsts list. Forgive me, it will be both self-indulgent and tedious, but my mind is still befuddled and this will be a good way to ease back into blogging.


  1. Anonymous says:

    How about visiting southampton and staying at my house. Rx

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