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Listography – 5 things I wish I could do.

This weeks Listography is being hosted over at Kate Takes 5, and she’s asking us to take a moment to think of all the things we wish we could do. This is a subject I could probably talk about for a fairly long time, as there is so much I still want to accomplish, but for now, here are five things from my list.

1. Write A Book

I thought I’d put the most predictable one first, as I’m sure most other bloggers feel the same, but this is a big one for me. I’ve had this urge to write for years, and though I can blog, I only seem to be able to write factually, for about 600 words at a time. Anything longer, or involving a plot, seems to elude me. I’m hoping for an epiphany one day, and when it hits, I’ll be able to sit at my laptop and let the words spew forth. Until then, I’m a blogger and frustrated author, taking it out on anyone who reads this!

2. Take Sausage To The Maldives

This may seem like an odd one to anyone who doesn’t know me, but Husband and I got married out there, and someone we met actually predicted the birth of our Daughter, to a scarily accurate degree! There’s also the fact that Sausage is absolutely obsessed with marine life, especially manta rays, and there is no better place on earth to see the underwater world than the Maldives.

3. Conquer My Fear Of Swimming Pools

This is a bit of an odd one. See, I have this fear of things that live in the sea, like a massively irrational fear, where if I’m in any body of water for too long, I get the heebeejeebies. So, whilst I enjoy swimming in a pool, and am a pretty good swimmer, I get scared. I also hate pools with any sort of pattern on the floor or sides, or even worse, ones with windows in the sides. But here’s where it gets weird. I’m actually not that scared of swimming in the sea…apart from that one time on holiday where a black tipped reef shark swam past me (okay, it was about 15 feet away) and I ran so fast that husband says I walked on water. But that was a one-off. I want to sort my fear out as swimming is great exercise, Sausage loves it, and a brand new olympic sized pool opened across the road from us, and I haven’t used it yet!

4 – Finish My Degree Before I’m 30

This may seem like an easy one, as I’m 26 now and most degrees take 3 years, but I’m doing distance learning through the Open University, which means that I’m not studying full-time, and am juggling it around, you know, having a life. It’s not the same as if I were at a university and going to classes every day. I’ve completed 2 courses in the last year, which has given me 75 points towards the final 360 needed, but sometimes it just feels as if I’ll never get to the end of it.

5 – Work Out What I Want To Be When I Grow Up.

When I started my degree, I had a really clear idea of what I wanted to do with it. My plan was to graduate, do my post-grad study and then go on to counsel families who’ve suffered a traumatic birth experience, and raise awareness for post-natal PTSD and other mental health conditions which are exacerbated by the feeling of loss of control during labour. These days, I’m not so sure. While I still feel passionate about the cause, and trying to lessen the risks associated with PNPTSD, I don’t know if I’m mentally strong enough to help others. I’ve been considering completing my studies and going into teaching as it will mean that I can have a career that will fit around Sausage when she starts school, but really, my heart isn’t in teaching, and I think it’s one of those professions that you should only go into if you’re passionate about it.

I wonder if there’s such thing as a careers advisor for a 26-year-old?!

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  2. Sounds like a great list. BTW. My puppy post was written tongue in cheek. 🙂 ALthough, I think I would rather have a rock on a lead……:)

    1. I’m so glad you were kidding, I tend to get up on my high horse about these things, so sorry if I was a bit brusque! 🙂 Maybe we could market the rock on a lead idea to people who have allergies or live in apartments?!

  3. I have the opposite swimming problem–okay with pools, but terrified of open water.

    I hope Sausage makes it to the Maldives with her Mama before too long. Sounds like a magical place.

    1. It’s incredible there, the nearest thing to paradise you’ll ever see. Husband and I have often joked that it’s ruined holidays for us as we’ll never find anywhere else as perfect as our island in the sea, everywhere else will just pale in comparison!

  4. Great List! I also want to finish My degree. I was studying archaeology & Geography at Uni when I lost my Mum nearly 5 yrs ago and couldnt cope with my studies.
    When I was trying to decide what course to do for my degree My Mum told me to do something fun with my life and to study something more upbeat. Mum had a Psychosocial degree and worked for social services…she warned me its a tough job mentally and very very stressful and too avoid anything like this as a career. Im sure you will be a success at whatever you decide to do x

    1. Thanks for the kind words. Your Mum sounds like she was a very wise, and very kind lady. I had thought of becoming a social worker at one point, but honestly didn’t think I could cope with all the things I would see and hear, especially in relation to kids. I decided it wan’t for me, but managed to fill the hole by volunteering at a Child Contact Centre, which is where parents who have court orders in place go to have contact with their kids.

      It was sad to see so many kids in that situation, and the different reactions they’d have. Some clearly idolised their parent and would run into the hall, open armed. Others had obviously seen to much, in the way of domestic abuse, and would just play with the toys and games, having as little to do with the parent as possible. I had to give up after about a year as I started to feel as though I had become jaded, deciding against marriage and kids if that’s what it did.

      Fortunately, I changed my mind on all that! Thanks for reading.

    1. I think most bloggers would love to be published. Blogging is awesome and all, but can you imagine the joy of having your name on the front of a real-life paper book? Amazing!

  5. I think you’d be surprised at how many adults don’t know what they want to do when they grow up. It’s modern life, and not necessarily a bad thing. So don’t stress, all study is good. Well it’s a total pain, but it’s good.

    I can’t believe you saw a shark while swimming in the sea and that’s OK – but you’re scared of pools!! There’s something a bit quirky about that one. 🙂

  6. Ha ha – I thought you literally meant taking a sausage to the Maldives – now THAT would be weird! And who says you have to decide on one course of career for the rest of your life anyway?? One will lead to another so try not to stress too much about it I’m 37 and have been everything from waitress to aircraft engineer to freelance writer – so who knows what your course and next job could lead to! Thanks for linking up. x

  7. You sound a WHOLE lot more grown up than I was at 26! I didn’t work out what I wanted to do until I was 28 so you are way ahead of the game! Good luck with the swimming pools – I’m sure your daughter will love going with you.

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