A list of nineteen fun activities for 2019 makes me shivery with anticipation. The year, all 365 days of it, stretches from here to a point somewhere just over my horizon.
My nineteen fun activities are projects that I’ll enjoy even while they challenge me.
Days, like people, are gifts for which I’m grateful. Events I can’t control and do not want may also be also gifts, although disguised in unattractive wrappings. Already 2019 promises some of these, so my plans need to be playful and enjoyable to help me ride the bumps.
MY NINETEEN FUN ACTIVITIES FOR 2019
My top-of-the-list item is to read after a dismal year of so little reading because I didn’t know about my significant cataracts. They were diagnosed in October, and my eyes are now on the mend. They caused me to wonder why I so quickly lost interest in what I was reading and fell asleep. By the end of January 2019, I’ll have new spectacles and I can’t wait. I plan to write a blog about the nineteen kinds of books I plan to read in 2019.
Rearrange my study
The little alcove near the front door attracted me the minute we walked into this apartment with the estate agent. The rest of the apartment is lovely, but the ‘study nook’ as we named it sealed the deal. I’ve been vaguely dissatisfied with it since we moved to the apartment this time last year. But now I know it needs a better chair, a bigger monitor and fewer visual distractions if I’m to really enjoy it.
‘Work away from home’
This has nothing to do with a glamorous fly-in-fly-out job to some remote, exotic part of Western Australia. I wish! Instead, our building boasts meeting and study spaces on the ground floor. As well as that, Subiaco has many iwelcoming cafes. I plan take my laptop or a notebook and pencil and enjoy different places to write in. Since Christmas, I am also the owner of specky new wi-fi headphones. Watch me write!
Play in nearby parks and gardens
I walk through the pretty parks in Subiaco, admire the tiny unexpected gardens squares and wonder at the people who sit and read in the sunshine or the shade. This year you will find me, also, a frequent reader and day-dreamer on a park bench. I’ll picnic, party and play, rather than simply walk through.
An old one. It featured on last year’s list. But this is my year for practising a hobby I have never given enough time to develop properly. After a course at UWA Extension some years ago I fired up for a while, and now plan to see what I can do.
Live more simply
Paring away things we didn’t need, didn’t use and didn’t love last year taught me about living more simply. I would never have believed how liberating it could be to live minimally. However, some things I thought would be essential have not been used for twelve months. I need to let them go, along with a habit or two that no longer serve a purpose.
To attend at least three events, as well as simply wandering around enjoying the throbbing life of the festival are high priorities on my list of things to do for fun.
Travel more often by train
If one lives 250 metres from a train station, there can’t be too many excuses why you don’t travel by train in this beautiful, convenient city.
Perth Writers’ Festival
Once, not so long ago, I used to hang about the Perth Writers’ Festival from opening morning to the closing event days later so that I could absorb the wisdom and skills of other writers. With my lunch in a bag, I went from one session to the next, bought books, met friends and went home fulfilled. But those days have gone and this year I will be sedate, choose events wisely, rest often and not exhaust myself.
Make time for play
This a secular variation of keeping holy on the Sabbath day. As a sole parent who also worked full time and usually had a unit of study in the wings, I deliberately chose to spend time doing fun activities with my six kids on Sundays. It kept me sane. Those days helped me to parent and best of all, they felt right. I’ve let this lovely custom slip and plan to revive it.
We go to Mass on Sundays at our local, easy-to-walk-to-church. It’s easy to add a little play-time to our routine.
Go to the cinema
Another outing I love and which has slipped off the agenda lately. I hope see twelve movies in cinemas inside and out in 2019.
I will have three mini-holidays this year, as well as one great big adventure.
The keyboard I once practised so diligently sits propped up in a cupboard, the book of easy pieces that had begun to bore me beside it. Not only will I get them out, I’ll buy another music book and start again, if necessary from the beginning.
Explore more ways to communicate using social media
Participate in, and enjoy, the Social Media Summer School beginning on 7 January.
Find as many ways as I can to communicate with my great-grandchildren who will be overseas. Perhaps Amanda Kendle might be able to help with this.
Swim walk stretch
150 kilometres swimming in a pool in a year should not be too difficult and less than I planned for last year. It works out at around one kilometre three times a week most of the year. The other days for walking. Stretch every day.
Crotchet a shawl
The pattern I have is an intricate one sent to me by a friend and the yarn I will choose beautiful, silky and several colours. I toss up between ruby, rose and pink and a range of blues. After all those grandchildren’s crochet rugs, often in colours of their choosing (yes, even the one in Docker’s colours!) this will be pure indulgence.
Knit a jumper
In 2018, discovered that I can still knit, even with arthritic fingers and knitted a cardigan for Alexandra. Perhaps knitting was good for the stiffness. In 2019, I’ll knit a jumper or cardigan for Elizabeth. We’ll choose the colour and the wool together.
Give more talks
The last of my nineteen fun activities is to speak up more. An inclination to ham it up makes me long for the olden days when I used to enjoy talking in public. Already, I have an unsolicited invitation to speak in a library in February. Perhaps I can follow that up with more invitations.
Review my achievements this time next year
That seems like another fun thing to look forward to
So that’s my list of nineteen fun activities for 2019. In between, you will find me at my desk writing or busy with the mundane tasks of daily living.
If you’ve written a blog about your plans for 2019, please feel free to share by putting a link in the comments below.