At first, I was just going to take time off. I knew in the back of my head that there were a number of things I wanted to do. So, I planned the important things first.
I am going back to South Africa for 2 weeks. I am spending a week with my sister on the farm, and another with my parents. At my sister’s, I am going to catch up with some friends I haven’t seen for years and years and years. At my parents’, I am planning to document some more of my parents’ stories.
When I was doing our family history, it was so sad that we knew so little about our grandparents and great-grandparents. I can’t even remember the stories my grandmother, Ninni, used to tell me, because I tried to document them when she was too old. She couldn’t remember everything so well anymore. I promised myself that I would document my parents’ stories while their memories were still relatively young. And also, my dad has had the most colourful life imaginable!
I am going to get all those things I had wanted to do, done. I am an organised, list-making person by nature. The blackboard in our kitchen always contains to-do lists. I consult my diary every day, and I put everything I need to do in it. However, I was additionally inspired by Mike Gayle’s book, “To Do List”, which I am currently reading. The difference is, he is generally not a list person, but he decides to become a real grown-up by making a list of 1277 things to do, and then has a go at doing the list, whilst writing a book about his experience. My list is a bit more modest. It currently stands at 150 items, but I am continually adding things and ticking things off.
|My notebook and coloured pens help me manage my lists!|
So, what type of things are on the list? There are quick day-to-day things, as well as bigger things that will take me a lot longer. I shall post a sample in a separate post.