So on August 11th 2016 I turned 39.
For the mathematically challenged, this means next August I turn 40.
Whilst I don't particularly feel the traditional dread associated with the big 4-0, it has made me think about the things I haven't done yet, and, inspired by a friend on Facebook who is currently working through her "40 things to do before 40", I thought I'd give my own list a go.
Now, I haven't been able to come up with a full 40 things yet, which is why I've gone for the far less catchy title - "A Few Things I'd Like To Do Before I'm 40".
Over the past couple of weeks, I've jotted down a load of stuff that I've never done, or haven't done for ages, that I'd like to do - it ranges from pretty mundane stuff for some people, to perhaps the 'bigger' more exciting things.
In my next post I'll share my current list - but please feel free to make suggestions if you think there'd be an experience I'd enjoy or would challenge me!
On this first post though I wanted to say - I'm doing this stuff primarily for my own fulfillment, but I recently came across some shocking statistics that have made me want to do something to help, in my own little way -
Did you know that suicide is the number one cause of death for men under 45 in the UK?
Or that, on average, 13 men die from suicide every day in the UK?
That's pretty horrific, isn't it?
That's why I thought, if I'm going to commit to a year living joyfully - doing some stuff I've always wanted to do, then I'd like to associate this year long challenge with two great charities that have a specific concern for men's welfare. -
Please click the links to check out the work they do. I have grown a moustache in support of Movember a couple of times before, but as I now sport a fairly majestic russet beard, those days are behind me.
Hopefully you'll follow along as I work through this year - I hope it'll be a fun one!