Last month my social media feeds were awash with people visiting the Chelsea Flower Show; this month it’s the Hampton Court Flower Show. It honestly feels like anyone who is anyone has gone to a flower show of some kind or another during the last few months.
In reality, perhaps it’s because every year Facebook kindly reminds me that this year was supposed to be my year. Social media has a fantastic way of reminding me just how untravelled, embarrassingly unadventurous and ashamedly conservative I am.
Apart from going to a flower show, there are many things in my (almost) 48 years that I haven’t done and I imagine many of you probably have. Remember the game ‘Never Have I Ever’? I love it, mainly because I’m rarely the one taking the forfeit and don’t seem to have a problem thinking up something that I haven’t done but know others will have.
Talking of which, fancy a game?
Never have I ever…
1. Got a Tattoo (or wanted one)
I mean I’m not saying I’m going to get one any time soon and to be honest it’s not something that I’ve ever hankered after BUT now that my eldest daughter has one and my husband is threatening to get one for his 50th (much to the rest of our amusement) I’m wondering if I’ve missed something.
If you’re reading this dad, my tongue is firmly in cheek.
2. Eaten Sushi
People (even young children) seem to rave about sushi. I don’t like the thought of cold food and with it being largely fish based, the chance of food poisoning is pretty up there. Why would I want to subject myself to that? I sometimes feel a bit embarrassed to admit that I’ve never even tried it but I can’t see that changing any time soon.
3. Had a Pyjama Party
A pyjama party is a rite of passage for a girl these days. I’ve encouraged my girls to have them but I honestly don’t remember ever partaking in one myself. I quite like the idea of lounging around in my pjs, make-up off, girlie laughs aplenty. What’s not to like?
4. Watched a Whole Episode of Game of Thrones
I can’t categorically say I’ve never watched Game of Thrones full stop but it only took me 10 minutes of one episode, to realise that it’s not for me. I’m not judging anyone who is an avid fan (pretty much the whole world it would seem) but I dislike fantasy which probably explains number 8 too.
5. Been to Eastern Europe
You see what I mean about being untravelled?
By nature I am a creature of habit and lurking in the background is a tiny fear that if we venture somewhere completely new, we might not like it as much. I think my desire to keep the whole family happy always overrides my (tiny but still there) adventurous spirit.
Increasingly I am realising that the world is enormous and incredibly diverse. My husband loves a travel book/TV series and as we get older, we would like to discover the world a bit more. Let’s hope we’re not dead before we get the chance!
On my list in Eastern Europe is Croatia and Budapest. We *almost* went to Croatia last year and it was an option again this year but it was pipped at the post by Portugal and Italy.
6. Shopped in LIDL
Don’t shout me down people but I just do not get the obsession with LIDL. People tell me about the bargains but they also tell me that the cashier literally throws every item at you as it’s beeped through the scanner (or is that ALDI? Never been there either!). I haven’t got the emotional strength to deal with that kind of behaviour, bargains or no bargains.
7. Bought a Designer Clothing Item
I guess this one might depend on what you class as ‘designer’. I’m referring to a £500 handbag or a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes. I know that we are supposed to be ditching the ‘fast fashion’ but I just don’t think I can get on board with this kind of spending. It feels way too decadent.
My husband will be happy to read this.
8. Read a Harry Potter Book
I’ve watched a few of the films (meh) but I’ve never read any of the books, not even a single page. My son, by contrast, has got the boxset on his bedroom shelf and has read them all. But that doesn’t mean that I have to as well.
9. Been to the Cinema by Myself
I rarely go anywhere on my own (except clothes shopping) and I’ve always put this down to the fact that I’m an extrovert and prefer to be in the company of others. In reality, I think that I’m a little bit scared of the idea of sitting in a cinema like Billy No Mates. I mean, what will other people think?
You know what? I no longer care what other people think and am going to challenge myself to achieve this by the end of the year.
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So that’s 10 things I’ve never done, that I imagine you probably have (or at least some of them). Here’s rooting for 2020 to be my year for The Chelsea Flower Show. Or Hampton Court, I’m really not that fussy.
Have you done any or all of the above?
*Images 2 and 3 are courtesy of Unsplash