Monday, January 01, 2007

Your hands in my life: a cry for help

Happy 2007, girls and boys.

I don’t really go for new year’s resolutions. But here’s a new year’s experiment. It might come to nothing; it might turn out quite interesting; or I might well live to regret it. But I need your help with it.

In a little under six weeks, I’ll be turning 30. As my boyish good looks are still more or less holding up, my mind is turning to thoughts of ‘what the hell have I done with my life?’ rather than ‘how did I become this booze-ravaged shell that I see in the mirror?’ – which I understand is a popular approach to big birthdays.

So, in the spirit of doing things with my life, this is what I want from you: suggestions.

I want ideas for things that I could do while still in my 20s: things that might be good anecdotal value, character-building (by which I don’t mean ‘horribly traumatic’), horizon-broadening, a bit of a laugh – whatever. And please stretch yourselves beyond the clichéd ‘30 things to do before you’re 30’ lists that appear in those dreary lifestyle magazines that I don’t read (if I have to have one more bloody threesome with twin Swedish supermodels…).

There are constraints of time, money and location (London). Plus my personal veto. I obviously don’t guarantee I’ll do whatever anyone suggests, but if something catches my fancy then I’ll give it a shot and report back.

Pop ideas (serious or otherwise) into the comments box – or, if you prefer, email me.

[Swallows nervously...]


Matt M said...

How about compiling a list of all the things you want to do before turning 30?

Amy said...

30 in 30 days myself - I feel the claws of youth trying to hang on for dear life. You could get a commorative tattoo or start a fund for a facelift when you are 40.

Tom said...

I will be following this with interest, as I only have another 19 days to go.

Praguetory said...

Does a visit to Prague appeal?

Tom Freeman said...

Thank you - keep them coming...

Everything I've heard about Prague has been good, and I'm sure I'll get round to going there someday - but I don't think it's feasible in the time I've got.

The tattoo's interesting. Would it still count if it was only a temporary one?

I've had some great email suggestions as well. 'Slick_emily' wants me to get hot'n'horny with her, and I'll be able to take her somewhere really nice once my $1.2m payment from Nigeria clears.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry about it. The Twenties as a decade ought to be written off as a bad memory,and just look forward to becoming your real self in a few years.

In the meantime, have you tried dogging yet?

Tom Freeman said...

Actually, my 20s have been pretty good for me. Didn't start off all that well but then improved. Apart from a brief wobble in the middle, things have consistently got better. Result!

Dogging, eh? Interesting. Haven't tried that.

Now if I say I'm more of a cat person, that's just going to lead to 'pussy' jokes, isn't it? Well I think I'll have to plead cold weather as my cop-out for that one...