As 2014 drew to a close, I allowed myself to think back on a particularly eventful year, most of which was played out against the backdrop of job disestablishment and approaching redundancy. To have secured a fantastic new role (which I started in November), working with some lovely people, was obviously the year’s biggest accomplishment; but the completion of a whole series of challenges on behalf of the mental health charity Mind was a massive achievement as well – one of which I’m very proud.
No yearlong challenge for me in 2015; partly because I’ve got lots to learn at work, but also down to the fact that trying to arrange and complete forty tasks in fifty-two weeks is bloody exhausting. Hugely rewarding, but exhausting nonetheless. However, I am still going to set myself a few goals for this year, but no more than half a dozen. I’ve had a think, and this is how things look at the moment:
No.1 – the old New Year “standard”… to lose weight. I currently tip the scales 14st 12lbs, and the target is to have my weight start with a “13”.
No.2 – is to research, compile and self-publish a book looking back at Tom Baker’s time as Doctor Who from 1974 to the end of 1979. The book will again be built around the quest to obtain a signed photo from some of those who appeared in the stories and will, of course, be humorous, entertaining, informative… and cheap.
No.3 – is to complete a 12-hour solo darts marathon and try to raise funds for a local organisation in the process. I took part in a 24-hour darts marathon in 1985, as part of a team of four, so I already know it is a lot harder than it sounds (and I had age on my side back then - see below!). Plenty of preparation and practice will be required, but hopefully this event will happen – and I’m certain that if it does I won’t be able to walk for quite a while afterwards.
No.4 – I’m going have a second go at live stand-up comedy. I was so nervous before my first attempt, but it went better than I could ever have hoped, and I reckon a return to the stage is what the fans want!
No.5 – is to get more reviews for my novel The Beige Beetle, and to have a real go at finding a publisher (if the comments are positive). If anybody wants the pdf final draft for reviewing purposes, just let me know and I promise I’ll remember you when Hollywood comes-a-knocking….
No.6 – not sure yet, but it definitely won’t involve the words roller and/or coaster.
That’s just about it for the first blog of 2015, but I want to close by mentioning an old mate from the Gateshead FC terraces, John Young, who has set himself a number of challenges after saying he’d been “inspired” by some of my relatively recent escapades. Means a lot mate… best of luck!