I’m sure there aren’t many people who look forward to returning to work after a couple of weeks on annual leave, but my first day back has passed (albeit very slowly) without major incident. I have known plenty of years where going on holiday has almost been more stressful than a regular working week, but I would say this year has been an exception: a lovely week in Crete, a trip to visit my parents in York, and finally my twelve-hour darts marathon.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t anxious about being on my feet for all that time on Saturday, but the old body didn’t let me down. I have to say it was a really great experience, and the £500 raised for Grangetown Netball Club was a huge cherry on the proverbial cake… mmmm… cake….
Throughout last year, I kept a photographic record of all the tasks and challenges I attempted, and the pictures from Saturday will now take their place in the ever-growing album. I’ve still got a couple of book projects on the go (one of which is almost finished), but after that I’m not sure what is next on the agenda.
Although my musical talents are limited to the point of being non-existent, I would still like (somehow) to record a song… or what about singing in a choir? I had an angelic voice (and face to go with it) as a youngster, but sadly neither lasted past my teens. I certainly fancy having another go at stand-up as well… but that might have to wait until the aches and pains from Saturday have eased and I can actually stand up! It’s nearly six months since my first “gig” (as we say in the trade), and it feels like it’s time I got up in front of a crowd again and tried to raise a chuckle or two.
Appearing on TV… as an extra or in a quiz show… having a go at radio presenting… the list is already starting to take shape!
As for sporting challenges, I suppose my hips will have the final say in what I can or can’t do, but there’s definitely a part of me that has the desire the keep pushing and see just what I can still achieve.
I spent years playing badminton, so maybe one final game (assuming the painkillers work) against someone like Gail Emms? Or perhaps trying to hit a bullseye in archery? It would all need a lot of thought and preparation, but the sense of achievement, coupled with the knowledge that you’re helping a good cause is a powerful and addictive combination.
Watch this space. I could be on a mission!!!