The Best Things in Life …

You can view New Year’s Eve as amateur night, when those who have failed to make an appearance over the previous twelve months don their finest drip dry shirt and paint the town red or as a time to reflect.  Those who know me know that I get about a bit.  I get to mix with some of the most fascinating people and some of the more insane; you know the type, the sort of people who moan about Starbucks’ position on tax – whilst they’re sitting in a Starbucks, drinking Starbucks coffee.  Well I’ve been reflecting.


I was sat in a park in Leeds with a former member of a Latvian all-girl rock group when she told me that the most important things in life aren’t things.  You are singing to the choir when you share such wisdom with me.  I know that it’s not rocket science but it is profound.  To you and I it may be obvious but for those who need a gentle nudge look no further than the latest research commissioned for the release of Life of Pi on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK. The message from the top 50 responses is crystal clear – concentrate on what you do have, rather than what you don’t.

  1. Stop worrying about money
  2. Stop worrying about what other people think
  3. Take two holidays a year
  4. Enjoy the little comforts
  5. Experience different cultures
  6. Work to live rather than live to work
  7. Pay off all debts
  8. Be true to yourself
  9. Concentrate on what you have instead of what you don’t have
  10. Use Money for fun rather than for a rainy day
  11. Make time for family and friends
  12. Try all types of food
  13. Find true love
  14. Travel to a least 25 foreign countries
  15. Go outside more
  16. Learn a new language
  17. Be well thought of by family and friends
  18. Help your family when they’re in need
  19. Lose 6 kg in weight
  20. Treat each day like it’s your last
  21. Visit all Britain’s historical landmarks
  22. Book an impulsive last-minute holiday
  23. Volunteer for a charity
  24. Take up a challenge
  25. Go on Safari
  26. Blow money shopping
  27. Learn a new instrument
  28. Been married for longer than 20 years
  29. Save money for your grandchildren to enjoy
  30. Start a family
  31. Earn more than your age
  32. Have a pet
  33. Drive a really fast car
  34. Travel alone
  35. Keep children on the straight and narrow
  36. Meet strangers
  37. Move away from home to an unfamiliar place
  38. Have a one night stand
  39. Pass your driving test
  40. Get a degree
  41. Rescue someone so you’re a hero for a while
  42. Date someone exciting but completely wrong
  43. Get a promotion
  44. Reach your career peak by 40
  45. Have an all night drinking session
  46. Perform something on stage in front of others
  47. Snog a stranger
  48. Plan a surprise party
  49. Embark on adrenaline packed activities such as bungee jumping
  50. Keep young by spending time with children

The Metro reports that the average person is able to tick off just eight of the fifty and that fewer than a quarter of us believe that we are living life to the full.  So snogging a stranger, having a one night stand and dating someone exciting but completely wrong may not be your thing but I for one was able to combine all three.

There is perhaps nothing new in the research; some of us realized a while ago that we are experience rather than stuff junkies but for those who wish to delve further and explore the ideas raised in the film the Damaris Trust offers an excellent Resource

Aristotle pointed out that it is logically impossible for two contradictory beliefs both to be true at the same time but if we suspend logic momentarily we offer ourselves tremendous opportunities for self-discovery.  We are no longer inhibited by the labels which we and others apply to ourselves.

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