I know we all have hopes and dreams, but the reality of living with metastatic breast cancer is that I know I have to fit those hopes and dreams into much shorter life than the majority of us.
- Go to Copenhagen (to drink beer) – that beer festival Mikkeller run looks amazing, but discounting that, I’d just love to see the city!
- Visit Iceland – because it just looks absolutely amazing!
- Go snowboarding again.
- Go snowboarding in Japan – snowflakes the size of your hand! THE SIZE OF YOUR HAND!
- Own a drone – a photography one, obvz. Read more about that here
- Be involved in a BCAM campaign.
- Make changes and influence how metastatic breast cancer is thought of.
- See my friends weddings.
- See my nephews grow up. Because they are super cute little dudes!
- Go to San Diego.
- Start paddleboarding more.
- Own a campervan – Read about that here.
- Live by the sea, again. I just love the sea and I always dreamed I get to live by it again!
- Have a go at rally driving.
- See the polarbears at the YWP
- Go to Glastonbury again.
- Brew a beer. Something fruity and Juicy – or maybe a banging sour!
- Learn to surf
- See and photograph the milky way – I wanted to in Mammoth, but it was cloudy EVERY night!
- Find my jewellery style!
- Get a new snowboard.
- Visit Hawaii – I really need a beach holiday and all those surfers would make a beautiful backdrop.
- Visit Cuba – I wish I’d gone 10 years ago, or 5 years ago……or at any point in my life so far!
- Eat at more Michelin star restaurants
- See penguins in the wild – I’ve always been a bit obsessed with penguins. I just love them.
- Do the Inca trail.
- Sail more – because it makes me happy.
- Live in the mountains again! No explanation is necessary, really.
- Go on a Safari. I want to see zebras and lions and elephants in their natural environment. But right now even the Yorkshire wildlife park would be ok!
Not to put too morbid a spin on things, but sometimes I can’t help but think about all the things I thought I’d have a lifetime of years, and money, to achieve – that I’m probably just going to have to abandon. Mostly because I’m never going to be able to afford to do all the things I want to do, and I am pretty sure I won’t have the holiday allowance from work.
Unfortunately, life doesn’t give you a get out clause when you get cancer – mortgages still need to be paid, and beer still needs to be bought, and a life needs to be lived, so I need to work to do all those things. All of which hinder me in living out my life full of adventure and excitement!
And there are far too many hopes and dreams for my bank balance. Unless the euro millions win I’ve been eyeing up comes my way. In which case I’m buying a chalet in the mountains, a home by the sea and then working my way down the list one by one!