Introducing #50Before50


In this busy world we live in, it is hard to imagine that actually 50 was once considered old. Life was hard and to die at 50 was likely a release from a life of challenges, poverty and hardship.

In 2016, I had routine surgery and by just bad luck barely made it out of theatre. Before I went into theatre, I sent my husband a photo, of my surgical stockings and said, “see you on the other side” and never for one moment did I think that it could be the last thing I said to him. My two hour surgery became seven hours. I spent time in the hospital afterwards and came away from that entire experience a different person and every 1st July, I give thanks to the surgeon who used his skill, experience and judgement to keep me here.

Sometime ago, likely around October of last year, I mentioned that I was going to attempt to achieve 50 things before I am 50 which happens towards the end of the year.

There is nothing particularly special about the list, it is simply a list of 50 things that I would like to achieve before I hit being half a century old. The list has been created randomly and covers an assortment of things, and to be honest these are typically things that I might want to do anyway. There is no parachuting, dying my hair green, abseiling or any such  other un-Julie like activity!

Each post will have the #50Before50 header and they will appear in a category with the same name. They might not be posted here in the month they are undertaken, just when I get round to it, so let’s get going!

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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3 Responses to Introducing #50Before50

  1. BookerTalk says:

    I found a site some years ago where you could list 100 bucket list ideas. Some of the things were just pointless – like making a snow angel. I kept thinking why, if it was that important they just hadn’t done it anyway, it only takes 5 minutes. Anyway I tried making my own list but couldnt get anywhere near 100. I can’t even remember where I put the list but you’ve prompted me to go and search for it. You are far more focused than I am so I’m sure that you’ll make good progress..

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    • I think the site was literally called 100 lists & I have a feeling it closed. I agree there are things, that if so important why haven’t I already done them already.
      I guess geography, reflection & a different outlook. Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today & all that. You never know what is around the corner. We live once, there is no rehearsal.


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