Twenty Things

So many things have been wonderful about my birthday today. I don't know which I loved more:

Waking to the sound of rain

Having a soft boiled egg with my birthday tea set

Opening presents carefully decorated with the hungry caterpillar

Or being given a beautiful aubergine-coloured tagine pot

Which made me want to wear all purple

And dance with the tibouchinas

Maybe it was the delicious lunch out with mum - where we shared a big Greek salad and bean nachos (best in the world) at my favourite cafe

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Or seeing Elbow perform live and perform "the bones of you" and "weather to fly" and oh oh my very favourite "one day like this"... to hear the whole audience erupt into chorus "throw those curtains wide - one day like this a year would see me right" - those Elbow guys, seriously, the most talented, humble, hilarious musicians I've seen in a long, long time.

It was also receiving so many warm birthday wishes from family and friends (old and new) - It made me feel so blessed. To be alive, to be surrounded by so many inspiring hearts and minds, to know all of you.

And I've been giving some thought in the last few days of Twenty Things to do while I'm 20:
(which I've never really done before, in no particular order)

1. Go Swing dancing

2. Paint ceramics

3. Drive a car

4. Make quince paste

5. Skip somewhere (in public)

6. Hand-dye fabric

7. Climb a real rock face

8. Do an artwork of chalk

9. Feel falling snow

10. Read poetry every day

11. Acquire purple shoes

12. Put on an exhibition

13. Make soap

14. Encourage creative arts in my community

15. Go to a fancy dress ball

16. Start my second book

17. Listen to a great debate

18. See the sunrise in a new country

19. Finish university
20. Listen to bird calls in thick bush