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New Year's resolutions, again!
Voahangy
January 7, 2012,, Union Island, Grenadines

Have you noticed the holidays season seems to be about lists: Christmas list, wishlist, shopping list, party list, resolution list, ...This year, I've discovered something new: a life list.

What is a life list? Well you can read all about the concept here, and to me it is simply a "what do you want to do when you grow up " list.

What intrigues me is how the notion of "list making" has become so popular these days, as if no one ever thought of it before and without one, you'd get to where you are in life simply by chance.

Terry has been making lists for as long as I've known him. In fact, he can't start the day without one, it's mostly work or boat related mind you. But give him a project and soon the notebook will be out, filled with categories and numbered items to be dealt with by a certain time.

I have a certain Mr Ouvrard to thank for getting me started on some form of list making. He was my year 6 French teacher and asked us to work out "Where do you see yourself when you grow up?" as our first assignment. I was 11, and my paper ended with a list of 3 places in the world I wanted to live in: a chalet in Switzerland, a beach house in Rio and an apartment in New York. Looking back, I'm sure Mr Ouvrard would have thought " In your dreams!", but he was kind enough to tell me it was a good list to start from. Obviously, a few adjustments have been made since, I no longer plan to live in any of these places, preferring to visit instead. So far, Switzerland and Rio have been crossed off, leaving New York still "to do".

My lists primarily revolve around "lifestyle" choice: travels and food. But over the years and under Terry's influence, more practical goals have crept in (complete my accountancy degree, obtain a boat license, learn to scuba dive, ...) with each achievement, significant enrichment in my life (our life, really!) And in the age of internet, where you can get information about ANYTHING, items on the list tend to become more specific: go and swim with turtles in Tobago Cays, learn to bake my own French bread, start a sailing blog, start a food blog, improve my Spanish, watch a show on Broadway (any show!), spend more time learning about the kids computer games (that's a hard one), train as a chef (or a teacher, a computer expert, a mechanic, a hairdresser...any trade that could be useful when cruising around the world!) As you can see, I have my own list of "100 things to do before I die". And that's for what I want to do. Then there is a separate list of things to do, to achieve what I want. Have I lost you there??

My 13 year old son tells me that the world will end in 2012. Of course I find the idea preposterous, but in a show of support for his right to his own opinions, I encourage him to write his own "life list" and see what he can achieve before the Apocalypse. His sister has already started hers ( and keeps it in her secret diary) . New Year's resolutions for everyone is to tick at least one item off one's list. How about you?

Happy 2012!



Avez vous remarque que pendant les periodes de fetes, on ne parle que de "listes": liste de Noel, wishlist (desiderata?), liste de courses, liste d'invites, liste de resolutions, liste de menus,... Et bien en ce debut d'annee, je viens de decouvrir une nouveaute: la "life list" (une liste de vie???)

Une life list, c'est quoi? Vous pouvez etudier le concept ici, pour ma part c'est juste une version adulte de ce qu'on "veux faire quand on sera grand".

Ce que je trouve fascinant, c'est cette notion tres prisee de nos jours, selon laquelle sans "liste" ou planning tout ce qui nous arrive dans la vie n'est qu'une question de hasard. Comme si personne n'y avait pense avant!

Terry dresse des listes constamment. En fait, il ne se passé pas une journee sans qu'il n'en commence une, la plupart du temps ca concerne le bateau ou le travail. Donnez lui un projet, et tout de suite le carnet sort et commence a se remplir de categories, taches a finir et dans quells delais....

Personnellement, j'ai un certain Mr Ouvrard a remercier pour m'avoir lance dans cette voie de "dresseuse de listes". Il etait mon professeur de francais en 6eme et nous donna comme sujet pour notre premiere redaction "Ou vous imaginez vous quand vous serez adultes?". J'avais 11 ans, et la conclusion de mon essai retenait 3 endroits dans le monde ou je voulais vivre: un chalet en Suisse, une maison en bord de plage a Rio, et un appartement a New York. Avec du recul maintenant, je suis sure que Mr Ouvrard a du me trouver completement utopiste, mais gentil comme il etait, il m'a encourage en declarant que c'etait un bon plan. Bien sur, les choses ont quelque peu change depuis, et au lieu de vivre dans ces endroits la, je prefere y faire un court sejour. Jusque la, on a coche la Suisse et Rio, il reste encore New York...

Mes listes concernent generalement les choix de lifestyle (mode de vie?), voyages et gastronomie. Mais au fil des ans et sous l'influence de Terry, des objectifs plus pragmatiques se sont immisces (passer mon diplome de comptabilite, mon permis bateau, apprendre a faire de la plongee sous marine,...) chaque accomplissement contribuant a l'enrichissement de notre vie. Et grace a l'internet de nos jours, on devient de plus en plus informe sur tout, ce qui rend les objectifs de plus en plus particuliers: aller nager avec les tortues aux Tobago Cays, apprendre a faire des baguettes, commencer un blog de croisiere, un blog de cuisine, ameliorer mon espagnol, assister a un spectacle a Broadway (n'importe lequel), passer plus de temps a connaitre les jeux video des enfants (pas evident!), faire une formation de cuisiniere ( ou d'institutrice, informaticienne, meccano, coiffeuse... quelque chose de pratique et utile quand on part en croisiere!). Comme vous le voyez, j'ai ma propre liste de "100 choses a faire avant de mourir". Et encore, ce n'est que ce que je veux faire. J'ai aussi a cote une liste de choses a faire, pour accomplir ce que je veux. Vous suivez?

Mon fils predit que 2012 annonce la fin du monde. Inutile de dire que je trouve cette idee completement absurde, mais pour ne pas le vexer et montrer que je respecte son opinion, je l'encourage a rediger sa propre liste et voir ce qu'il peut accomplir avant que l'Apocalypse ne frappe! Sa soeur a deja commence la sienne (et la cache dans son journal secret). Et pour tout le monde, la resolution cette annee est de rayer au moins un article de la liste. Et pour vous?

Bonne Annee 2012!

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Anne's blog post #1
Anne
December 31, 1969,, Antigua

Anne had the idea of writing some articles for the blog, part of a category called "Kid's island". Below is the first postimg, unedited, hoping it is the first of many more to come. Enjoy!

Hi! I'm Anne and my birthday is May 9th. My favourite colours are all bright colours. When I heard about the trip I was sad and happy at the same time. I miss my dog Tiffany and the whole entire family. Ever since I came on the boat I've loved the adventures, seeing turtles and other animals.

What we do
Everyday except Sunday and Saturday we do school in the morning. In the afternoon we go swimming or go to town.
When we have friends where we go, that means we spend time with them. Sometimes if we're interested we go on tours.

Home schooling
In the morning when we do school the most important subjects in school are, math and english. In our spare time we do other subjects if we want to, like art, music, science and drama. My favourite subject is art.

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