Bucket List – Things To Do Before I Turn 21
- Visit Versailles ^
- Take a Photography Course
- Learn to Play the Guitar
- Publish Something (!)
- Host a Dinner Party – and Invite People (!)
- Have a Portrait Painted
- Learn a Foreign Language
- Be An Extra in a Film/Television Program
- Do My Own Laundry (!)
- Get a Move On With My Driving (!)
- Be a Zoo Keeper For A Day
- Be More Charitable
- Volunteer To Help
- Go Somewhere Unfamiliar
- Sing karaoke
- Go 24 Hours Without Technology
- Watch A Sunset
- Be Brave
- Create a Dream Home – For When I Move Out (Goodness Knows How Long It’ll Be)
- Plan An Awesome 21st Birthday Party (!)
“Even if we grow up, we can still keep on dreaming”.
Monday 1st December
Well, here we are – we are now towards the end of 2014. Wow. Where does the time go by?
When I last wrote, I recall that A would take me to see a fireworks display. She did; we went to the display in near where we live. She picked up as the sun was setting. We had a Nando’s dinner before walking to the park; we stood on top of a hill and soon, we were joined by a hundred people. A and I were freezing from head to toe. Then, the display had begun. It was the most specular display I had ever seen; the fireworks were lit and set off in the sky. There were big bangs, Catherine wheels and our personal favourites – fireworks that made smiley faces. When the display finished with a big bang, the crowds clapped and cheered.
Next morning, A and I travelled to London. In the morning, we went to the Natural History Museum and in the afternoon, we went shopping in Oxford Street. We browsed through Selfridges; the shop already had their Christmas decorations up and on their Emporium floor, they had Christmas Music playing in the background. I assumed that is the sign that Christmas has arrived early again.
At Drama school, I finished lessons on the seventh of November. After that day, we were getting ready for the Christmas show.
On Remembrance Sunday, Mum and I went up to Earl’s Court with my aunt and A to go to the Discover Dogs show. We had a good time – A and I spent most of our time together; we saw and stroked all the breeds of dogs and getting licked by them. We also watched dog dancing from the Southern Golden Retriever Society, Mary Rae, and Richard Curtis; a special family friendly show from the Metropolitan Police, agility and pedigree classes. Also, we had the minute silence to remember the soldiers who died in World War One.
During the second week, I had been at the school doing Peter Pan rehearsals and helping out backstage. One day, I was working with G-L during a technical rehearsal. During the run, we were waiting for work and got bored. So, we decided to liven things up; we told jokes, taught sign language to each other (I now know how to sign “Happy Birthday” now) and played “I Spy”. Playing “I Spy” went out of control when we gave up for the answers – we had never laughed so hard. I guess it cheered me up.
On the sixteenth, A and I went to Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. We went to visit the Christmas lights in the Manor. It’s a tradition we try to do every Christmas. This year’s theme was Christmas stories, myths and rituals. We both had fun; we also bought two sugar mice’s. I never had one before so I was really excited. A had a pink one (strawberry flavoured) and I had a white one (peach flavoured). They were really nice.
Peter Pan is going well. The dress rehearsals were intense because I had to look after and support my group.
I had my first performance on the twenty-eighth. The pirates were amazing; we all sang and gave all we got; we were like Tasmanian devils. However, we also had to be careful. The crowd went wild for our song, children in the audience booed, and hissed in the second act when Captain Hook captured the lost boys and cheered when Peter Pan flew in to rescue them, Wendy, John and Michael. But that’s not the end of it; we have thirteen shows to go. Hopefully, we can do it together; we are a team force and are unstoppable.
Also, I’ve done backstage work as an Assistant Stage Manager and I have been working in the wings. I don’t like hanging around but I like to meet, greet and help everyone; I even get to join in the fun, hearing the show, clapping to save Tinkerbell, boo, and hiss at Captain Hook, and the pirates, cheering at the intervals and the end.
In October, I participated in a Christmas single with the Donate Your Voice Choir, presented by Waitrose.
One night, Mum came home with the shopping and an advert asking for volunteers to participate in the choir, singing to Dolly Parton’s song “Try”. After singing, participants can donate their voice to three charities – Age UK, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and The Trussell Trust. I sang for nearly two hours; I kept practising until the end.
On the twenty-ninth, I went out to dinner at Pizza Express in Harpenden. I first stopped at I’s house where Mum dropped us at the restaurant. Inside, there was R, P and another friend named N.
We had a fantastic time; we had a nice meal, talked about the Performing Arts Industry, Politics, and made jokes. We were talking a lot and had a few giggles.
After dinner, we went back to I’s house for a few drinks. We walked back in the thick, misty fog.
When we arrived back at the house and had the drinks. I’s parents dropped us home.
I had so much fun and it was wonderful to see P, R and I again. It was also nice to go out for a change.
Christmas is around the corner; I thought about what I want this year. I told my parents that I would like to sign language lessons. However, I have secretly wanted to make children happy, to bless I love, to forgive those who have hurt me, to have world piece and to find true love. I know I haven’t been good and made mistakes, I’m not going to give up. I don’t mind if my wish isn’t fulfilled this year; what I do mind is that my other wishes come true because not many people will have a happy Christmas. My heart goes out to them and I hope all of their dreams come true.
Well, that’s all for now. Have a great Christmas everybody and I’ll write again in the New Year.