Last year, when he turned 65, Richard Branson announced that he would undertake 65 different challenges. Members of the public were encouraged to come up with suggestions for things he might do, and from these suggestions he would choose his favourite 65 ideas.
According to his blog, he’s completed at least 30 of these challenges so far and they make for interesting reading. His most recent one was to take 65 pictures of things that mean something to him. The person who challenged him to do this suggested he include anything as long as it didn’t relate to work or family.
“I thoroughly enjoyed completing this challenge. It made me stop, and take in my surroundings and appreciate the riches of life. I hope you enjoy my photoblog – and I urge you to take some time yourself to do something similar.” – Richard Branson
Rather than take or find 65 pictures (or, more suitably for me, 44, since that’s the age I turned on my last birthday) I made a list of the sorts of things I would include if I were doing this challenge. Several of my choices were similar to Richard Branson’s.
My list included the following categories: nature, the countryside, food and drink, architecture, gardens, tearooms, the sea, holidays and stopping for animals in the road.
As I compiled my list I floated amongst my memories, remembering many positive impressions. I recalled visits to interesting places, tasty meals, beautiful views, exciting adventures and lots of little snippets of happy times over the years.
You might want to have a go at this yourself. I certainly agree with Richard Branson; it’s good to appreciate the riches in life.