Watching some tiny children swimming in the river near Ollie last week, a lady sitting on one of the benches said to me, “Don’t you wish it was deep enough for us to swim in?” I had to admit to her that I had never learned to swim. She raised her eyebrows. “Never?” I could have pointed out that had I learned to swim at any time and then stopped, I wouldn’t have used the word ‘never’. But I went on my way with a smile.
That got me thinking about things I have never done. Things that many people have done, even some people I know well. They are not necessarily things I ever wanted to do, and didn’t get around to doing, just things I have never done, for various reasons.
I have never been mountain climbing.
I have never flown an aircraft.
I have never jumped out of an aircraft.
(With a parachute)
I have never been bungee-jumping.
I have never written a book.
I have never been on a surfboard.
I have never kissed a complete stranger.
(A real kiss, not a New Year’s Eve kiss)
I have never had to have a surgical operation.
I have never felt my hair touch my collar.
I have never been up in a hot-air balloon.
I have never been to America, North or South, or to Australia and New Zealand.
I have never been on a fairground ride that turns upside down.
I have never read a Harry Potter book, or watched one of the films.
I have never been religious.
I have never been on a zip wire.
I have never had a tattoo, or body piercing.
I have never been to a rave.
I have never been to Ibiza.
I have never been to a music festival.
I have never tried inline roller skates.
I have never played golf.
(Except Crazy Golf at the seaside)
I have never tried windsurfing.
I have never flown a stunt kite.
There are many more things, I’m sure. But that’s a big enough list for now.
Feel free to add your own things you have never done, in the comments.