Things I Have Never Done

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.
(Rollerblades)

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.

77 thoughts on “Things I Have Never Done

    1. Found your comment in Spam, Lara.
      Yes, I woud still like to go in a hot air balloon, and would now visit America, if I suddenly had much more money. I could go and see all my lovely American blogging friends, and sightseeing in between. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. I still occasionally eat liver and onions, but it’s an acquired taste. I prefer calve’s liver or lamb’s though, never pig liver. I only eat squid as ‘Calamari’, the lightly-fried rings served in Italian restaurants. It can somethimes be chewy, if not cooked properly.
      I think you have missed out on Shakespeare. Once it was ‘explained’ to me at school, I became a real fan of certain plays. You may recall I wrote about that, in 2018. You left a comment.
      https://beetleypete.com/2018/12/07/thinking-about-shakespeare/
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. Please, stop! πŸ™‚ I can barely read your food descriptions. If only I had been lucky enough to have had an English teacher who read aloud and perhaps explained Shakespeare. Mine were all about grammar, which is a good thing. The only book I remember a high school teacher reading to us was β€œMoby Dick.” He had a droll voice, truly he had no passion for the written word. I’m headed back to your earlier post. Best to you, Pete.

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  1. I can relate to much on your list, Pete anything which involves my feet being not being firmly planted on a surface is a definite and resounding NO or flying through the air attached to a thin wire..not for me… a plane is fine but I will leave the piloting of that to the experts…I have however completed a marathon all 26.2 miles…Fun post and I am sure there is much you have done and will do…

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  2. I’ve done a lot of mountain climbing here in Nevada.
    I took over the controls of an ultralight for a while (but only in the air; I didn’t take off or land).
    I’ve written a couple of books.
    I’ve never surfed, but I’ve been pulled behind a boat on skis and a homemade wakeboard.
    I’ve kissed a complete stranger.
    I’ve had two surgical operations.
    My hair has touched my collar since my young teenage years.
    I live in North America (but have visited Europe many times).
    I’ve been on a fairground ride that turns upside down. (I’ve also been on Disneyland rides.)
    I’ve never read a Harry Potter book, but I watched the first film (and fell asleep near the end).
    I was religious in my youth.
    I own a pair of Rollerblades, but gave up on using them after two accidents.
    I’ve played golf a couple of times. I’m no good at it.
    I’ve flown a stunt kite.

    And although I can swim, I don’t have much endurance on the surface. I do very well swimming underwater, though. What’s really fun is being thrown off a pair of skis or a wakeboard while the boat is at full throttle.

    One thing I’ve done that very few people have done: I’ve been to the bottom of the Seine River. I should mention, though, that it was not a feat accomplished on purpose!

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  3. Pete, there are many things I haven’t done…but are there many things I REGRET NOT DOING? The list is dramatically shorter, as I don’t feel an urge to fly a plane, but still want to skydive…I regret some of the incredible places inner world I have yet to explore, which is why I have a list of one per year to see what I can knock off over the next 20+ years…next you need to do a list of all of the unique things you HAVE done, because THAT’S what you should be celebrating – the life you have lived!

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    1. This list isn’t about regrets, John. Just an observation about things that so many have done, but I never got around to doing. I’m sure you will get to see the places you yearn to discover, and I will hopefully be around to see your posts about those travels.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. I’ve never hang glided. Tried it once, even climbed to the top of the giant sand dune but the wind wasn’t right so they gave me and my friend a re-do but we decided it wasn’t worth doing the climb again…or maybe we lost our nerve πŸ™‚

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    1. I was very much a ‘soul boy’, back in the day. Three-piece suits, shirt and tie, smart shoes, and neat hair, always cut short. And it was rather wavy, so I didn’t like to let grow long anyway.
      Thanks, Pam.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. I don’t know the movement, but I know the music. I’m thinking Robert Palmer…Paul Young, though his hair was rather long…Steve Winwood…off the top of my head that’s all I can think of with that particular British vibe…

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        1. It was before Palmer was well-known. Early Motown (Elgins, Marvellettes, etc,) Atlantic, (Eddie Floyd, Wilson Pickett, Edwin Starr. Robert Parker, Otis) Northen Soul. (Darrel Banks, Chuck Wood) Though Palmer qualified later on, and Winwood and The Spencer Davis Group were certainly part of the British scene.
          The sort of records we listened to were;
          My baby must be a magician.
          Heaven must have sent you
          Knock on wood
          Barefootin’
          Land of 1000 dances
          Try a little tenderness
          Headline news (SOS)
          Open the door to your heart
          Seven days are too long
          We avoided popular bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and never listened to rock or metal music under any circumstances. πŸ™‚
          Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. Well, not going to list all, due to typing ability, but have taken off and landed a light aircraft, kissed a complete stranger (properly, yes), years ago, been in a surfboard, on a skateboard….etc etc

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  5. I have never done any of these things, except for long hair, reading harry potter and being religious. I’ve tried swimming but it wasn’t a pleasant experience. And water on my ears is such a scary experience for me that I can’t take a shower without sticking my head out. I’ve nearly drowned in two feet of water when I was already 5’3″. I slipped and couldn’t get up. My mum had to fish me out.).
    I’ve also dreamt of snorkeling but that requires putting your head under water.

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  6. I think you have written a book….what else could we call your “serials”……..I have never eaten seafood…..I have never eaten Haggis……I have never driven a Mercedes (not that I would ever)……never been to Corsica……never watch “Forrest Gump”……I need coffee now…LOL chuq

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  7. I have to say this one: β€œ I have never written a book.β€œ ….you could just add all the stories you’ve written on your blog, and put them into a novel. So…in that regard I think you have written a book. Pretty much all the other things on your list I haven’t done either: with the exception of a surgical operation.
    I can add: I have never been in an aircraft, as my fear of flying so far hasn’t made me go and enter a plane 😊

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    1. I remember your fear of flying, Michel. At least there is Eurostar, if you ever want to travel to Britain. And the train system in mainland Europe can get you all the way to China too. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  8. How long have you got? πŸ˜‰ I think, to be fair, most people’s list, if it were truly comprehensive, would easily exceed its converse, so it’s probably easier to cherry-pick. For me, the only thing I haven’t done, that really matters, is die [yet]. I will get around to it, eventually……… Cheers, Jon.

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  9. I’ve not done a few of those – bunjee, zip line and tattoo or body piercing. The others yes except for S America and NZ not been there. I still have a way long bucket list and there’s not going to be enough time. Russia was next on the list and covid (plus pennies of course) is wrecking that plan. Every moment is precious at our age.

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    1. Sorry I missed your question, Mary.
      The balloon ride is still something I want to do one day. I would also like to visit the Civil War battlefields in America, but would have to come into money to do that.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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