This is likely to be the first of many diaries about #the1001project – although by no means is this my first attempt to tell these stories. I think it just might finally be the right attempt.
The 1001 Project is not a new endeavour. It began in 2015 as a means to escape anxiety, depression and the feeling I had nothing else to aspire or look forward to. It’s not the nicest of premises, I know, but sometimes the best tales originate from adversity, and this one was a point of optimism in a particularly dark time. While this list of items is arbitrary and chosen by others, it is also ultimately a reminder that I can find purpose in many situations.
The 1001 Project is a bucket list incorporating ten of the 1001 Before You Die lists published by Quintessence Editions. This means it’s more like the 11,584 project, but that’s not quite as catchy. The project focusses on 1001 Places, 1001 Escapes, 1001 Natural Wonders, 1001 Buildings, 1001 Historic Sites, 1001 Walks, 1001 Books, 1001 Movies and 1001 Tv Series “Before You Die” in addition to 1001 Children’s Books to Read Before You Grow Up.
But over the past year it has become more than static examples evolved from these curated lists, it’s also grown to include an additional category invented by my friend Andrew, which we refer to as the 1001 Additions, and it is through this list that I have gained a better sense of purpose. Including leading parkruns, playing Street Roller Hockey in Perth and making an extended effort to “do” things rather than see them.
I hope that this introduction makes sense to you as an individual. To many people it seems like a daunting task – a useless or perhaps impossible project. But I’m also happy to say it’s been an inspiring one too, on a smaller but no less important scale. I hope that if you’re reading this you gain something from it – travel inspiration, the desire to try something on your own, or the persuasion to start your own 1001 Project. But either way this is my story, or the beginning of it. I’m pretty interested to see where it goes.
Please enjoy these.
x The Girl Who Loves Stories