For awhile now, I’ve been thinking about writing a life list. You know what I’m talking about. They’re all over the Internet. Some people call it a bucket list.
I’ve been hesitant because I have tried to get away from the to-do list. I just don’t want my life to boil down to crossing stuff off lists. I want to do things because the opportunity presents itself, not because I get to check it off some list.
But every time I saw someone’s list, a little voice in my head would say “I want to do that.” And I shush it up like some obnoxious child talking during a movie. Still it would persist.
“That looks fun,” she’d say. “What would be on my list?” And she’d start to dream.
Then I’d slam the door on her little dreams because I’m the adult and what I say goes. Right?
But recently I read this post on how to have a personal life and run a successful business. The secret, it turns out, is to have a list of things you want to do in your life. Written down. Where you can see them from time to time.
Now I’m feeling really sheepish. I talk about setting goals, writing them down and coming back to them all the time. Then I saw the name of someone’s list. He called it The Impossible List, and it was not a bucket list.
It’s all those things that he thought only the cool guys in movies did. Things that at one point he never thought he could do. He was looking for a challenge. When I saw this, the little dreamer in my head started working overtime and I couldn’t shut her up. Because I was dreaming too.
Joel Runyon has inspired me to create my own list. I borrow heavily from his format, and many of the challenges I’ve witnessed other awesome people doing, but they’re all my very own desires. My (not-so) impossible dream.
Edited 11/21/12 to add fencing and change state count.
- Change at least one person’s life each year through my writing.
- Donate annually to the charitable organizations I believe in.
- Leave a legacy.
- Grow a garden big enough to supply us with our produce.
- Teach people how to garden, cook, knit and crochet.
- Participate in a flash mob.
- Go to a World Series game.
- Participate in a triathlon.
- Hike the Skyline to the Sea Trail.
- Hike the Pacific Crest Trail in its entirety.
- Climb a 14,000 foot mountain.
- Have six-pack abs.
- Learn to fence. Yep, I wanna sword fight all fancy-like.
- Visit all 50 states in the United States. (25 down, 25 to go!)
- Visit six continents:
North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia (I don’t like cold, and Antarctica doesn’t need more tourists.)
- Camp on top of a mountain.
- Camp in the desert.
See a hockey game at the Winter Olympics.(Sweden beat Belarus in 2010)
- Watch diving at the Summer Olympics.
- Own property in five parts of the world.
- Participate in an archaeological dig.
- Sleep under the stars in the jungle.
- Travel for three months of the year, every year.
Live in a different country for a few years. (Germany 2013-4 so far!)
- Hike across the U.K.
- See the Northern Lights in Finland.
- Throw my husband and I a party somewhere fabulous and pay for all our friends to attend.
- Go sky diving.
- Learn to rock climb.
- Ride roller coasters at least once a year.
- Sing in front of a stadium crowd.
- Speak publicly to thousands of people.
- Appear on live television.
- Be interviewed on The Daily Show.
- Be interviewed on Fresh Air.
- Climb a volcano.
- Swim in a public fountain.
- Learn to play the guitar.
- Speak Spanish and German confidently.
- Own and play the piano every day.
- Learn and apply herbology into my daily life.
Learn to ride a motorcycle.
- Learn to invest in the stock market.
- Get my J.D. and protect the First Amendment.
- Learn to program software and computer hacking.
- Learn to be a bee keeper.
- Learn to play chess and beat someone who’s better than me.
Work for myself full-time.
- Earn six figures annually.
- Retire with six figures annually.
Write a novel.
- Write a best-selling novel.
- Write a Pulitzer Prize winning novel.
- Write a best-selling personal development book.
- Have novel made into movie by Coen Brothers
- Own a bakery specializing in gluten-free and dairy-free pastries.
- Own a B&B.
I’m pretty sure these will evolve and change as life usually does. And I’m going to check back on it occasionally. Really, I made this list for the dreamer in me. I’m pretty sure now that it’s written down, reality and I are going to find some common ground.
Is there anything you’re surprised isn’t on my list? Let me know. Would you make an Impossible List? I wanna hear about it!