The Bucket List

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As promised, here is what I plan to do before I die. It will be kept current.

If you want to make your own list, here is the comprehensive guide to making one that you will honor.

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Cities to tour

To tour a city means to spend at least a few days there exploring.

Istanbul

Jerusalem

Montreal – DONE but I will be back

Toronto

Ottawa

Vancouver

Chicago

Paris

Hong Kong

New York – DONE2/17/2012 - I spent most of four weeks here and had the time of my life. I heart NY.

London

Rome

Tokyo

Barcelona

Washington, D.C.

San Francisco

Seattle

Long-term trips to take

Being away for months gives you an entirely experience than being away for a week or two. You start to normalize to the new place and the “on the road” feeling. These trips could last anywhere from a month to a year.

Finally tour Eastern Canada — Visit Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland

Take a road trip through many of the western US national Parks, including Yellowstone, Death Valley, Zion, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Crater Lake and Glacier National Park

Take a Rocky Mountain snowboarding tour, spending a whole winter visiting different ski resorts in the Canadian and American West

Spend 4-12 months in a cosmopolitan city working on a writing project (NYC, Montreal, Seattle, etc)

Spend 3-6 months living in a beach town where I can surf all the time

Do a homestay in a French city, to learn French in an immersive environment (either in Quebec or France)

Countries/regions to explore

To “explore” means to spend at least a few weeks traveling overland in these areas.

Thailand – DONE – 11/20/09 – Had a blast, will be back one day.

New Zealand – DONESpent six months exploring this wonderful country from Nov ’09 to May ’10. I visited so many beautiful places and am determined to return one day.

France

England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales

Nepal and India

Scandinavia

Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

Skills and knowledge

Learn French to fluency

Learn conversational Spanish

Understand the implications of Plato’s Cave

Learn photography – DONE - 1/2012 - I am proficient with the operation of a DSLR camera, the basics of composition and exposure. I can take pictures that make people go wow. There is an endless amount to learn and I want to learn more, but I’ve achieved enough to impress myself, which is all I ever wanted.

Learn my wine basics

Learn to boost a car without worrying I might zap myself - DONE – 12/13/10

Learn to surf – DONE - Took a four-day surf camp in May 2010. Learned to stand up and surf right away, and now I am in love with surfing. I want to surf all over the world.

Learn first aid and CPR – DONE - 5/12/11 - This had been on my conscience for a long time. I am now certified in level C first aid and CPR.

Learn to dance comfortably - DONE - 2012 – I do dance now — I was afraid to for years. I’m not good at it but I do have fun and that’s enough.

Learn to throw a tight spiral with a football

Learn to swim properly – after all these years I must say I really don’t know what I’m doing

Master a workflow system, like GTD

Learn to swing a golf club properly

Develop a nice, consistent signature (I’m 33 and haven’t done this yet)

Achievements

Become self-employed - DONE - 10/14/13

Become financially independent – This means I am living off the returns of my assets and do not have to work. 

Play guitar in a working band

Own a house

Speak in front of a large audience (500+)

Become debt-free – DONE

Try a vegan diet for 30 days – DONE – 3/24/11 – This became Experiment No. 10 and it changed my dietary habits forever. 

Become a millionaire

Have my own website – DONE – 3/15/09

Own a suit I feel great in

Make my living doing work I love – DONE7/31/14 – “Work I love” income in 2014 will exceed living expenses for the first time.

Get into physical shape I would describe as “outstanding”

Go 21 without complaining once (as per A Complaint Free World) – DONE – 4/3/10 – Had to restart a few times, but I made it. I learned a lot — the final report is here.

Achieve a “location independent” full-time income – PROGRESS Essentially I’m here now, but I’m not going to check this off until I take my first major “non-vacation” trip, where I do self-employed work and earn while I’m abroad.

Get my Gmail inbox to zero – DONE – 4/16/10 – This is actually super easy, because of Gmail’s brilliant “Archive” function. I just selected them all and archived them. You should do it.

Write my will – PROGRESS 

Books/films to read/see

NOTE: I don’t believe in finishing books I’m not enjoying. So if I end up not liking it and quitting, it’s still “done” in my mind. Of course I hope I like them all.

Schindler’s ListDONE9/13/09

Dr. Strangelove (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb) – DONE – 3/19/13 – I appreciate the political significance of this film but I found it really boring after the beginning. The same joke went on for hours. I wanted to like it, and I’m not saying it wasn’t good. But I didn’t like it. Felt the same way about Catch-22 when I read it. Everyone else seemed to really like both, and they are certainly classics.

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad – DONE – 11/16/09 – Finished it on the beach in Ko Phi Phi. Fantastic book, everyone who loves the English language should read it.

WaldenHenry David Thoreau

Vagabonding – Rolf Potts DONE7/2011

Roughing It – Mark Twain- DONE – 12/2011

Dune - Frank Hebert

Beyond Good and Evil – Friedrich Nietzsche

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert Pirsig - DONE – 3/19/13 – Did not finish. I expected a novel, with background themes of zen and living in the present moment. But it came off like a diatribe. There was no subtlety at all to the philosophical lessons. Philosophy can be incredibly boring when it’s discussed in the abstract, and it doesn’t take long to discover that that’s what the author really wants to do. Was turned off very quickly, but I think it’s because my expectations were so different from what it was. 

The Hierarchy of Heaven and EarthDouglas Harding

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Count of Monte CristoAlexandre Dumas and Auguste Maquet

The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Experiences to have

Plant and harvest a vegetable garden

Walk the Milford Track- DONE – 2/1/10 – Unforgettable hike. Some of the most dramatic landscapes I’ve ever seen. Had perfect weather. Pictures here.

Hike the Tongariro CrossingDONE – 12/8/09 – Incredible experience. 

Have an article published in The New Yorker

Go to an NFL game - DONE – Saw the Vikings and Packers in Minnesota on October 27/2013

Visit the Sagrada Familia

See the Statue of Liberty – DONE1/23/2012 – I was exhausted from a day of walking around lower Manhattan, and suddenly felt a bit crowded out by the busy streets. So I went walking down by the water around Battery Park City. It was drizzly and suddenly quiet, and then I saw her still figure in the distance. Heart almost stopped. Just like the Sydney Opera House — the best way to see world-famous landmarks is by accident. 

Visit the Museum of Modern Art, New York - DONE - 1/?/12 – Wandered the galleries for a few hours and had a transcendent meeting with my favorite painting, Des Moiselles d’Avignon. I didn’t know it lived there.

Visit the Hagia Sophia

Orbit the earth in a spaceship

Look at the heavens through a huge telescope – DONE – 4/1/11 – I visited the huge observatories on the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii and looked at several nebulae and planets with a 11″ reflecting telescope. Now, that’s not quite “huge” — I did not get to view the heavens through the enormous (some 20m-plus) telescopes in the observatories for two very good reasons: a) they are extremely exclusive and you have to have a lot of academic clout to even have a chance of using them, and b) modern telescopes do not have eyepieces — you can’t look through them. They are operated remotely and the heavens are viewed as high-res digital images. They are basically big cameras, and the images are freely available online.

See the Northern Lights in person – DONE (twice now) but I want to do it again! 

See Radiohead live - DONE3/9/12 – Saw them in St. Louis. Beautiful, beautiful show. “Reckoner” and “Lucky” were transcendent moments for me.

Travel by train through the mountains – DONE – 2/4/10 – Took the TranzScenic across the New Zealand Southern Alps from Greymouth to Christchurch.

Walk the Abel Tasman Coastal Track – DONEI had planned to walk the entire length of the track on December 23-27, 2009. When I got to the first hut, I found myself to be the only solo traveler at a beach full of vacationing families. I had left friends behind at the beginning of the track, and decided I’d rather spend Christmas with them than do the rest of the track with all of these couples and families. So I went back the next day. I did not walk the whole track as I intended, but I’m calling it done. I saw everything I wanted to see. It was beautiful, I just didn’t need five days of it at that particular time.

Take a round-the-world trip

Dine at a ridiculously fancy restaurant

Stay at a ridiculously fancy hotel

Share a ridiculously fancy bottle of wine with someone

Go to a movie by myself – I attempted to do this in Sydney in June 2010, at the world’s biggest IMAX screen, and unfortunately I ran into a bunch of friends going to the same movie

Participate in the making of a documentary

Fire a pistol

Get a massage from a professional – DONE - 10/14/09 – (There will be many more.)

Have a picnic on a green rolling hill with a checkered blanket

Hike in a rainforest – DONE - 1/24/10 – Hiked through the rainforest at Franz Josef, NZ, up to the top of 1300m Alex Knob. I am so sore. Pictures here.

Do a ten-day vipassana retreat

Go on a multi-day hike (with a few other people) and sleep rough

Summit a mountain (but not one I need crampons or ice axes for)

Get a quality barrel while surfing

See Cirque du Soleil – DONE - 7/24/10 – Saw “Allegria” at the MTS Centre. Incredible show, exceeded my expectations. Want to see more Cirque shows.

Attend South by Southwest

Live in New York City

Watch a sports game from a luxury box

Try training in boxing – DONE – 9/23/2014 – Went to my first boxing class last night, so officially I have “tried” it. I really liked it and will continue.

Float in a sensory deprivation tank

Total goals: 110

Total complete: 36

Last updated: Sept 24/2014

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Photo by Dudu Viana

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Clyde December 27, 2011 at 8:48 am

I see no Henry Miller or Marguerite Duras on your reading list. I highly recommend both. The former’s Rosy Crucifixion Trilogy and the latter’s War Writings are both musts.

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DJ December 28, 2011 at 11:05 am

I can help with a few things on your list. I have a yearly canoe trip with a friend that could easily be overnight. We meet in Alabama in the summer. If you plan your cross country trip at the right time you could accomplish a few goals at the same time. And firing a pistol could be arranged as well. The Harley is doable if you already know how to ride but honestly they are overrated. Riding, period is an experience. The bike is secondary to the experience.

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David January 11, 2012 at 8:45 am

Sounds perfect DJ. The cross country trip won’t be this year, but I will let you know when I decide to do it

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Randall Aynworthy January 2, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Selfishness is only good if you use it to build yourself up without tearing others down.

Apart from that, I agree with what Partha said in his first two sentences. I think Cornelius’ sponsorship of a successful Nicaraguan entrepreneur who probably couldn’t have made a go of it otherwise was an act of selflessness. On the other hand, letting yourself get *used* by people who don’t respect your time or your goals let alone your well-being isn’t selflessness, it’s something malignant in your spirit. If you’re letting yourself get ripped off in this way in order to be “liked”, “loved” or “accepted” (please note the quotation marks), stop it right now. Stay away from users. Don’t encourage them. Get help if you need it (and beware of users in the therapy business!).

OK, rant over. Congratulations on what you have already accomplished so far, David!

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iCare4youu January 3, 2012 at 1:21 am

Wow.. I feel like one would have truly lived life if he were to complete this Bucket List, which I’m sure you will..

Cheers! :)

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Pat January 3, 2012 at 8:53 am

WOW. That’s some list! Like the new photo of you much better than the old one. Good luck in your travels this year. I’m jealous.

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Zeynep February 22, 2012 at 6:22 am

What an awesome idea! “Develop a nice, consistent signature” made me laugh – definitely with you on that one… You’ve inspired me to make my own list, thanks. :-)

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Zeynep February 22, 2012 at 6:27 am

What an awesome idea! “Develop a nice, consistent signature” made me laugh – I’m definitely with you on that one… You’ve inspired me to make my own lis, thanks! :-)

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Kelly March 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm

David,

Almost five years ago I wrote my first “list.” I was 41 years old, and was faced with a huge life change (divorce). For the first time in a LONG time, my life was completely about my wants, so I felt I needed to make them a priority.

As I made my list, the very first item was identical to one on yours, “Hike in the Himalayas.”

A couple of months later, my church announced that one of their upcoming mission trips was to Nepal. I knew this was my chance. If it wasn’t for my list, I would have likely let the opportunity pass by.

As it turned out, the trip was very expensive. Everyone backed out but me. I knew I had to go, so I moved forward with the plans, even though I was going alone. 40 days prior to the trip I had a windfall, so I purchased two tickets so that my 18-year-old son could go with me. He’s an Eagle Scout, and also an avid backpacker.

Since there were only two of us, we weren’t able to do a large-scale construction project for the mission in Kathmandu, which is typical of these trips, but instead we spent the entire trip hiking into remote villages in the Annapurna region in the Himalayas doing needs assesments and first-contact mission work. This was quite literally a two-day bus ride to the end of the road, then backpacking on vertical trails in the mountains (mostly stairs) for days. Amazing.

Not only was this a life-changing trip due to the magesty of the surroundings, the nature of our work and the fact that it was my first trip outside of the US, but most importantly because I was able to do something pretty large from my list very shortly after creating it.

So, for anyone reading this, I highly recommend creating your own list. If you don’t, you very well may let an opportunity pass you by without ever seeing what it is.

Last note for you, David: going to a movie by yourself seems pretty easy. Get to it! ;)

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Lorraine James March 25, 2012 at 2:33 am

Ever heard of a site called http://43things.com? It’s all about goals, finishing them, starting some and even quitting some. It’s 43 because at some point, you can’t just keep on making goals until you start doing something about them. I’m on there. Find me.

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David March 25, 2012 at 10:56 am

Hey Lorraine! Good to hear from you. I think I have an account there but I do all my list-work here!

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Michelle March 31, 2012 at 10:49 pm

I can’t believe that this is the only comment I’m going to make after being entirely inspired by most of what you’ve written… but you should definitely go rock climbing. The feeling of accomplishment you’ll get when you achieve a climb you couldn’t do in a previous trip and swore you could never do is one of the best motivators for accomplishing other things on your list, I’ll bet. I dare you to do it this week.

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Megan McCain April 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I don’t believe in “Things to do before I die” lists. As they say, life is not measured by how many breaths you take, but rather, by how many moments take your breath away. Likewise for accomplishments. It’s not about how many things you can accomplish, its about whether or not you can accomplish yourself.

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katie April 16, 2012 at 1:52 am

your site is very cool!

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Donnie Todd April 16, 2012 at 9:45 pm

This is a fantastic idea.

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Lori April 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Great to see you have so many people interested. Be proud of that list, just as it is. Amazing!

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Jake June 23, 2012 at 11:55 pm

David,

I wanted to let you know that I’m really enjoying reading this blog. You have a unique style of taking idea which many people experience everyday and writing about it in a way which allows the reader to become more aware of — and better understand that idea.

I was particularly happy to see how much you traveled around New Zealand. I was there with my family several years ago and it was an unforgettable experience. Have you sat yet on a beach with no trace of civilization other than yourself? The one time I remember doing so was just west of Kaiteriteri on the Abel Tasman Coast!

Jake

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Christine Egger June 25, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Why “done” and not “in progress”?

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Kristen July 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I’ve just stumbled upon your list. I’ve had one going for the last few years, but there are only a few items and most of them were chosen by friends. Some are funny – one friend had me in ‘chile training’ to eventually be able to eat a vindaloo, another objective is to build a proper igloo. I might go to Finland to do that. The list had me running a marathon in May – I never thought I’d do something as masochistic and downright ridiculous.

Your list is far more comprehensive. I might need to use this page as inspiration (ie, i’m going to shamelessly copy you) to get mine on my website and make myself more accountable.

Oh yeah – and if you fulfil the item about visiting England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, feel free to use our flat futon in Edinburgh!

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Kyrstin July 20, 2012 at 10:41 am

This is awesome list and quite similar to mine. Although, I must admit that nearly all of my goals are either surf or music (festival) related and every place on my “to see” list is surrounded by warm water waves. Luckily surf trips have plenty of down-time for reading heaps of book and even learning a new language. Many birds, one stone.

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Nathan August 6, 2012 at 12:38 am

I been doing Argentine Tango and love it, also I am a martial artist; PASSIONATE martial artist, and one thing i you need to know before learning martial arts is that you want to join a system that fits you, that you enjoy. it’s like finding a workout you like…you know you hate running. I started off with Kenpo Karate, and then found Wing Chun Do, and by far am at home with this style. Bruce Lee’s modified Wing Chun is what it is. what you notice doing Dancing, Gymnastics, Martial Arts, is it is all similar because your teaching yourself something physical. I look at all these things as instruction manuels for your body which is like a tool you know little about using, thank you for your time!

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MM October 3, 2012 at 11:01 pm

No falling in love?

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Suzanne October 21, 2012 at 8:25 pm

If you ever get to New Brunswick and need a guide….let me know! It would be an honor.

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Kim Anh October 25, 2012 at 5:12 am

Amazing bucket list. This inspires me to start compiling my own list.

Thanks for this.

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Larissa Qat November 12, 2012 at 3:55 pm

You should add taking a trip to the middle east ;) Jordan in particular as Petra is one of the wonders of the world and it surely is mesmerizing. And ya skydiving too!

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Todd Waldorf November 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I’m in New Zealand right now and I have learned that they have the “Southern Lights” down here. Witnessing lava spew from an active volcano (from a safe distance) and seeing the Aurora (Borealis, or the Australis) is my top two on my Must See list. I’m hoping for some strong solar activity in the coming months!

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Kim Lianne November 29, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I found many items on your list would easily be on my list :)
Among those things you have yet to do, I could teach you the basics of driving a stick and give tips on ordering in French at a French restaurant (easily my fave class assignment in 8th grade!).
A truly inspiring list.
Wishing you much more world travel and the Tango! *hug*

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silver December 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm

David,
I like your blogs…. you have an unique perspective to the things… would love to read more… !!

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Amruthaa February 9, 2013 at 4:20 am

I absolutely loved The List!
I sort of stumbled upon your site.. and now i have it bookmarked..
some points brought a smile to my face and some inspired me, even to make my own list!

Thanks David!
Good Luck with The List! :)

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m February 15, 2013 at 11:21 am

tip – do the buddhism thing first then the list may simply be:

do nothing, be nothing :-) the external world of forms is nowhere near as important as the inner world. crave not, just flow :)

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Ameya Bhurke February 26, 2013 at 3:53 am

David,

This is commendable. I really appreciate the effort You’ve put in to solve problems and what better than sharing it with the world!

May You have the opportunities to have a “100% DONE” on this wishlist.

God Bless,
Ameya.

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W. Bradley Simon - M28:20 April 5, 2013 at 1:30 am

As a father, I would also add to your list, family. Visiting the world and experiencing all the world offers is great, but there’s nothing like snuggling with your wife, backpacking with your boys (even if it’s only in the North Carolina mountains), and spending time with your daughter. It’s hard work, but a great investment.

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Azka` April 15, 2013 at 9:18 am

Great list! When you’re visiting India and Nepal, you should explore a bit of Pakistan too. :) Hunza and Gilgit are among the most magical places in the whole world.

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Laura July 3, 2013 at 12:13 am

Glad to see a Chicago visit is on the list. :) When you find yourself here, if you’ve got some spare time I’d be happy to treat you to a float-tank session. I tried out this place last summer, and it was a very neat experience: http://chicagofloatationtanks.com/

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boki August 4, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Great text thanks

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Branko Jagodic August 23, 2013 at 9:49 am

Great post!

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Bokac August 23, 2013 at 9:51 am

The best!

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Danny November 4, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Hi David,

I really really enjoy reading your blog! huge fan now, just started reading about a month ago now. I’ve found myself clicking onto the link to “the list”

which tool me here for a quick read.

just looking at an item there”

“Go rock climbing, on actual rocks” …..

don’t know if you have done this already David?

I run an university outdoors club in Sydney, Austraila.

if you’re ever in town this way and interested to tick this one off flick me an email!,

would be happy to take you out climbing as a thank you for discovering your excellent blog.

Cheers,

Danny

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Robyn bunting January 5, 2014 at 4:56 am

I am reading the unabridged version of harding’s hierarchy this winter.
Met him a year before he passed.

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David Cain January 5, 2014 at 10:52 am

I own it but haven’t read it yet. Richard Lang is doing a course on it very soon I think, where you read a few chapters every week and there’s a discussion group. I would do it but the pace is too fast for me right now.

I wish I could have met Mr Harding.

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A March 8, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Hi David, your list and your spirit is wonderful and simply admirable :) Some of my ‘To Do’s’ are similar to yours but when I think of my age (nearing 30) I sometimes feel that I would never be able to do them as it is too late. But your list gave me the courage to add more and that I could do. At least I can try rather than striking them off. Thanks and Good luck :)

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Anna June 9, 2014 at 2:02 am

I wrote a ‘list of things to do before i was 21yrs old. ‘I had to cross that out and put …things to do before I die. It had taking acid on it (I never actually did this one) and going to a fetish party(I did this one) my little brother read it out when my family were in my student digs and I ripped it off the wall and threw it in the bin. I wish I had kept it . I have changed so much since my student days. I feel really inspired to make a new one but I think I might add pictures to it and make it like a piece of art if I’m going to hang it on my wall. A sort of vision board. Thanks for the article. Anna xx

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Klarita June 9, 2014 at 6:22 am

Interesting. I have so many that are the same, including books and places to go, and I’m gradually checking them off. My boyfriend and I have a joint list now, divided into watching/reading, eating (we are serious foodies), travelling and just random things to do (pedal boating on the river with prosseco)… Most of them are pleasant, some are wise. Good luck on yours!

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Edward June 24, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Great list! Reminds me a lot of mine. A few I completed that turned out much better than I’d ever expected were:

– Stay at a ranch in the desert and learn how to horseback ride. (Done at White Stallion Ranch, Tucson, Arizona. TWICE! Just the best experience ever!)
– Go on a swamp boat and do a tour of a swamp. (Done at Big Toho, Kissimmee, Florida. I had *no idea* the swamp was as beautiful as it is. And damn, the air boats are a blast to ride in!)
– A gondola ride in Venice. (OK, it wasn’t on my list but would have been if I knew how amazing it was going to be. The perspective of the Grand Canal and the buildings from water level was just… sublime? And it’s so tranquil in the canals–a great getaway from the hoards of tourists in the alleys. Some people may call this a “tourist trap” and never try it, but trust me–worth every single Euro!)

Least favourite:
– Went hot air ballooning over Ottawa. (I’m tall and the stupid torch blaster thing was right beside my head! Infernally hot. And it’s insanely loud. And you’re sort of stuck in a basket compartment. It’s sort of relaxing and the stillness up there is unbelievable, but then the blast happens again. Never, ever do this for a romantic activity. Glad I did it, but not due for a repeat anytime soon.)

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Bukky July 24, 2014 at 8:25 am

Fantastic list! Great inspiration! I’ve just started mine and love reading others, we have a couple cross overs! Good Luck!

My bucketlist here: http://thebukkylist.weebly.com

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Alex Enkerli August 1, 2014 at 9:57 am

To this day, Montreal remains an appropriate place for self-employed people. Elsewhere, you mentioned living in “one of Canada’s least expensive cities”. Though things are changing fairly quickly, the cost of living in Montreal is really very low and there’s quite a bit of support available for people with low income.
So… Maybe spending some time in Montreal would work for you, at this point.

(I’m from Montreal and live in “Gattawa”, aka the National Capital Region. Also lived in New Brunswick, Indiana, Massachusetts, Texas, Mali, and Switzerland.)

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David Cain August 1, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Yes, I have heard that about Montreal and I am really thinking of relocating in the next year or two. Winnipeg is getting more expensive anyway, and I love Montreal. It’s really one of my favorite cities in the world.

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George August 2, 2014 at 2:18 am

How come I didn’t spot this post before? Really good read, inspirational! Something I wish I’d done years ago, instead of coasting for a good few years. “Bored today? What’s on the list? Oh, read Plato.”

(My take: You can either think about what you want and plan things, or you can follow inspiration as it arises, but if the latter then you must regularly ask yourself “What constructive thing can I do now?” and follow every intuition you get, regardless of feeling, mood, logic, and that’s not easy to do. The danger with the former is that you don’t check for your desires changing through time – e.g. you don’t really want to be an astronaut/fireman/train driver anymore – but that’s what reviewing is for.)

So, interesting that you list Plato’s Cave, and I’d be interested in your take on it (given your semi-Budhhist stated or implied take on other things, Douglas Harding, etc) when you get there. You might also want to check out George Berkeley’s Three Dialogues (available for free here at Project Gutenberg).

Doth the reality of sensible things consist in being perceived? Or is it something distinct from their being perceived, and that bears no relation to mind?

– George Berkeley, Three Dialogues Quotes @ SparkNotes

For your dancing, you might find this instructional video useful. ;-)

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George August 3, 2014 at 11:41 am

Oh, and potential film to add if you haven’t seen it already: Richard Linklater’s rotoscoped philosophical lucid-dreaming film, Waking Life.

Man on the Train: Hey, are you a dreamer?

The Dreamer: Yeah.

Man on the Train: Haven’t seen too many of you around lately. Things have been tough lately for dreamers. They say dreaming is dead, no one does it anymore. It’s not dead it’s just that it’s been forgotten, removed from our language. Nobody teaches it so nobody knows it exists. And the dreamer is banished to obscurity. Well, I’m trying to change all that, and I hope you are too. By dreaming, every day. Dreaming with our hands and dreaming with our minds. Our planet is facing the greatest problems it’s ever faced, ever. So whatever you do, don’t be bored. This is absolutely the most exciting time we could have possibly hoped to be alive. And things are just starting.

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Kristian August 28, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Great list! Love that you have “Orbit the earth in a spaceship” on there. Also on my list.

I’m curious how you would define your three “ridiculously” goals. The restaurant, hotel and wine. How will you determine when these get checked off?

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