Every day I think about the things I want to do in my life, the adventures and stories and experiences that make a life rich and wonderful and one of a kind. This is a list of these things. As I explore and adventure I’ll share my experiences and as I think up new ideas I’ll add them to the bottom of the list. To read more about the things I cross off the list check out the Life List Category or click on the links below.
• Sail around the tip of the Tierra Del Fuego • Climb (at least partway up) the Seven Summits • Climb Mt Fuji • Climb all the fourteeners in Colorado • Ride bikes and hike through Europe • Live without a car • Live in a tent • Buy land • Live on land that I own • Explore an iceberg • Sail down the Nile river • Climb one of the Egyptian pyramids • Ride a camel in the Sahara • Learn how to dig for water in the desert • Learn how to light a fire with a bow • See the Galapagos Islands • See the Patagonia region • Hike on Antarctica • Live on Antarctica • See Venice before it floods • Live in India • Trek the Himalayas and the Himalayan Plateau • Befriend a Sherpa • Become scuba certified • Go to a rave in Goa • Go to a rave in Ibiza • Own a house • Customize a trailer • Build an outdoor shower • Build an outdoor kitchen • Build a pool out of a shipping container or feed tank • Ride my motorcycle through the American Southwest • Look for Salmon in Alaska • Write a thank you letter to Mr. Becker • Visit the Dalai Lama’s temple • Get a puppy and raise it to be a good dog and a good companion • Read all the books on the 100 Most Influential Books List • Start my own business • Have my own restaurant • Start Wishbone Supperclub again • Attent Holi in India • See the Grand Canyon • Spend a week in Death Valley • Swim in the Dead Sea • Go to Madagascar • Go on Safari in Africa • Learn the Charleston • Be inside the Taj Mahal • Rock climb in Joshua Tree • Backpack for more than a few days in Canyonlands or Zion • Climb El Capitan • Climb Half Dome • Have a child or a few •
Learn how to ice climb • See the Australian outback • Hike in New Zealand • Go to Bangkok • Learn to write in a classic calligraphy font • Build a sailboat from scratch • Surf the waves in Costa Rica • Canoe down the Chatahoochee river • See Niagra Falls • Climb Machu Pechu • Get Married • Spend the whole summer at Inglenook • Go Geocaching, seriously • Own a four-twheel-drive vehicle that’s meant primarily for four-wheeling • Go four-wheeling in Utah • Ski at Whistler, BC • See the fjords in the Netherlands • Drink Beer in Belgium • Take a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon with my family • Discover my own sense of style • Edit my clothes down to only the things that make me feel awesome while wearing them • Have nothing in my home that I know not to be useful or believe to be beautiful • Live and work on a sailboat • Be self employed • See an active volcano up close (and maybe touch some cooling lava) • Go to culinary school • Study cooking technique under a great chef • Only eat and cook local, seasonal and organic foods • Publish a book • Ride the subway trains in Tokyo during rush hour • Keep a personal journal regularly • Keep a dream journal • Master boning a whole chicken • Learn how to catch, gut, bone and cook a whole fish • Go to space • Redesign my portfolio website • Go spelunking • Get my pilots license • Look up my ancestors in Scotland • Mix the perfect martini…and margarita…and old fashioned • Distil gin from scratch • Master making bitters in different flavors • Look for wild sharks from a shark cage • Ride in a real submarine • Learn how to make goat cheese from milking a goat • Have chickens • Learn how to properly slay a chicken and prepare it for cooking • Learn how to slay and prepare a rabbit • Learn how to make the perfect rabbit stew from scratch • Visit all 50 states • See the Alamo • Go to the Guggenheim • Learn to trust my partner unconditionally • Develop a positive body image • Do a backwards 360 on my fixed gear • Grow a field of wildflowers • Learn how to can food properly • Visit Hemmingway’s houses • Visit the Eames house and museum • Visit the Rijksmuseum • Go to the Met to see a classic opera • See a Shakespeare play at the Globe Theater • See the Aurora Borealis • Learn the major constellations and the mythology behind them • Read all the books in my library • Eat at all the Momofuku restaurants in New York: Saam Bar, Noodle Bar, Milk Bar, Ma Peche, Ko • Go to a masquerade ball in full costume • See bioluminescent plankton in the ocean • Learn how to surf • Take a road trip across the us by myself • Have a meditation practice • See the Tour de France • Go skydiving • Make adventuring my profession and get paid to do it, because after all I feel most myself when I’m exploring • Go backpacking in Big Bend • Make goat cheese from milking a goat • Take my family on a ski trip to Europe • Learn how to make a circuit • go skinny dipping at Hippie Hollow • Live without a computer or a smartphone • Pay off my student loans • Go to graduate school • Live in Paris • Get a promotion • Go ice fishing • Learn how to weld • Build a tee-pee in my yard • Build a live-in tree house • Learn to style my hair in the traditional Geisha way • Hike through a rainforest • Take a boat trip down the Amazon River • Scout for birds and butterflies in the Amazon Rainforest • Harvest Pine Nuts • Grow fruit trees • Learn how to cliff dive • Hike the Annapurna Circuit • Hike the Zion Narrows in Utah • Hike the Tour de Mont Blanc •
The Life List Item “Climb all 53 Fourteeners in Colorado” sort of deserves it’s own sub-list, to keep track of the individual climbs and the progress being made on that item, so here it is!