Things To Do While I'm Alive

I have a list on my computer titled “10 or more things to do before I die.” I have had some version of this list going since about 5th grade. My best friend at the time had one, so naturally I had to make one too. As I got older, I found myself adding more things than crossing things off.  There are even a couple of things that other people have added for me, i.e. ‘become a ninja’…that’s what I get when I leave my computer open in a guy friend’s dorm room.

Let me get to the point. I have been calling this list “things to do before I die” since the time that I was only 10 years old. As one of my clients pointed out yesterday, this is rather morbid. Since I have no plan to die anytime soon, especially since I plan to peak at 80, as of today, I am changing the name to “things to do while I'm alive”.

Here is a sampling of things accomplished and things still to do:


Accomplished (Unfortunately, I don't have pictures of all of them):

7. Live by the beach

11. Drink goat milk

25. Go to a drive in movie

30. Complete a crossword without cheating

32. Not gain the “freshman 15”

33. Have a photo published in a magazine

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50. Learn to belly dance

52. Spit off the top of the Empire State Building

59. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

66. Go off the high dive


Still to do:

5. Set foot in all 50 states

14. Go to a monster truck rally

51. Not speak for 24 hours

55. Know somebody with a Swiss bank account

74. Own a matching bra and undies

75. Give someone a bowl cut

76. Take a picture every day for a year and make a calendar

77. Learn to meditate

78. Do a cartwheel under the Eiffel Tower

79. Own a house


As you can see, some are much more serious than others. In my opinion, no thing is too small or too big for this list. Although it seems cheesy, keeping a list like this is a fun reminder to branch out of your daily routines and try new things. It’s easy to start…do it today!

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