The life list

Things to do before I die? Scratch that.. change it to something more upbeat…

In 2000, I began writing a list of things I wanted to do before I died. When I moved in 2005, I lost this list. I began writing a new one in 2006*. The expectations I have for and of myself have changed a lot over the years. *Things will be added and checked off as life goes on

I read in an old Cosmo magazine that their version of a list of to-dos before you died (with a much happier title, “The Life List”) was the most important thing you would ever write for yourself. So since I believe everything I read, onto the most important thing I will ever write for myself…



  • Visit Iguazu Falls in Argentina – possibly even swing in a canopy
  • Graduate university (undergrad)
  • Go to graduate school
  • Become fluent in another language
  • Take swing dance lessons and learn more than just the jitterbug
  • Be a vegetarian for 6 months
  • Go vegan for 6 months
  • Take a trip to North Africa
  • Travel to each continent (at least once)
      • Africa
      • Antartica
      • Asia
      • Australia
      • Europe
      • North America
      • South America
  • Live on the east coast
  • Do a cross country trip
  • Study and/or live abroad
  • Visit all 50 States by my 35th birthday (March 20, 2019)**


  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
 ** Counting states beginning from age 18
  • Learn how to drive a stick shift (i.e.: figure out how to get out of reverse and not do backwards donuts)
  • Sleep outside under the stars
  • Roadtrip with a group of friends
  • Buy a house
  • Pay off all my debt
  • Drive through a Redwood tree
  • Apply to (join) the Peace Corps / Americorps
  • Get a tattoo
  • See Cher live
  • Experience what it’s like to be a workaholic
  • Go camping with a group of friends
  • Go to Siberia
  • Change the world (for the better)
  • Own a Louis Vuitton
  • Write a book
  • Hike the Grand Canyon
  • See RedRock
  • See the famous sand dunes
  • Camp at Crater Lake
  • Get bpc up and running
  • Drive along what is left of Route66
  • Swim with the jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake in Palau (Pacific Islands)
  • Skydive
  • Learn how to snowboard (I took one lesson – I never promised I’d learn how to do it well)
  • Find my center
  • Learn how to change a tire
  • Learn how to sew
  • Put away money for a “rainy day” (enough to live without working for at least 6 months)
  • Go cliff-diving
  • Go on a meditation-yoga retreat
  • Learn how to iron
  • Run a 5k fun run
  • Run a 10k fun run
  • Run a half marathon
  • Run a full marathon
  • Join a Crossfit gym
  • Bench my weight
  • Leg press 500lbs
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