Bucket List

This is it, this is the world’s longest bucket list.

Okay, maybe it’s not, but it is enormous. Items on this list range from the thrilling (go tornado chasing!) to the mundane (try a deep fried Oreo). Most of all, it’s just a bunch of things that I personally think are worth pursuing.

I wrote the original version of this last back in 2007 at the age of 14. As I’ve gotten older and my interests (and sensibilities) have changed, so too has this list. But one thing has stayed the same – crossing things off of this list has never stopped being fun.

All in all, I figure this bucket list will take roughly one lifetime to complete, which is fine because that’s about all the time I have to devote to it.

Better go find something else to cross off…

My Personal Rules for this Bucket List:

 1. I can add a new item at any time.

If I hear of a cool place or if someone tells me about an awesome adventure, BAM it goes on the list.

 2. I can add an item to the list and immediately cross it off.

Often the best experiences in life happen unexpectedly without planning. If that happens, BAM that also goes on the list.

 3. I can remove an item at any time.

Life changes. Priorities change. If I see something on this list that no longer interests me in any way, it immediately goes away.

 4. I cannot get upset if I fail to accomplish everything on this list.

This list represents all my ambitions in life. I’m a really ambitious person and I acknowledge to cross everything off this list is an enormous undertaking. This list is to help me reach my goals. It will not stand as a reminder of my failures.

Total Progress:  49/409   (11% complete)

✔  means I’ve completed this goal

The Top 10 (most important goals in my life)

  1. Meet the love of my life
  2. Marry the love of my life
  3. Have children with the love of my life
  4. Create a home with an inviting, comfortable, loving atmosphere
  5. Witness and be present at significant moments of my child’s life
  6. Live long enough to meet my grandchildren
  7. Always be there for my parents
  8. Make a difference in the life of (one, five, ten) people
  9. Visit the moon
  10. Meet Taylor Swift

Lifestyle Goals

  1. Stop procrastinating
  2. Become proactive
  3. Learn how to listen actively
  4. Study/improve my body language
  5. Increase personal willpower
  6. Run a 5k
  7. Run a 10k
  8. Run a half marathon
  9. Run a marathon
  10. Complete 40 consecutive pull-ups
  11. Complete 100 consecutive push-ups
  12. Run a mile in under 5 minutes

Places to Visit

  1. Step foot in all 50 U.S. States  (48/50)
  2. Washington D.C. ✔
  3. New York City ✔
  4. Seattle ✔
  5. San Fransisco ✔
  6. Savannah, GA ✔
  7. Boston ✔
  8. Los Angeles
  9. Las Vegas ✔
  10. London
  11. Tokyo
  12. Beijing
  13. Hong Kong
  14. Paris
  15. Norway
  16. Rio De Janerio
  17. Blue Lagoon – Iceland
  18. Ik Kil – Mexico
  19. Machu Picchu – Peru
  20. Japanese Tunnel of Lights
  21. Singapore
  22. Platform 9 3/4 – London
  23. Hobbit Huts – New Zealand
  24. Arc du Triomphe – France
  25. Hana – Hawaii
  26. Glory Hole at Monticello Dam
  27. The Hell Hole – Karakum Desert
  28. Beachy Head Chalk Cliff
  29. Irish Sky Garden
  30. Natural History Museum in London
  31. Anne Frank’s house
  32. Dome on the Rock – Jerusalem
  33. Montana Magica Lodge
  34. Giza, Egypt
  35. Dubai – United Arab Emirates
  36. Auschwitz – Poland
  37. Stonehenge – England
  38. Eiffel Tower – France
  39. Taj Mahal – India
  40. Vatican City
  41. Easter Island
  42. Great Wall of China
  43. Ground Zero – New York City
  44. Horseshoe Bend
  45. Any black sand beach
  46. Dealey Plaza
  47. Petra
  48. The Galapagos Islands
  49. Easter Island
  50. The Louvre
  51. The British Museum
  52. The National Gallery in London
  53. The Egyptian Museum in Cairo
  54. The Art Institute of Chicago ✔
  55. The National Air and Space Museum ✔
  56. The Holocaust Memorial Museum ✔
  57. The Newseum
  58. Cape Canaveral ✔
  59. The NASA Museum/control center in Houston
  60. The Grand Canyon ✔
  61. Niagara Falls ✔
  62. The Dead Sea
  63. Churchill Downs ✔
  64. Fort Knox ✔
  65. The Four Corners
  66. Abbey Road Crosswalk
  67. Jay Walker’s library
  68. Club 33 at Disney Land
  69. Powell’s Bookstore

Adventures to Experience

  1. Free dive with giant sea turtles
  2. Hug a sloth
  3. Go horseback riding on a beach
  4. Look for Bigfoot
  5. Feed a Koala Bear
  6. Hold a tarantula
  7. Go dog-sledding
  8. Spend a night in a haunted place
  9. Claim an undiscovered island
  10. Go on a road trip ✔
  11. Ride in a double decker bus
  12. Climb the 50 state high points  (31/50)
  13. Kiss on top of a ferris wheel
  14. See a double rainbow
  15. Be an extra in a Hollywood film
  16. See Halley’s Comet
  17. Feed a giraffe
  18. Go snowkiting
  19. Go volcano boarding
  20. Go white-water rafting
  21. Ride a jet ski ✔
  22. Go rock climbing ✔
  23. Abseil down the Gaping-Gill
  24. Canoe the Boundary Waters ✔
  25. Travel down the Mississippi River
  26. Walk across the Mississippi River
  27. Swim in the Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve
  28. Walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge
  29. Hike Tour de Mont Blanc
  30. Hike the Torres del Plaine Circut
  31. Hike the Kalalau trail
  32. Hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge
  33. Hike the Inca Trail
  34. Hike the Annapurna Circut
  35. Hike the Tongariro Northern Circut
  36. Go kloofing
  37. Complete a 5/5 star geocache
  38. Visit the titanic in a submarine
  39. Enter the Cage of Death
  40. Drive on the Roller Coaster Highway
  41. Go jetleving
  42. Ride the world’s largest ferris wheel
  43. Take a canopy tour
  44. Witness a meteor shower in the desert
  45. Hike the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim
  46. See Old Faithful erupt ✔
  47. Swim in Devil’s pool
  48. Swim under the waterfalls at Plitvice
  49. Swim in the Blue Grotto
  50. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway in a convertible
  51. Swim in the Infinity Pool (Marina Bay Sands) Singapore
  52. Swim in the Great Blue Hole
  53. Spend a night at the Ice Hotel in Quebec
  54. Explore a real castle
  55. Walk behind a waterfall
  56. Travel along the Wild Atlantic Way
  57. Ride a gondola in Venice while wearing a mask
  58. Kiss on a gondola at sunset under the Bridge of Sighs
  59. Jump in a taxi and yell “Follow that car!” in NYC
  60. Ride 100 different roller coasters  (44/100)
  61. Visit a glow worm cave
  62. Swim in the Bioluminescent Bay of Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
  63. Ride in a Zorb Ball
  64. Witness a Total Solar Eclipse
  65. Ride Insanity at Las Vegas
  66. Play Quidditch
  67. Hike on the Appalachian Trail ✔
  68. Drive on the Autobahn
  69. Dive in a submarine
  70. Fly in a glider
  71. Fly in a hot air balloon
  72. Fly in a blimp
  73. Circumnavigate the globe
  74. Experience 24 hours of daylight in Alaska
  75. Ride Insano at Beach Park
  76. Stand on Kjeragbolten Rock
  77. Visit Salar de Uyuni during the rainy season
  78. See the Terra Cotta warriors and horses
  79. Go to the tree tunnel at Ballynoe
  80. Explore the Catacombs of Paris
  81. Visit the hill from the opening scene from the Sound of Music
  82. Swim in the world’s largest pool
  83. Stay in a tee-pee motel
  84. Climb Ayer’s Rock
  85. Swim in the Great Barrier Reef
  86. Climb the 54  14ers in Colorado
  87. Visit all 58 National Park (20/58)
  88. See the firefly squids glow (Japan)
  89. Kiss the Blarney Stone
  90. Wine tasting in California
  91. Swim in every ocean (2/4)
  92. Ride in a tuk tuk
  93. Experience weightlessness
  94. Wrap a snake around my neck
  95. Watch fireworks from a boat on a lake
  96. Go tornado/storm chasing
  97. Drive through a dust storm
  98. Airboat across an alligator infested swamp
  99. Navigate a personal underwater sub
  100. Hug a Redwood ✔
  101. See the salmon run
  102. Sleep in a barn on a haystack
  103. Sleep in an igloo ✔
  104. Whale watching
  105. Go skinny dipping
  106. Yodel on a remote mountain top
  107. Fly in the Goodyear Blimp
  108. Cross the tallest bridges in the world
  109. Go to a Renaissance festival ✔
  110. Black Friday shopping ✔
  111. Walk the Coiling Dragon Cliff Skywalk
  112. Bungee jumping
  113. Take a random flight at an airport
  114. Experience 25 different kinds of transportation
  115. Explore an abandoned amusement park
  116. The CN Tower Edge Walk
  117. Go kitesurfing
  118. Go cavern diving
  119. Go sailing on the ocean in a wooden ship

Things to Eat/Drink

  1. Drink fresh milk from a coconut
  2. Taste 200 different fruits
  3. Eat at the Heart Attack Grill
  4. Eat in an old-timey rail car diner
  5. Hot dog at Coney Island
  6. Ahi poke
  7. Ants
  8. Beef tongue
  9. Bird nest soup
  10. Bone marrow
  11. Cactus
  12. Century egg
  13. Cheeks
  14. Chicken feet
  15. Dim sum
  16. Elk
  17. Foie gras
  18. Frickles
  19. Green Tuna Fruit
  20. Haggis
  21. Head cheese
  22. Heart
  23. Lamb tongue
  24. Lamb brains
  25. Lambs rump
  26. Mochi
  27. Pigeon
  28. Pigs feet
  29. Rabbit
  30. Reindeer
  31. Scrapple
  32. Snake
  33. Wild Boar
  34. Yak
  35. Tripe
  36. Create my own cocktail
  37. Drink at a distillery
  38. Eat a meal cooked by a celebrity chef
  39. Eat a molecular gastronomy dinner
  40. Eat alone at a restaurant
  41. Extract honey from a beehive
  42. Hunt for wild mushrooms
  43. Dine on the Champs-Elysees
  44. Have a wine collection
  45. Go to T.G.I. Friday’s on a Friday
  46. Eat at a 5 star restaurant
  47. Deep fried Oreo
  48. Philly Cheesecake in Philly ✔
  49. Try 50 different kinds of beer
  50. Sanyou Cave Hanging Cliff Restaurant

Skills to Master (or at least try)

  1. Solve a Rubik’s cube ✔
  2. Learn to jump on a pogo stick
  3. Take up gourmet cooking
  4. Learn how to do a wall flip
  5. Learn Morse Code
  6. Learn Sign Language ✔
  7. Fold origami
  8. Stick shift
  9. Ukulele
  10. Bagpipes
  11. Scuba diving
  12. Paddle boarding
  13. Curling
  14. Walking on stilts
  15. Chopsticks
  16. Memorize a poem
  17. Start a fire without matches
  18. Building a house of cards
  19. Building a domino run ✔
  20. Learn to say “hello” in 10 languages
  21. Learn to say “thank you” in 10 languages
  22. Ballroom dance
  23. Archery
  24. Daily meditation
  25. Do a muscle-up
  26. Learn some parkour moves
  27. Walk 50 feet on a slackline
  28. Complete a Tough Mudder
  29. Complete a Warrior Dash
  30. Complete a Spartan Race
  31. Complete a GORUCK Challenge

Miscellaneous / Bizarre

  1. Have my name appear on Wikipedia
  2. Meet my doppleganger
  3. Contact/meet someone with my same name
  4. Pay the bridge toll for the person behind me
  5. Put change into someone’s expired meter
  6. Drive a zamboni
  7. Send a care package to a soldier
  8. Have a star named after me
  9. Write something in wet cement
  10. Find a 4 leaf clover
  11. Bowl a turkey
  12. Buy a cup of coffee for a cold Salvation Army Bell Ringer
  13. Read the Bible cover-to-cover
  14. Be on a jumbotron at a stadium ✔ (so many times!)
  15. Build a sand sculpture ✔
  16. Coin a word
  17. Send a message in a bottle ✔
  18. Find a pearl in an oyster
  19. Finish a crossword puzzle without cheating
  20. Meet someone famous ✔ (Bob Costas)
  21. Create a family logo
  22. Be in a commercial
  23. Take an improv class
  24. Do 24 hours of silence
  25. Teach a class
  26. Make a hole in one
  27. Own an original piece of artwork ✔
  28. Be a mentor
  29. Help someone with a check on their bucket list
  30. Be a member of an exclusive club
  31. Slide down a firehouse pole
  32. Entertain the elderly at a nursing home
  33. Shake hands with a U.S. President
  34. Be a contestant on a television game show
  35. Sponsor a child
  36. Participate in jury duty
  37. Cut a ribbon at a major opening
  38. Watch a live rocket launch
  39. Have a life-changing conversation with a complete stranger
  40. Watch the AFI 1oo Greatest Movies of All-Time
  41. Watch all the movies that won the Oscar for best movie
  42. See everything by Stanley Kubrick
  43. See everything by Charlie Chaplin
  44. See everything by Alfred Hitchcock
  45. See everything by Orson Welles
  46. See everything by Wes Anderson
  47. See everything by the Coen Brothers
  48. See everything by Martin Scorsese
  49. See everything by Steven Spielberg
  50. See everything by David Fincher
  51. See everything by Christopher Nolan
  52. Read everything by Shakespeare
  53. Read everything by Malcolm Gladwell
  54. Read everything by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  55. Read everything by Stephen King
  56. Read everything by John Steinbeck
  57. Read everything by Ernest Hemingway
  58. Belong to a secret society
  59. Call someone, tell them to look out their window, and be standing outside ✔
  60. Change clothes in a phone booth
  61. Create a world map with pins of where I’ve been
  62. Do something absolutely spontaneous
  63. Go in a hot tub outside during winter
  64. Kick in a door
  65. Lay in a street in the middle of the night
  66. Leave a $100 tip
  67. Own a large book collection ✔
  68. Receive a standing ovation
  69. Ride a mattress down a staircase ✔
  70. Send a letter to a random address
  71. Stay in a lighthouse

Events to Attend

  1. Attend the Olympics
  2. Attend an MLB game ✔ (1, 50, 100, 500, 1,000)
  3. Attend an NBA game ✔
  4. Attend an NFL game ✔
  5. Attend an NHL game
  6. Attend a professional soccer game ✔
  7. See U2 in concert
  8. See Coldplay in concert
  9. See Imagine Dragons in concert
  10. See Carrie Underwood in concert
  11. Attend a Native American Pow Wow
  12. Take part in a sky lantern festival
  13. Attend a film premiere
  14. Attend the midnight release of a movie
  15. Attend a gallery opening
  16. Get VIP passes to a show
  17. See a TED talk live
  18. Give a TED talk
  19. See the Lion King on Broadway
  20. See Les Miserables on Broadway
  21. See a Cirque de Soleil show ✔
  22. See a Ringling Bros. circus show ✔
  23. Attend the Overammergau Passion Play
  24. See an opera in Sydney
  25. Hear Vivaldi’s Four Seasons live
  26. Hear Beethovens 5th and 9th Symphonies live
  27. See a play at the Globe Theatre
  28. Attend a beach bonfire ✔
  29. Attend Wimbledon
  30. Mardi Gras in NOLA
  31. Carnival (Brazil)
  32. Blue Man Group ✔
  33. SXSW
  34. Burning Man
  35. Running of the Bulls
  36. Tomatina
  37. Grand Ole Opry in Nashville

Business and Finance

  1. Write and publish a book
  2. Write my memoir
  3. Become proficient in HTML/CSS ✔
  4. Design a website ✔
  5. Start a blog ✔
  6. Get 1,000 subscribers
  7. Make $100,000 online
  8. Become a millionaire
  9. Help my parents retire early
  10. Google search my name and have 1 page of stuff
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