Evan Nickel

My Bucket List

Hey, welcome to my bucket list! I wrote the very first version of this list when I was 14 years old. Back then it only had just over a hundred things on it.  But the crazy thing about life is that the longer you live, the more things you want to experience, see, try and learn.  So as I’ve grown, so too has this list.   I estimate it will take approximately a lifetime to complete.

My Personal Rules

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, it goes on the list. Zero hesitation.

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

Often the best experiences in life happen unexpectedly without advanced planning. If something unanticipated happens, it can immediately go on the list and immediately be crossed off.

 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.

Status: 64/414

(15.5% completed)

The Top 10

      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

      11. Stop procrastinating
      12. Become proactive
      13. Learn how to listen actively
      14. Study/improve my body language
      15. Increase personal willpower
      16. Run a 5k
      17. Run a 10k
      18. Run a half marathon
      19. Run a marathon
      20. Complete 40 consecutive pull-ups
      21. Complete 100 consecutive push-ups
      22. Run a mile in under 5 minutes

        Places to Visit

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

        Adventures to Experience

      93. Free dive with giant sea turtles
      94. Hug a sloth
      95. Go horseback riding on a beach
      96. Look for Bigfoot
      97. Feed a Koala Bear
      98. Hold a tarantula
      99. Go dog-sledding
      100. Spend a night in a haunted place ✔
      101. Claim an undiscovered island
      102. Go on a road trip ✔
      103. Ride in a double-decker bus
      104. Climb the 50 state high points  (36/50)
      105. Kiss on top of a ferris wheel
      106. See a double rainbow ✔
      107. Be an extra in a Hollywood film
      108. See Halley’s Comet
      109. Feed a giraffe
      110. Go snowkiting
      111. Go volcano boarding
      112. Go white-water rafting
      113. Ride a jet ski ✔
      114. Go rock climbing ✔
      115. Abseil down the Gaping-Gill
      116. Canoe the Boundary Waters ✔
      117. Travel down the Mississippi River
      118. Walk across the Mississippi River ✔
      119. Swim in the Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve
      120. Walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge
      121. Hike Tour de Mont Blanc
      122. Hike the Torres del Plaine Circut
      123. Hike the Kalalau trail
      124. Hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge
      125. Hike the Inca Trail
      126. Hike the Annapurna Circut
      127. Hike the Tongariro Northern Circut
      128. Go kloofing
      129. Complete a 5/5 star geocache
      130. Visit the titanic in a submarine
      131. Enter the Cage of Death
      132. Go jetleving
      133. Ride the world’s largest ferris wheel(s)
      134. Take a canopy tour
      135. Witness a meteor shower in the desert
      136. Hike the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim
      137. See Old Faithful erupt ✔
      138. Swim in Devil’s pool
      139. Swim under the waterfalls at Plitvice
      140. Swim in the Blue Grotto
      141. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway in a convertible
      142. Swim in the Infinity Pool (Marina Bay Sands) Singapore
      143. Swim in the Great Blue Hole
      144. Spend a night at the Ice Hotel in Quebec
      145. Explore a real castle
      146. Walk behind a waterfall ✔
      147. Travel along the Wild Atlantic Way
      148. Ride a gondola in Venice while wearing a mask
      149. Kiss on a gondola at sunset under the Bridge of Sighs
      150. Jump in a taxi and yell “Follow that car!” in NYC
      151. Ride 100 different roller coasters  (44/100)
      152. Visit a glow worm cave
      153. Swim in the Bioluminescent Bay of Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
      154. Ride in a Zorb Ball
      155. Witness a Total Solar Eclipse
      156. Ride Insanity at Las Vegas
      157. Play Quidditch
      158. Hike on the Appalachian Trail ✔
      159. Drive on the Autobahn
      160. Dive in a submarine
      161. Fly in a glider
      162. Fly in a hot air balloon
      163. Fly in a blimp
      164. Circumnavigate the globe
      165. Experience 24 hours of daylight in Alaska
      166. Ride Insano at Beach Park
      167. Stand on Kjeragbolten Rock
      168. Visit Salar de Uyuni during the rainy season
      169. See the Terra Cotta warriors and horses
      170. Go to the tree tunnel at Ballynoe
      171. Explore the Catacombs of Paris
      172. Swim in the world’s largest pool
      173. Stay in a tee-pee motel
      174. Climb Ayer’s Rock
      175. Swim over the Great Barrier Reef
      176. Climb the 54  14ers in Colorado
      177. Visit all 58 National Park (20/58)
      178. See the firefly squids glow (Japan)
      179. Kiss the Blarney Stone
      180. Wine tasting in California
      181. Swim in every ocean (2/4)
      182. Ride in a tuk tuk
      183. Experience weightlessness
      184. Wrap a snake around my neck
      185. Watch fireworks from a boat on a lake
      186. Go tornado/storm chasing
      187. Drive through a dust storm
      188. Airboat across an alligator-infested swamp
      189. Navigate a personal underwater sub
      190. Hug a Redwood ✔
      191. See the salmon run
      192. Sleep in a barn on a haystack
      193. Sleep in an igloo ✔
      194. Whale watching ✔
      195. Go skinny dipping ✔
      196. Yodel on a remote mountain top
      197. Fly in the Goodyear Blimp
      198. Cross the tallest bridges in the world
      199. Go to a Renaissance festival ✔
      200. Black Friday shopping ✔
      201. Walk the Coiling Dragon Cliff Skywalk
      202. Bungee jumping ✔
      203. Take a random flight at an airport
      204. Experience 25 different kinds of transportation
      205. Go inside a nuclear missle silo ✔
      206. Explore an abandoned amusement park
      207. The CN Tower Edge Walk
      208. Go kitesurfing
      209. Go cavern diving
      210. Go sailing on the ocean in a wooden ship

        Things to Eat/Drink

      211. Drink fresh milk from a coconut
      212. Taste 200 different fruits
      213. Eat at the Heart Attack Grill
      214. Eat in an old-timey rail car diner
      215. Hot dog at Coney Island
      216. Ahi poke
      217. Ants
      218. Beef tongue
      219. Bird nest soup
      220. Bone marrow
      221. Cactus
      222. Century egg
      223. Cheeks
      224. Chicken feet
      225. Dim sum
      226. Elk
      227. Foie gras
      228. Frickles
      229. Green Tuna Fruit
      230. Haggis
      231. Head cheese
      232. Heart
      233. Lamb tongue
      234. Lamb brains
      235. Lambs rump
      236. Mochi
      237. Pigeon
      238. Pigs feet
      239. Rabbit
      240. Reindeer
      241. Scrapple
      242. Snake
      243. Wild Boar
      244. Yak
      245. Tripe
      246. Create my own cocktail
      247. Drink at a distillery ✔
      248. Eat a meal cooked by a celebrity chef
      249. Eat a molecular gastronomy dinner
      250. Eat alone at a restaurant ✔
      251. Extract honey from a beehive
      252. Hunt for wild mushrooms
      253. Dine on the Champs-Elysees
      254. Have a wine collection
      255. Go to T.G.I. Friday’s on a Friday
      256. Eat at a 5 star restaurant
      257. Deep fried Oreo
      258. Philly Cheesecake in Philly ✔
      259. Try 50 different kinds of beer
      260. Sanyou Cave Hanging Cliff Restaurant

        Skills to Learn

      261. Solve a Rubik’s cube ✔
      262. Learn to jump on a pogo stick
      263. Take up gourmet cooking
      264. Learn how to do a wall flip
      265. Learn Morse Code
      266. Learn Sign Language ✔
      267. Fold origami
      268. Stick shift
      269. Ukulele
      270. Bagpipes
      271. Learn to pick a lock ✔
      272. Scuba diving
      273. Paddleboarding
      274. Curling
      275. Walking on stilts
      276. Chopsticks
      277. Memorize a poem
      278. Start a fire without matches
      279. Building a house of cards
      280. Building a domino run ✔
      281. Learn to say “hello” in 10 languages
      282. Learn to say “thank you” in 10 languages
      283. Ballroom dance
      284. Archery
      285. Rip a telephone book in half
      286. Daily meditation
      287. Do a muscle-up
      288. Learn some parkour moves
      289. Walk 50 feet on a slackline
      290. Complete a Tough Mudder
      291. Complete a Warrior Dash
      292. Complete a Spartan Race
      293. Complete a GORUCK Challenge

        Miscellaneous/Bizarre

      294. Have my name appear on Wikipedia
      295. Meet my doppleganger
      296. Contact/meet someone with my same name
      297. Pay the bridge toll for the person behind me
      298. Put change into someone’s expired meter
      299. Drive a zamboni
      300. Send a care package to a soldier
      301. Have a star named after me
      302. Write something in wet cement
      303. Find a 4 leaf clover
      304. Bowl a turkey
      305. Buy a cup of coffee for a cold Salvation Army Bell Ringer
      306. Read the Bible cover-to-cover
      307. Be on a jumbotron at a stadium  ✔
      308. Build a sand sculpture ✔
      309. Coin a word
      310. Send a message in a bottle ✔
      311. Find a pearl in an oyster
      312. Finish a crossword puzzle without cheating
      313. Meet someone famous ✔
      314. Create a family logo
      315. Be in a commercial
      316. Take an improv class
      317. Do 24 hours of silence
      318. Teach a class
      319. Make a hole in one
      320. Own an original piece of artwork ✔
      321. Be a mentor
      322. Help someone with a check on their bucket list
      323. Be a member of an exclusive club
      324. Slide down a firehouse pole
      325. Entertain the elderly at a nursing home
      326. Shake hands with a U.S. President
      327. Be a contestant on a television game show
      328. Sponsor a child
      329. Participate in jury duty
      330. Cut a ribbon at a major opening
      331. Watch a live rocket launch
      332. Have a life-changing conversation with a complete stranger
      333. Watch the AFI 100 Greatest Movies of All-Time
      334. Watch all the movies that won the Oscar for best movie
      335. See everything by Stanley Kubrick
      336. See everything by Charlie Chaplin
      337. See everything by Alfred Hitchcock
      338. See everything by Orson Welles
      339. See everything by Wes Anderson
      340. See everything by the Coen Brothers
      341. See everything by Martin Scorsese
      342. See everything by Steven Spielberg
      343. See everything by David Fincher
      344. See everything by Christopher Nolan
      345. Read everything by Shakespeare
      346. Read everything by Malcolm Gladwell
      347. Read everything by F. Scott Fitzgerald
      348. Read everything by Stephen King
      349. Read everything by John Steinbeck
      350. Read everything by Ernest Hemingway
      351. Read everything by Robert Jordan
      352. Belong to a secret society
      353. Call someone, tell them to look out their window, and be standing outside ✔
      354. Change clothes in a phone booth
      355. Create a world map with pins of where I’ve been
      356. Do something absolutely spontaneous
      357. Go in a hot tub outside during winter
      358. Kick in a door
      359. Lay in a street in the middle of the night
      360. Leave a $100 tip
      361. Own a large book collection ✔
      362. Receive a standing ovation
      363. Ride a mattress down a staircase
      364. Send a letter to a random address
      365. Stay in a lighthouse

        Events to Attend

      366. Attend the Olympics
      367. Attend an MLB game  (150100, 500) ✔
      368. Attend an NBA game ✔
      369. Attend an NFL game ✔
      370. Attend an NHL game
      371. Attend a professional soccer game ✔
      372. See U2 in concert
      373. See Coldplay in concert
      374. See Imagine Dragons in concert ✔
      375. See Carrie Underwood in concert
      376. See Lorde in concert ✔
      377. Attend a Native American Pow Wow
      378. Take part in a sky lantern festival
      379. Attend a film premiere
      380. Attend the midnight release of a movie ✔
      381. Attend a gallery opening
      382. Get VIP passes to a show
      383. See a TED talk live
      384. Give a TED talk
      385. See the Lion King on Broadway
      386. See Les Miserables on Broadway
      387. See a Cirque de Soleil show ✔
      388. See a Ringling Bros. circus show ✔
      389. Attend the Overammergau Passion Play
      390. See an opera in Sydney
      391. Hear Vivaldi’s Four Seasons live
      392. Hear Beethovens 5th and 9th Symphonies live
      393. See a play at the Globe Theatre
      394. Attend a beach bonfire ✔
      395. Attend Wimbledon
      396. Mardi Gras in NOLA
      397. Carnival (Brazil)
      398. Blue Man Group ✔
      399. SXSW
      400. Burning Man
      401. Running of the Bulls
      402. Boston Marathon ✔
      403. Tomatina
      404. Grand Ole Opry in Nashville

        Business and Finance

      405. Write and publish a book
      406. Write my memoir
      407. Become proficient in HTML/CSS ✔
      408. Design a website ✔
      409. Start a blog ✔
      410. Get 1,000 subscribers
      411. Make $100,000 online
      412. Become a millionaire
      413. Help my parents retire early
      414. Google search my name and have 1 page of stuff

 

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