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: 82/476

17.2%

Crossed off by Date:

  • Visit the Angel Oak – January 1, 2019
  • Leave a $100 tip – January 3, 2019
  • Walk down Jones Street – January 3, 2019
  • Eat crickets – January 7, 2019
  • Make a pizza from scratch  – February 8, 2019
  • Go in a hot tub outside during winter – February 15, 2019
  • Eat in an old-timey rail car diner – February 16, 2019
  • Eat cactus – March 6, 2019
  • Make a blanket fort with a loved one – March 9, 2019
  • Spend a night in a haunted place – March 10, 2018
  • Attend the Boston Marathon – April 16, 2018
  • Visit the Baseball Hall of Fame – July 1, 2018
  • Walk across the Mississippi River – July 19, 2018
  • See the world’s tallest structure (#2) – July 19, 2018
  • Go inside a nuclear missile silo – July 19, 2018
  • Learn to pick a lock – October 22, 2018
  • Visit MOMA – October 25, 2018
  • Buy a cup of coffee for a cold Salvation Army Bell Ringer – December 8, 2018
  • Go ice skating in NYC – December 9, 2018
  • Drink fresh milk from a coconut – December 25, 2018
  • Have a star named after me – December 26, 2018

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

        Personal Development

      11. Stop procrastinating
      12. Become proactive
      13. Learn how to listen actively
      14. Study/improve my body language
      15. Increase personal willpower
      16. Write my manifesto

        Body and Health

      17. Run a 5k
      18. Run a 10K
      19. Run a half marathon
      20. Run a marathon
      21. Complete 40 consecutive pull-ups
      22. Complete 100 consecutive push-ups
      23. Run a mile in under 5 minutes
      24. Go on a multi-day bike ride
      25. Bike 100 miles in single day
      26. Participate in a triathlon
      27. Climb to the top of a rope in a gym
      28. Complete an adventure run
      29. Go a week drinking only water

        Places to Visit

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

        Adventures to Experience

      108. Free dive with giant sea turtles
      109. Hug a sloth
      110. Go horseback riding on a beach
      111. Look for Bigfoot
      112. Feed a Koala Bear
      113. Hold a tarantula
      114. Go dog-sledding
      115. Spend a night in a haunted place ✔
      116. Claim an undiscovered island
      117. Go on a road trip ✔
      118. Ride in a double-decker bus
      119. Climb the 50 state high points  (40/50)
      120. Kiss on top of a ferris wheel
      121. See a double rainbow ✔
      122. Be an extra in a Hollywood film
      123. See Halley’s Comet
      124. Feed a giraffe
      125. Go snowkiting
      126. Go volcano boarding
      127. Go white-water rafting ✔
      128. Ride a jet ski ✔
      129. Go rock climbing ✔
      130. Abseil down the Gaping-Gill
      131. Canoe the Boundary Waters ✔
      132. Travel down the Mississippi River
      133. Walk across the Mississippi River ✔
      134. Swim in the Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve
      135. Walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge
      136. Hike Tour de Mont Blanc
      137. Hike the Torres del Plaine Circut
      138. Hike the Kalalau trail
      139. Hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge
      140. Hike the Inca Trail
      141. Hike the Annapurna Circut
      142. Hike the Tongariro Northern Circut
      143. Go kloofing
      144. Complete a 5/5 star geocache
      145. Visit the Titanic in a submarine
      146. Enter the Cage of Death
      147. Go jetleving
      148. Ride the world’s largest ferris wheel(s)
      149. Take a canopy tour
      150. Witness a meteor shower in the desert
      151. Hike the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim
      152. See Old Faithful erupt ✔
      153. Swim in Devil’s pool
      154. Swim under the waterfalls at Plitvice
      155. Swim in the Blue Grotto
      156. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway in a convertible
      157. Swim in the Infinity Pool (Marina Bay Sands) Singapore
      158. Swim in the Great Blue Hole
      159. Spend a night at the Ice Hotel in Quebec
      160. Explore a real castle
      161. Walk behind a waterfall ✔
      162. Travel along the Wild Atlantic Way
      163. Ride a gondola in Venice while wearing a mask
      164. Kiss on a gondola at sunset under the Bridge of Sighs
      165. Jump in a taxi and yell “Follow that car!” in NYC
      166. Go ice skating in NYC ✔
      167. Ride 100 different roller coasters  (44/100)
      168. Visit a glow worm cave
      169. Swim in the Bioluminescent Bay of Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
      170. Ride in a Zorb Ball
      171. Witness a Total Solar Eclipse
      172. Ride Insanity at Las Vegas
      173. Play Quidditch
      174. Hike on the Appalachian Trail ✔
      175. Drive on the Autobahn
      176. Dive in a submarine
      177. Fly in a glider
      178. Fly in a hot air balloon
      179. Fly in a blimp
      180. Circumnavigate the globe
      181. Experience 24 hours of daylight in Alaska
      182. Ride Insano at Beach Park
      183. Stand on Kjeragbolten Rock
      184. Visit Salar de Uyuni during the rainy season
      185. See the Terra Cotta warriors and horses
      186. Go to the tree tunnel at Ballynoe
      187. See the Northern Lights
      188. Explore the Catacombs of Paris
      189. Swim in the world’s largest pool
      190. Stay in a tee-pee motel
      191. Climb Ayer’s Rock
      192. Swim over the Great Barrier Reef
      193. Climb the 54  14ers in Colorado
      194. Visit all 61 National Parks (35/61)
      195. See the firefly squids glow (Japan)
      196. Kiss the Blarney Stone
      197. Wine tasting in California
      198. Swim in every ocean (2/4)
      199. Ride in a tuk tuk
      200. Experience weightlessness
      201. Wrap a snake around my neck
      202. Watch fireworks from a boat on a lake
      203. Go tornado/storm chasing
      204. Drive through a dust storm
      205. Airboat across an alligator-infested swamp
      206. Navigate a personal underwater sub
      207. Hug a Redwood ✔
      208. See the salmon run
      209. Sleep in a barn on a haystack
      210. Sleep in an igloo ✔
      211. Whale watching ✔
      212. Go skinny dipping ✔
      213. Yodel on a remote mountain top
      214. Fly in the Goodyear Blimp
      215. Cross the tallest bridges in the world
      216. Go to a Renaissance festival ✔
      217. Black Friday shopping ✔
      218. Walk the Coiling Dragon Cliff Skywalk
      219. Bungee jumping ✔
      220. Take a random flight at an airport
      221. Experience 25 different kinds of transportation
      222. Go inside a nuclear missile silo ✔
      223. Explore an abandoned amusement park
      224. The CN Tower Edge Walk
      225. Go kitesurfing
      226. Go cavern diving
      227. Go sailing on the ocean in a wooden ship
      228. Kayak with whales
      229. Walk one of the Spanish Pilgrimage Trails
      230. Road trip from NYC to LA
      231. Camp on a true island
      232. Go para-skiing
      233. Try stand-up paddle boarding
      234. Try fire walking
      235. Try fly fishing
      236. Try ice fishing
      237. Try barefoot water-skiing
      238. Sleep in an overnight train
      239. Drive the entirety of Route 66
      240. Ride a dune buggy in the desert
      241. Go indoor skydiving ✔
      242. Climb a water tower
      243. Cross an entire country on foot
      244. Go into a zero gravity room
      245. Swim in all of the Great Lakes (3/5)

        Things to Eat/Drink

      246. Drink fresh milk from a coconut ✔
      247. Taste 200 different fruits
      248. Eat at the Heart Attack Grill
      249. Eat in an old-timey rail car diner ✔
      250. Hot dog at Coney Island
      251. Ahi poke
      252. Ants
      253. Crickets ✔
      254. Beef tongue
      255. Bird nest soup
      256. Bone marrow
      257. Cactus ✔
      258. Century egg
      259. Cheeks
      260. Chicken feet
      261. Dim sum
      262. Elk
      263. Foie gras
      264. Frickles
      265. Green Tuna Fruit
      266. Haggis
      267. Head cheese
      268. Heart
      269. Lamb tongue
      270. Lamb brains
      271. Lambs rump
      272. Mochi ✔
      273. Pigeon
      274. Pigs feet
      275. Rabbit
      276. Reindeer
      277. Scrapple
      278. Snake
      279. Wild Boar
      280. Yak
      281. Tripe
      282. Create my own cocktail
      283. Drink at a distillery ✔
      284. Eat a meal cooked by a celebrity chef
      285. Eat a molecular gastronomy dinner
      286. Eat alone at a restaurant ✔
      287. Extract honey from a beehive
      288. Hunt for wild mushrooms
      289. Dine on the Champs-Elysees
      290. Have a wine collection
      291. Go to T.G.I. Friday’s on a Friday
      292. Eat at a 5 star restaurant
      293. Deep fried Oreo
      294. Philly Cheesecake in Philly ✔
      295. Try 50 different kinds of beer
      296. Sanyou Cave Hanging Cliff Restaurant
      297. Make a pizza from scratch ✔
      298. Not eat out for an entire week
      299. Have a candle lit dinner
      300. Eat gelato in Italy
      301. Eat crepes in France
      302. Eat at Dans le Noir
      303. Eat dragon’s beard candy
      304. Eat Bitterballen in Amsterdam
      305. Eat a smoothie in a fruit bowl at Loco Coco (NYC)
      306. Drink glitter beer
      307. Eat a soft pretzel from an NYC cart

        Skills to Learn

      308. Solve a Rubik’s cube ✔
      309. Learn to jump on a pogo stick
      310. Take up gourmet cooking
      311. Learn how to do a wall flip
      312. Learn Morse Code
      313. Learn Sign Language ✔
      314. Fold origami
      315. Stick shift
      316. Ukulele
      317. Bagpipes
      318. Learn to pick a lock ✔
      319. Scuba diving
      320. Paddleboarding
      321. Curling
      322. Walking on stilts
      323. Chopsticks
      324. Memorize a poem
      325. Start a fire without matches
      326. Building a house of cards
      327. Building a domino run ✔
      328. Learn to say “hello” in 10 languages
      329. Learn to say “thank you” in 10 languages
      330. Learn to Ballroom dance
      331. Learn to Waltz
      332. Learn to Tango
      333. Learn to Salsa
      334. Learn Esperanto
      335. Archery
      336. Rip a telephone book in half
      337. Daily meditation
      338. Do a muscle-up
      339. Learn some parkour moves
      340. Walk 50 feet on a slackline
      341. Complete a Tough Mudder
      342. Complete a Warrior Dash
      343. Complete a Spartan Race
      344. Complete a GORUCK Challenge

        Miscellaneous/Bizarre

      345. Have my name appear on Wikipedia
      346. Meet my doppleganger
      347. Contact/meet someone with my same name
      348. Pay the bridge toll for the person behind me
      349. Put change into someone’s expired meter
      350. Drive a zamboni
      351. Send a care package to a soldier
      352. Have a star named after me ✔
      353. Write something in wet cement
      354. Find a 4 leaf clover
      355. Bowl a turkey
      356. Buy a cup of coffee for a cold Salvation Army Bell Ringer ✔
      357. Read the Bible cover-to-cover
      358. Be on a jumbotron at a stadium  ✔
      359. Build a sand sculpture ✔
      360. Coin a word
      361. Send a message in a bottle ✔
      362. Find a pearl in an oyster
      363. Finish a crossword puzzle without cheating
      364. Meet someone famous ✔
      365. Create a family logo
      366. Be in a commercial
      367. Take an improv class
      368. Do 24 hours of silence
      369. Teach a class
      370. Make a hole in one
      371. Own an original piece of artwork ✔
      372. Be a mentor
      373. Help someone with a check on their bucket list
      374. Be a member of an exclusive club
      375. Slide down a firehouse pole
      376. Entertain the elderly at a nursing home
      377. Shake hands with a U.S. President
      378. Be a contestant on a television game show
      379. Sponsor a child
      380. Donate blood
      381. Participate in jury duty
      382. Cut a ribbon at a major opening
      383. Watch a live rocket launch
      384. Have a life-changing conversation with a complete stranger
      385. Watch the AFI 100 Greatest Movies of All-Time
      386. Watch all the movies that won the Oscar for best movie
      387. See everything by Stanley Kubrick
      388. See everything by Charlie Chaplin
      389. See everything by Alfred Hitchcock
      390. See everything by Orson Welles
      391. See everything by Wes Anderson
      392. See everything by the Coen Brothers
      393. See everything by Martin Scorsese
      394. See everything by Steven Spielberg
      395. See everything by David Fincher
      396. See everything by Christopher Nolan
      397. Read everything by Shakespeare
      398. Read everything by Malcolm Gladwell
      399. Read everything by F. Scott Fitzgerald
      400. Read everything by Stephen King
      401. Read everything by John Steinbeck
      402. Read everything by Ernest Hemingway
      403. Read everything by Robert Jordan
      404. Belong to a secret society
      405. Call someone, tell them to look out their window, and be standing outside ✔
      406. Change clothes in a phone booth
      407. Create a world map with pins of where I’ve been
      408. Do something absolutely spontaneous
      409. Go in a hot tub outside during winter ✔
      410. Kick in a door
      411. Lay in a street in the middle of the night
      412. Leave a $100 tip ✔
      413. Own a large book collection ✔
      414. Receive a standing ovation
      415. Ride a mattress down a staircase
      416. Send a letter to a random address
      417. Stay in a lighthouse
      418. Make a blanket fort with a loved one ✔
      419. Take underwater photos
      420. Bury something to rediscover in the future with a loved one
      421. Do something nice for someone who will never find out
      422. Appear in a news broadcast on TV
      423. Keep a plant alive for a year
      424. Complete a piece of art I’m proud of
      425. Collect a penny for every year I’ve lived

        Events to Attend

      426. Attend the Olympics
      427. Attend an MLB game  (150100, 500) ✔
      428. Attend an NBA game ✔
      429. Attend an NFL game ✔
      430. Attend an NHL game
      431. Attend a professional soccer game ✔
      432. See U2 in concert
      433. See Coldplay in concert
      434. See Imagine Dragons in concert ✔
      435. See Carrie Underwood in concert
      436. See Lorde in concert ✔
      437. Attend a Native American Pow Wow
      438. Take part in a sky lantern festival
      439. Attend a film premiere
      440. Attend the midnight release of a movie ✔
      441. Attend a gallery opening
      442. Get VIP passes to a show
      443. See a TED talk live
      444. Give a TED talk
      445. See a Broadway performance
      446. See the Lion King on Broadway
      447. See Les Miserables on Broadway
      448. See a Cirque de Soleil show ✔
      449. See a Ringling Bros. circus show ✔
      450. Attend the Overammergau Passion Play
      451. See an opera in Sydney
      452. Hear Vivaldi’s Four Seasons live
      453. Hear Beethovens 5th and 9th Symphonies live
      454. See a play at the Globe Theatre
      455. Attend a beach bonfire ✔
      456. Attend Wimbledon
      457. Mardi Gras in NOLA
      458. Carnival (Brazil)
      459. Blue Man Group ✔
      460. SXSW
      461. Burning Man
      462. Running of the Bulls
      463. Boston Marathon ✔
      464. Tomatina
      465. Grand Ole Opry in Nashville
      466. Attend the Monaco Grand Prix
      467. Listen to one of the world’s great orchestras perform

        Business and Finance

      468. Write and publish a book
      469. Write my memoir
      470. Become proficient in HTML/CSS ✔
      471. Design a website ✔
      472. Start a blog ✔
      473. Get 1,000 subscribers
      474. Make $100,000 online
      475. Become a millionaire
      476. Help my parents retire early
      477. Google search my name and have 1 page of stuff

 

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