Jan 18, 2010

My unburied life

In two months I will turn 31. It's not the number that scares me, it's the number of years left to do things dreamed of. And after watching an episode of a reality TV series called The Buried Life — in which four friends from Victoria, B.C. write out their quasi bucket list and, in their travels, discover human potential and the joy of helping others — I'm starting my list. It will be a running list to be added to, changed and, hopefully, completed.

  1. Get a university degree
  2. Go to Canada's capital, Ottawa
  3. Experience the joy (pain/love/frustration) of having a child
  4. Volunteer in my community
  5. Do what I love for a living
  6. Sky dive from 10,000 feet
  7. Zip line through trees
  8. Visit my dad in Australia
To do (in no particular order):
  1. Visit at least one place on every continent (I'll start big. So far, two. Five to go)
  2. See the wonders of the world
  3. Swim in all five oceans (got two under my belt)
  4. Work for a large daily newspaper
  5. Work overseas
  6. Go to a movie by myself
  7. Write a novel — or two or three
  8. Travel across Canada in a van
  9. Help a community in a developing country
  10. Stop thinking about my teeth when I smile
  11. Golf in the middle of the night in Alaska during the 24-hours of daylight
  12. See my son graduate from a post-secondary school
  13. Complete my own "Motorcycle Diaries"
  14. Get a tattoo by Chris Garver at Miami Ink
  15. Speak a second language fluently
  16. Tour Vancouver Island
  17. Buy a house
  18. Grow (some of) my own food
  19. Visit my mother's grave
  20. Learn to surf
  21. Get out of debt
  22. Buy a new couch — a real one
  23. See my grandparents in Ontario before they die
  24. Become a better cook
  25. Read a book to a group of children
  26. Finish my life-guarding requirements
  27. Be spontaneous
OK, I think that's a good start. I'll post more as they come...

So, here's the question: What do you want to do before you die?


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