“If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.”  Thomas Edison

A few months ago I was inspired by one of my friends to create a bucket list. For his senior honors thesis, he has been trying to develop a whole movement about living spontaneously. I had thought about creating a list before and with his influence and the fact that I will be graduating from college at the end of the semester, I began working on mine. It has actually taken me a few weeks to complete it, since I wanted to come up with exactly 100 things to do before I die. Through the process of making my list, I was able to reflect on some of the experiences I have already had and I realized there are a lot of things I already checked off my figurative list. Nonetheless, I came up with 100 (checked off one while still compiling it) and here you have it! (Originally published on April 1, 2013).

1. Publish a novel

2. Get married

3. Ride in a hot air balloon

4. Have a baby

5. Get a tattoo

6. See the Great Pyramids of Egypt

7. Learn to swim

8. Write for a newspaper – 7/1/13

9. Attend the Westminster Dog Show

10. Own a purebred Labrador

11. Own a beagle – 7/13/13

12. Release a floating lantern

13. Have a white Christmas

14. Mentor someone

15. Take a cross-country road trip

16. Visit every U.S. state

17. Go through Confirmation

18. Ensure my mother sees Italy

19. Learn another language

20. Buy a house

21. Be able to buy a new car

22. Live near a shore

23. Spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square

24. Watch the sunset on the West Coast (California)

25. Ride a camel

26. Go to a shooting range/shoot a handgun

27. Interview a celebrity

28. Win an award for writing

29. Learn to make my mother’s gravy

30. Learn to make homemade pasta/raviolis

31. Get a master’s degree

32. Maintain a well-trafficked blog

33. Visit different religious sites (Cathedral, synagogue, temple, mosque, etc.)

34. Attend at least one of every pro sport game (need: MLS and NFL)

35. Plant and nurture a tree

36. See the Northern Lights

37. Buy a homeless person dinner

38. Buy a random plane ticket/throw a dart at a map and go there

39. Attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

40. Celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans

41. Celebrate my 50th wedding anniversary

42. Attach a lock to a love bridge

43. Donate blood

44. Go skinny-dipping

45. Spend the night/sleep on the beach

46. Go to a drive-in-movie

47. Write for a magazine

48. See The Lion King musical

49. See Aida, the musical

50. See a play on Broadway

51. Buy a veteran/soldier dinner

52. Research and document my family’s history

53. Record a story with StoryCorps

54. Volunteer through Big Brothers/Big Sisters

55. Ride a motorcycle

56. Go skydiving/fly

57. Sing karaoke – 3/11/13

58. Serve on Phi Sigma Pi’s National Council/National Staff

59. Become LIA certified through Phi Sigma Pi

60. Take the LSAT

61. Tie a wish to the wish tree at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL  – 4/6/13

62. Send a message in a bottle – 6/24/13

63. Visit Rome with the love of my life

64. Witness an animal give birth

65. Pet a (baby) tiger

66. Become a grandparent

67. Attend an Olympic event

68. Plant a tree the year my child is born and watch it grow

69. Take a picture of my child on their first day of school every year

70. Ride a horse

71. Get my private investigator certification

72. Do a Picture-a-Day of food for a year

73. Ride an elephant

74. Party in Las Vegas

75. See the sunrise on the east coast of Florida and the sunset on the west coast the same day

76. Meet the (current) President

77. Attend a Stanley Cup final game

78. See Chelsea FC play at Stamford Bridge

79. Cook an entire traditional Thanksgiving or Christmas meal

80. Write my own wedding vows

81. Have a paint fight/play messy Twister

82. Finish an entire tube of Chapstick

83. Give up something meaningful for Lent and keep it

84. Compile a family cookbook

85. See the Grand Canyon and the Rocky Mountains

86. See a wild moose

87. See a wild wolf, preferably in Yellowstone

88. Successfully fly a kite

89. Learn to knit like Grandma

90. Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity

91. Serve a meal at a homeless shelter/soup kitchen

92. Ride a dog sled

93. Wear a big hat to a tea party – 5/24/13

94. Attend the Kentucky Derby

95. Bake a cake completely from scratch

96. Finish the BBC’s 100 Books to Read Before You Die list

97. Watch AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list

98. Build my children a treehouse

99. Attend the Epsilon Delta class inductions of the Epsilon Delta Chapter

100. Leave a lasting legacy

 

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