List for Life

Driving into work this morning at the ungodly hour that we now have to be here, I was listening to one of the sub-par radio stations that we have as choices here in “currently not so hot”-lanta, and they were interviewing the host of “The Amazing Race”, and the upcoming “No Opportunity Wasted”, Phil Keoghan. He’s created this new show, a result of a near-death experience he had when he was 19, after which he got a new ‘zest’ for life, and actually made a list of things he wanted to do before he died. He calls this his “List for Life”, and has had to revise it a few times since he keeps completing the items within, including breaking a world record for bungee jumping & diving the world’s largest underwater cave. Basically, he lives each day as if was his last.

Cliche-factor aside, that actually inspired me, making me wonder what would be on my list. Nothing nearly as dangerous, I don’t suspect, but the first few things that came to me include:

  • Running a marathon
  • Learn to Scuba Dive
  • Get my black belt in karate
  • Write a book, and have it published
  • Be on The Today Show, not just as a person in the crowd, but as a guest
  • Act in a television or movie
  • Fall in Love, get married, have children, and all the trials & tribulations that go with it
  • Own a beach home with a big porch

I’m sure I could continue the list, and I probably will, but wondered: what would be on YOUR “List for Life?”

4 thoughts on “List for Life

  1. Lists are great, especially lifetime ones. The only thing I don’t like about them is that your list gets shorter when you accomplish the activity. For example, I wanted to either get married or have my Ph.D. before age 30. Now that I have accomplished both before 28, my list has gotten way shorter. Guess I have to fall back on seeing Genesis and Pink Floyd in concert or get creative and add new things to my list!

  2. It is a fantastic theory, and one that everyone should embrace. I’ve seen so many different versions of it over the years, but the end result is the same.
    We started making this list my junior year of high school, almost 15 (yikes!) years ago. So far we’ve accomplished a few things–own my car free and clear, have a healthy relationship that lasts longer that six weeks, own a dog, scuba dive, live in a foreign country, etc. Still left to accomplish of my 76 things listed: Own a Burnese Mountain Dog, spend time in Alaska, go skydiving, and (now more of a possibility than it was fifteen years ago when I wrote it down) travel in space.
    I forget who quoted it, but it all boils down to the same thing–“Give someone flowers today, so that they might enjoy them while they are alive, rather than wait and send flowers to their funeral.” Sieze the day, carpe diem, and do what ever the hell you want.

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