A couple of months ago my friend Jen Sterling and I were having dinner discussing how we always wanted to get together and write our "life list." We were inspired by Ted Leonsis who survived a plane crash in 1983. Upon walking away with a new found appreciation for life, he wrote a life list of the 101 things he wanted to do before he died. He put things like "own a yacht" and "win an Oscar/Emmy/Tony award" - he dared to dream big. Thing is, he's now crossed off 71 items off his list. So last night Jen and I sat down with our other friend Kristen to write our own "life list". Turns out it's harder than you may think. After a couple hours (and dry martinis) I came up with 63. We decided to take a break and reconvene for round two in about a month.
Here's what I have so far. I'd love to hear some of your ideas so maybe I can get inspired and actually make it to 100. :)
1. Write a book and get it published 2. Run a marathon 3. Donate $1 million dollars anonymously 4. Earn $10,000 for an hours worth of work 5. Start a foundation/organization/association 6. Go sky diving 7. Visit all 50 States 8. Backpack through Europe 9. Scuba dive along the Great Barrier Reef in Australia 10. Eat sushi in Japan. 11. Go to Carnival in Rio 12. Take a safari in Africa 13. Get interviewed by Oprah 14. Be on the cover of a magazine 15. Land a Fortune 500 client 16. Work for the Martin Agency 17. Own an island 18. Sing on Broadway 19. License a product or idea 20. Become conversational in French 21. Become conversational in Spanish 22. Invent something and bring it to market 23. Start a band 24. Own a sports team 25. Live in Manhattan for one year 26. Live in San Francisco for one year 27. Get married on a beach 28. Have children 29. Have a net worth of $10 million (after taxes) 30. Go to the Olympics 31. Leave a $5000 tip to someone who deserves it 32. Visit the White House on a private tour 33. Have a syndicated column in a national magazine 34. Create an idea that earns $1,000,000 35. Be a mentor 36. Learn calligraphy 37. Own a Matisse 38. Own a successful restaurant 39. Pass the sommelier exam 40. Own a villa in Tuscany (vineyard optional) 41. Get a tattoo 42. Speak to an audience of more than 5000 people 43. Own a townhouse in Old Town Alexandria 44. Be invited to an A-List party 45. Take a 2 week vacation by myself 46. Own something that is haute couture 47. Donate my hair to locks of love 48. Have lunch with Seth Godin 49. Take a photography class 50. Visit Sedona 51. Learn how to tango 52. Take a helicoptor tour of Hawaii 53. Drive a motorcycle 54. Swim on a master's swim team 55. Sell one of my paintings for over $500 56. Write a song and perform it in public 57. Take care of my parents 58. Win a "best in business" type of award 59. Become an aerobics instructor 60. Visit Sedona The Grand Canyon 61. Earn my Master's degree 62. Own a convertible car 63. Fly an airplane
So that's what I've got so far. What would you do?
Update: I must really want to go to Sedona - I put it on my list twice originally. :)