Entering into college, I was asked a question by a close friend that would forever change the course of my life. “What I would ask a crystal ball if I could see anything past, present or future?” After a few moments of thought, the answer became clear… “What regrets would I have on my death bed”.
I meditated more on my answer later that evening. While I take a tremendous amount of pride in my career path, I know for certain the answer would not be to have spent more time in the office. My regrets would not have been that I did not own enough cool toys. Nor that I never got around to catching up on my Netflix queue.
My regret would undoubtedly come in the form of my remembrance of all of the adventures that I said I wanted to experience in life in my 20s and 30s, but that my frail body would no longer be able to do. The goal was best articulated by Diane Ackerman (author and poet) when she said
“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to live the width of it as well.”
So that night, I started my bucket list. No longer an ethereal system of mental notes that would fade from memory a mere day or two later, I now had a plan. …and the resolve to see that plan to completion. As I write this late into 2014, I have amassed 89 items so far, with 32 of those having allowed me the satisfaction of crossing them off.
This website is the virtual incarnation of that bucket list. It serves to remind me of the milestones I have accomplished, and what is on the horizon. Drop me a note on the contact page if you have any ideas to add to my list or questions about anything I have done. I hope this list will inspire you to experience many of the things this world has to offer, as it has for me.