March 03

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The Bucket List

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Four years ago I completed an item on my bucket list without even realizing it. In 2009, I danced in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in a speedo and body paint. Let me tell you what courage is… being half naked in front of 300,000 people. It also, strangely enough, was a fulfilling experience. Taking my fear and staring it right in the face.

Also, after four months of starvation and a carb-less diet, it felt great to put myself out there. I will have a separate blog post about that. For now, here is my bucket list. Note that I have already taken off anything I have already achieved. In one year, I will revise the list.

* Items that are crossed out have been completed.

Adventure

  • Complete a triple crown: Marathon, Century and Tri in one year
  • Dance on a bar
  • Go bungee jumping
  • Go sky diving
  • Have a drink thrown in my face or be slapped for being a cad
  • Host an epic party
  • Live for a day as my alter ego
  • Party until sunrise
  • Ride a mechanical bull

Culture

  • Attend a black tie gala
  • Attend Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and Grammys parties
  • Dedicate and write a poem for someone
  • Create and maintain a blog
  • Eat at one of the world’s best restaurants – Michelin Star
  • Insert movie quotes into a conversation until the other person notices
  • Learn a martial art
  • Learn my grandparents’ native tongues of Spanish and French
  • Read the Top 100 Books of All Time
  • Spend a year reading one book a week
  • Watch every movie that has won an Oscar for Best Picture
  • Watch every James Bond film
  • Write a book

Giving Back or Good Will

  • Give a waiter a $100 tip
  • Help out a random stranger in distress
  • Raise $10,000 for a charity
  • Teach an adult how to read
  • Write inspirational sayings on 52 cards and leave them around town

Health

  • Achieve my ideal weight
  • Spend 48 hours without saying a word
  • Study yoga in India
  • Teach a spin class

Life Experience or Life Style

  • Abstain from sex for one year in my adult life
  • Attend an event at which a national leader or monarch is also dining
  • Become a parent
  • Bury a time capsule
  • Experience a tearful goodbye with somebody I’m not dating
  • Find Narnia – Admit that I like him or marry the love of my life
  • Give a speech at a good friend’s wedding
  • Give up social media for a week
  • Go skinny dipping in the ocean
  • Go to a fortune teller, psychic or have my tarot cards read
  • Have a happiness project and allow myself to make mistakes
  • Live on an island for a month … experience the island lifestyle
  • Make friends with at least 5 strangers on the street
  • Organize and execute a romantic picnic
  • Participate in a drum circle
  • Receive a fan letter or be asked for an autograph
  • Teach a spin class

Travel

  • Buy a same day plane ticket to a foreign country
  • Dive off a cliff into water
  • Fly first class (preferably Air Emirates)
  • Go inside the pyramids
  • Join the 100K frequent flyer club
  • Spend the night in a medieval castle
  • Straddle the international date line
  • Touch an iceberg
  • Travel and party on a house boat
  • Vacation at a silent retreat
  • Work in a hostel abroad

15. Host or attend a bonfire

17. Cuddle next to a campfire

22. Travel to the worlds’ best festivals

  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, DC
  • Loy Krathong, the sky lantern festival in Thailand
  • Oktoberfest in Munich Germany
  • Brazilian Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
  • Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  • The Ati-Atihan Festival in the Philippines
  • The Day of the Dead in Mexico
  • The Galway International Oyster Festival in Galway, Ireland
  • Carnival in Venice, Italy
  • Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada
  • La Tomatina in Valencia, Spain

24. Help someone complete an item on their bucket list

31. Purchase an around the world ticket and fly across time zones from San Francisco to San Francisco

38. Fly business class

45. Make a significant change in someone’s life

65. Start a fire without matches