Bucket List

I never saw myself as a person who would get so caught up in work and routine that I would forget what it was to live, to be silly, to laugh for no reason at all. Just as every time I emphatically scream ‘NEVER’, it happened. I got so caught up that I hadn’t had a vacation in 2 years and I would choose work over everything else that brought a twinkle to my eye. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my job. The fact was that I had forgotten how to live.

I had started noting down all my dreams and fantasies (even ones from when I was 3 years old) into my journal of dreams and when I came across the Day Zero Project, I knew I had to sign up. This is my ‘I’m not going to trash this in the next time bin’. This is just to remind myself to slow down and live. Maybe I can inspire you to start one of your own.

If you haven’t heard of the project before –  GO. NOW. SIGN UP. Really, you won’t regret it. Here’s how it works:

The Challenge:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part).

Why 1001 Days? 
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List’. The key to beating  procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

My first list starts today, April 16, 2010  and ends January 12, 2013
Italics  = In Progress. Strikethrough =Completed
  1. Identify 100 things that make me happy
  2. Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all
  3. Fold a 1001 origami cranes for someone I love
  4. Leave an inspirational note in someone’s book for them to find
  5. Read 100 books (100/100)
  6. Donate/Raise money for a cause
  7. See 10 classic movies I’ve never seen (10/10)
  8. See a movie in 3D
  9. Sleep under the stars
  10. Ride on a tire swing
  11. Help someone give birth
  12. Send a secret to PostSecret
  13. Write a memory a day to be read on the NYE of 2012
  14. Learn how to play poker
  15. Write a song
  16. Dance in the rain
  17. Climb a mountain
  18. Host a dinner party
  19. Explore a cave
  20. Create a photographic journal for one week
  21. Influence a person to make a day zero list
  22. Be in two states at once
  23. Tie a note to a balloon and let it go
  24. Update my resume
  25. Jump into a body of water fully clothed
  26. Make an iTunes playlist of 101 of my favorite songs
  27. Lose weight
  28. Ride an elephant
  29. Laugh until it hurts
  30. Go on a safari in Africa
  31. Live Abroad
  32. Learn how to take a compliment.
  33. Play spin the bottle
  34. Get an article published in a newspaper or magazine
  35. Start a fire with a magnifying glass
  36. Quit my job to follow my dreams
  37. Watch a solar eclipse
  38. Go to a concert (I’ve never been to one before)
  39. Complete my Taize Scrap Book
  40. Volunteer in Africa for at least 3 months
  41. Learn and cook a 3 course Indian meal
  42. Get fit – Join a gym
  43. Run an art class for children
  44. Live by myself for a year
  45. Ride a geared bike (without fear of being road kill!)
  46. Sit at a railway station early in the morning and solve a crossword puzzle bought at station. Do this alone or with a loved one
  47. Go backpacking without a plan
  48. Learn a foreign language – French is not counted!
  49. Own a rescued animal
  50. Sell one of my handmade cards
  51. Fly a kite again
  52. Watch an IPL/T20 match live (Preferably with RCB Playing)
  53. Get lost in a corn/daffodil field
  54. Write a blogpost every month for a year
  55. Get away for a week without telling anyone
  56. Stay out all night dancing and go to work the next day without having gone home
  57. Sign up on Postcrossing and send postcards
  58. Custom paint a bike
  59. Watch a lightening storm at sea
  60. Change my name for a day and do things I wouldn’t normally do
  61. Get kissed in the rain
  62. Have a ‘make a wish’ day every year and see it through! 🙂
  63. Allow someone to buy me a drink
  64. Dress up for once
  65. Give out free hugs one day
  66. Start cycling again
  67. Get someone I love to follow my holiday traditions 😉
  68. Have my palm read OR my astrological chart drawn out
  69. Write a letter to myself on my birthday to open in 10 years
  70. Go on a ‘Bus Day’ in the local BMTC buses.
  71. Go on a picnic
  72. Go to a lighthouse
  73. Get a massage
  74. Eat Sushi
  75. Celebrate Christmas in Summer
  76. Spend a whole day at the beach
  77. Create a piece of art
  78. plant a tree
  79. Take a Yoga class
  80. Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day
  81. Go camping
  82. Finish my African Adventure Scrapbook
  83. Custom paint a helmet
  84. Adopt another unusual animal/creature 😀
  85. Paint my face for a sporting event
  86. Own a charm keychain
  87. Ride a camel
  88. Buy a laptop
  89. Get a smart phone
  90. Make a coke and mentos eruption
  91. Buy a Carroms Board – (Moved to Second List)
  92. Complete a Pinterest Project
  93. Conduct a Summer Camp
  94. Have a Doctor Who marathon
  95. Meet the Poets of the Fall
  96. Dye my hair
  97. Do a 30×30 Challenge (30 minutes of physical activity for 30 days)
  98. Make a Kiva loan
  99. Plan my sister’s bachelorette party
  100. Create a scavenger hunt
  101. Develop a workout routine that doesn’t require equipment

Creating realistic deadlines to my long standing bucket list goals, writing them down and consciously making an effort to mark them ‘done’ is possibly the best decision I’ve made in a long time.

I even got to mark some things off my “Someday” list – some exciting things like

  1. Scale a Volcano
  2. Be a teacher at a kindergarten
  3. Go snorkelling
  4. Visit Singapore and Malaysia
  5. Volunteer in Africa
  6. Live on Mount Kilimanjaro
  7. Visit the Taj Mahal
  8. Witness the Serengeti Migration in Tanzania

The success of this list has inspired me to start working on another. While it’s still a work in progress, I hope I’m able to plough through it with the same rigour! Wish me luck?

28 thoughts on “Bucket List

  1. Your a real go get. Exciting bucket list. Nice blog you have here. Seen you comment over on Judy’s blog Petit 4 Chocolatier.

    I would like to invite you to view, Savor the Food.

    Thanks for sharing your blog with Us!! 🙂

    Chef Randall


    1. Haha, the ‘fixity of purpose’ can be a hindrance sometimes – where you’re so caught up in your list that you forget to go out on a limb once in a while. Wavering is good, Sam – it means you’re open to just go for it! \m/ Have you put your lists up somewhere? I must catch up! 🙂


  2. Just read this and I’m definitely going to steal this idea (if I may of course.. I will definitely shout your name all over the web ;))!! So great to see you’ve done everything!


          1. Hi! I’m working on my 101 things in 1001 days right now! Do you mind if I use your line “Italics = In Progress. Strikethrough =Completed”…because it’s a good idea to show which things are in progress! Let me know 🙂


  3. I’m so jealous that you finished nearly everything! I have a year and a few days left and I keep looking at my list and knowing some things just won’t get crossed off :/


    1. I think it goes without saying that a lot of these things you will never do. I think that’s the good thing of having a list you control, you can audit it every 6 months!


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