50 Things I Want To Do In My Lifetime

Inspired by Lil, who was inspired by the tragic early death of our friend Kim…In no particular order (yet), here are 50 things I want to do in my lifetime. Well, probably not 50 quite yet, but I’ll add more as I think of them. Items crossed out have been achieved since I first published it in early 2005.

  1. Write (and have published / widely distributed) a novel
  2. Stand on a hawaii mountain-top at sunrise
  3. Learn to play an instrument. Well.
  4. Go sledging in the snow
  5. Skate on the Central Park ice rink at christmas – Done, but not at christmas.
  6. Visit the arctic / antarctica
  7. Go on a safari
  8. Learn to fly a plane
  9. Visit a bioluminescent lake
  10. Bungee jump
  11. See the aurora (borealis or australis, I’m not fussy)
  12. Thank Richard Dawkins, in person (or as close as possible)- Done, in person.
  13. Parachute jump
  14. Ice-skate on a frozen lake
  15. Take a long train journey – one where you have your own compartment for a couple of weeks
  16. Scuba-dive comfortably (I’ve done it, but the suit didn’t fit properly and I nearly froze)
  17. Use a telescope to see Saturn, a comet, all of the planets
  18. Make a short film of decent quality
  19. Learn to juggle five balls
  20. Perform in a play on stage for the paying public
  21. Sleep in the ice hotel
  22. Take up magic again
  23. Get a physics degree
  24. Learn to twirl a baton
  25. Try my hand at presenting a radio show
  26. Dance for an audienceDone
  27. Sell a photograph I’ve taken to a genuine stranger
  28. Become proficient at origami
  29. Be an authority on something
  30. Conclusively win a political debate using logic only
  31. Play in a band on stage
  32. See dolphins in the wild
  33. Become assertive enough to cope in the real world
  34. Build a house
  35. Write a poem that makes people cry (in a good way, obviously)