Sunday, May 15, 2011

(Draft of) My Impossible List

So I was inspired by the "Blog of Impossible Things" to draft a list of my own. If you haven't checked it out, it's worth a read...

This is a slightly different take on a bucket list; some of these are things that I want to "check off", but others are just things that will be fun, that I want to make sure I make a priority at some point -- otherwise all those "someday" adventures might not happen! This is also a list that can be added to at any point; for example as I tick off some fitness or travel items, others will rise up to take their place.

The list below is very rough; I've really just begun to draft this... but I thought I'd go ahead and post it publicly to give myself incentive to refine and then start working towards ticking things off!

There is at least one category missing: "Life Goals"... this is a biggie, and I'm working on that separately (at least for now).


Fitness Goals
  • Run a 5k race
  • Run 5 miles (Realized that this is really not important to me. I'm not a runner. Getting back in shape through climbing, HIT training, biking instead.)
  • 100 consecutive push ups
  • 50 consecutive pull ups
  • Get back down to 170 lbs (177 as of 5/13/11) Done 7/2013
  • Get back down to 165 lbs Done 10/2013
  • Get a respectable six pack Getting there 11/2013
  • Bench 225 lbs (again)
  • Earn a second blackbelt
  • Replace car with bike for routine errands (Summer 2013)

Travel Goals
  • Visit Central America (Costa Rica, 1997-98)
  • Visit Thailand (1999??)
  • Spend a season in the Italian countryside
  • Visit Ushuaia
  • See the Southern Cross
  • Spend a month in Asia
  • Visit Australia & New Zealand
  • Watch a soccer match in England
  • See the running of the bulls
  • 3-month US roadtrip with an RV/trailer
  • Attend Octoberfest
  • Spent 6 consecutive months outside of the US
  • Visit Alaska
  • Go on a cruise

Green Living Goals
  • Ditch cable TV (Fall 2011, again Summer 2013)
  • Rainwater capture for garden (Spring 2013)
  • Solar power for home
  • Grow 25% of veggies we use (did OK in 2013...)
  • Grow almost all of the herbs we cook with
  • Skip meat at least one day/week

Adventure Goals
  • Sky Dive (2000?)
  • Surf respectably, once (2005?)
  • Go non-tandem skydiving
  • Scuba a shipwreck
  • Dive with sharks
  • Dive with dolphins
  • Learn to kitesurf
  • Windsurf respectably, once
  • Fly a paraglider
  • Climb a mountain (TBD)
  • Top-rope an ice climb
  • Month+ canoe trip in Canada
  • Backpack for 3 weeks
  • Snowboarding trip (TBD)
  • Climb in Hueco
  • Fly fish
  • Go snowshoing
  • Go cross-country skiing
  • Whale close-up

Rock Climbing Goals
  • Redpoint Slash and Burn (5.12d -- The New)
  • Re-redpoint The Trophy (5.12c -- Vegas)
  • Redpoint Pet Shop Boys (5.12d -- Vegas)
  • Redpoint a 5.13a
  • Send Scary Monsters (v6 -- Joe’s)
  • Send Midnight Lightning (v8? -- Yosemite)
  • Climb El Cap
  • Climb Half Dome -- any direct route
  • Climb Epinepherine with Sydney

  • Become comfortable in 3 foreign languages
    • Spanish
    • Italian? Greek? Chinese?
  • Build a house
  • Create a piece of art
  • Invent something patentable
  • Take down a deer with bow & arrow

Professional / Financial Goals
  • Start a business (2012)
  • Sell a business
  • Be a CEO (2012)
  • Raise money for a business (2012)
  • Sit on a board of directors (Realized that this is really not important to me.)
  • $2M in liquid assets (Realized that this is really not important to me.)
  • Mostly-passive income stream(s) covering our routine needs