Life List: Chipping Away & Reevaluating

April 27, 2011


A little over a year ago I made a Life List filled with wonderful and interesting and simple things I wanted to do. I’ve had some success in tackling items, but the last half of last year got in the way and somehow I’ve forgotten that list existed. More so I’ve forgotten a bit that life is there for the taking – you just need to decide what you want to take.

I am a little ashamed to admit this, but I just recently saw The Social Network. One of my favorite scenes in the book is when the Winklevoss twins go to meet with Larry Summers, then President of Harvard, and the movie version of the scene did not disappoint. President Summers delivers a line that is so true it should be tattooed on every single university student across the country: “Harvard undergraduates believe that inventing a job is better than finding a job.”

It took hearing that again to remember why I created the Life List in the first place. Having a life is not nearly as interesting as creating a life.

And so I am going to dust off that inspired list, but also take a good look at it. It’s not static. It’s a living, breathing document filled with what inspires me at the time and long term. Some things will stay, some things will not. Much will get added.

We all know the thing about how nothing gets done unless you write it down and take action on it, so in that spirit, I hereby commit to the following items in the two months:

18. Belly dance and pole dance
34. Go on a picnic
45. Get back on a horse. Learn to ride comfortably.

Your turn. Do you have a life list? Would you link to it in the comments? I’d love to see what’s on it. What will you do next? PICK SOMETHING. Let’s do this together!

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3 Responses to “Life List: Chipping Away & Reevaluating”

  1. Knighton Says:

    I need to update my list too. Found here:

    Realized just now that I completed three items on the list this winter:
    #53, #57, #59. And I started working on #27, though without the art classes. Funny how even when I wasn’t paying attention to working the list, I was doing some of the things I care about.

    In any case, here is what’s up for the next couple months:
    #44 – Buy coffee and end tables. Since we’re moving.
    #52 – Rearrange the den. By necessity.
    #58 – Design my home office. Because on Saturday, I’ll actually have one!

  2. elz Says:

    #18, baby! Sometime soon…


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