The picture is me on a scooter in the streets of Bermuda, June 2009, right before I took off like a banshee and crashed about 100yds away into a hundred year old wall. The story isn’t that I crashed into a wall and hurt my body and pride in the process. The story is the fact that I was on dialysis at the time, dialyzing 4-5 times a day (30 minutes at a time), and teetering on complete kidney failure. Yet, I went to Bermuda and crashed anyways.
The point being, why let something hold you back? What could you accomplish in 1,000 days? That is the challenge I have given you and myself. I’m starting April 7, 2011 to end January 1, 2014.
There are a lot blogs about doing a bucket list, but Joel’s blog has been the most inspiring to me. I want to tell a better story with my life, and not play it safe and comfortable. I need to challenge myself, and drop a hydrogen bomb on my comfort zones.
Will I be able to accomplish all of these things in 1,000 days? What if I could? What if you made a 1,000 days list and started doing the things you always wanted to do? What would your life look like in 1,000 days? What kind of experiences could you collect? What kind of stories could be told?
We have the ability to inspire other people and give hope. This is my attempt to do so on a personal and interpersonal level. What if we broke free and did things that stretched our limits and helped someone else break free as well. What if we changed the word?
So here is my list, in no particular order. I’m posting this for you to see, to keep me accountable. I’ll cross stuff out as they are accomplished. I will absolutely need help with some of these, so that door is officially open. Also, if I can help you with your 1,000 day project, let me know. I would love to help!
Be completely debt-free
Have a Mutual Fund and Roth IRA set up and funded
Be in a position to financially help people who help people (such as Charity: Water, To Write Love On Her Arms, Tom’s, etc.)
Have a 529 savings plan set up and funded for my child’s college fund
Sponsor a child in Akure, Nigeria
Help 50 entrepreneurs make the world better through Kiva.org
Participate in the U.S. Transplant Games 2012
Do 200 squats
Do 100 pushups
Run a: 5k, 8k, 10k, ½ marathon
Run a marathon on The North Pole. It is absolutely possible, check it out here.
Participate in Warrior Dash
Be able to do one rep. of bench pressing 25, 50, 75, 100lbs
Go vegetarian for a month
Compete in a triathlon
Quit working for other people and work for myself as a professional writer. (At the time of this writing, I have been working for other people for 20 years!)
Performing my poetry in a more public setting individually and resurrect Cool Stinkie and The Watermelon
Create ebooks and products to give solutions to problems
Have self-published my book of poems/short stories on Amazon
Write and publish a print book
Compete in a poetry slam
Reconnect with my father’s side of the family and locate my older brother and find the sister I’ve never met
Show gratitude to 10 people every day
Attend an event/rally about a cause I disagree with or makes me uncomfortable to help the organizers and participants
Become conversational in the following languages: French, Chinese, Latin, American Sign, Spanish
Go to another country to help the citizens in any way I can
Be in a movie or made for t.v. movie
Ride an elephant (extra credit: pet and or chase an actual lion)
Get close enough to touch a wild deer and or chase and catch a wild rabbit
Learn how to play at least 5 songs on the following instruments: drums, ukelele, electric guitar, harmonica
Jump out of an airplane and live
Be completely offline for a month. Yes, including checking the internet from my phone
Swim with sharks and live
Participate in The Running of The Bulls (and again, live. I’m noticing a I-want-to-stay-alive-theme happening)
Interview The President of the United States
See the Aurora Borealis
Attend the Superbowl
Ride in a blimp
Ride in a hot air balloon