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Life List • 1,000 Things I Want to Do in My Life

Obviously the life list, or “bucket list,” below doesn’t show 1,000 things to do in life. Far from it, in fact. But it’s hard to come up with 1,000 things you want to do in life in one sitting. And, even if I did, a week later I probably wouldn’t want to do any of those things anyways. You know? So consider this life list a work in progress. It contains items I add to when I think of something I want to do in my life. It contains items I tick off when I accomplish one of those things. It contains all the things I want to do in life. It contains all the things I want to learn, all the things I want to see, all the places I want to travel to, all the things I want to eat, and all the things I want to experience. Some items will be life-changing, some will be pretty mundane. Some things I’ve wanted to do forever and others just pop into my head at any given moment. But everything on here is on here for a reason. This life list will, hopefully, some day, contain 1,000 things I want to do and, hopefully, some day, will contain 1,000 things I have done, 1,000 things I have accomplished, 1,000 things I have seen, 1,000 things I have experienced. Or maybe more.

This is my life list and these are the things I want to do in my lifetime. What do you want to do in your life?

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Life List Item

Added

Accomplished

1

Backpack through Europe for at least three months.

Jan. 1, 2009

Oct. 3, 2011

2

See the northern lights.

Jan. 1, 2009

3

Learn to surf.

Jan. 1, 2009

4

Learn to swim.

Jan. 1, 2009

Aug. 11, 2012

5

Learn to play the guitar.

Jan. 1, 2009

6

Get married in Vegas.

Jan. 1, 2009

7

Go to Queens Day in Amsterdam.

Jan. 1, 2009

8

Get a Lionel tattoo.

Jan. 1, 2009

9

Go to the Orange throwing festival.

Jan. 1, 2009

10

Drive to Alaska.

Jan. 1, 2009

11

Take a road trip around the entire contiguous US.

Jan. 1, 2009

12

Ride on a hot air balloon.

Jan. 1, 2009

Oct. 14, 2011

13

Go canyoning.

Jan. 1, 2009

14

Camp at the Grand Canyon.

Jan. 1, 2009

 

15

Go to the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Jan. 1, 2009

16

Compete in the Pillsbury Bakeoff.

Jan. 1, 2009

17

Go hang gliding.

Jan. 1, 2009

18

Go dog sledding.

Jan. 1, 2009

19

Road trip Canada.

Jan. 1, 2009

20

Go to the Louvre.

Jan. 1, 2009

Aug. 1, 2011

21

Learn a new language.

Jan. 1, 2009

Apr. 12, 2013

22

Hike the fiordlands in New Zealand.

Jan. 1, 2009

23

Read every pulitzer winning novel.

Jan. 1, 2009

24

Throw tomatoes at La Tomatina.

Jan. 1, 2009

Aug. 31, 2011

25

Learn to play piano.

Jan. 1, 2009

26

See competitive eating in another country.

Jan. 1, 2009

Feb. 4, 2012

27

Go zorbing.

Jan. 1, 2009

28

Learn to fish.

Jan. 1, 2009

May 4, 2013

29

Publish a novel.

Jan. 1, 2009

30

Learn to develop film.

Jan. 1, 2009

31

Be a professional photographer.

Jan. 1, 2009

32

Cook my way through an entire cookbook.

Jan. 1, 2009

33

Go to Australia.

Jan. 1, 2009

34

Learn food styling.

Jan. 1, 2009

35

Be in a horror movie.

Jan. 1, 2009

36

Learn to snowboard.

Jan. 1, 2009

37

Ski on something other than a bunny hill.

Jan. 1, 2009

38

Search for the Loch Ness monster.

Jan. 1, 2009

39

Go to White Sands National Monument.

Jan. 1, 2009

40

Stay at the Bellagio in Vegas.

Jan. 1, 2009

41

Learn to knit.

Jan. 1, 2009

Dec. 15, 2016

42

Learn how to use a kitchen knife like a chef.

Jan. 1, 2009

Sept. 24, 2013

43

Go horseback riding.

Jan. 1, 2009

Jun. 26, 2013

44

See the pyramids in Egypt.

Jan. 1, 2009

45

Go to the Kentucky Derby.

Jan. 1, 2009

46

Get my wisdom teeth taken out.

Jan. 1, 2009

May 18, 2010

47

Cook an entire 4-course dinner party for at least 8 people

Jan. 2, 2009

48

Take a pottery class.

Jan. 2, 2009

49

Appear on the travel channel.

Feb. 8, 2010

50

Dye my hair pink.

Feb. 8, 2010

Sept. 26, 2013

51

Buy a muscle car.

Feb. 8, 2010

52

Ride a rollercoaster that goes upside down.

Feb. 8, 2010

53

Confess my feelings to someone.

Feb. 8, 2010

54

Compete in a professional eating contest.

Feb. 8, 2010

Apr. 23, 2011

55

Run a 5K.

Feb. 8, 2010

Jun. 7, 2014

56

Learn ballroom dancing.

Feb. 8, 2010

57

Learn calligraphy.

Feb. 8, 2010

58

Learn to curl.

Feb. 14, 2010

59

Ride a mechanical bull.

Feb. 14, 2010

60

See an event at the Olympics live.

Feb. 14, 2010

61

See an event at the X Games live.

Feb. 14, 2010

62

Be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras.

Feb. 14, 2010

63

Act in a play.

Feb. 17, 2010

64

Volunteer abroad.

Mar. 5, 2010

Mar. 30, 2012

65

Live somewhere with an exposed brick wall.

Apr. 15, 2010

66

Go to Glacier National Park.

Apr. 15, 2010

67

Go to a White Sox vs. Cubs game.

Apr. 15, 2010

68

Grow a vegetable garden.

May 2, 2010

69

Keep a plant alive for six months.

May 6, 2010

Dec. 2, 2015

70

Watch the sun set and sun rise in one night.

May 6, 2010

71

Get a photo published in a magazine.

May 6, 2010

72

Get a pedicure.

May 6, 2010

Nov. 3, 2012

73

Get a massage.

May 6, 2010

Nov. 29, 2011

74

Open an Etsy store.

May 6, 2010

75

Sing at a live band karaoke.

May 6, 2010

76

Visit Portland.

May 6, 2010

77

Eat a burger cooked in 100 year old grease at Dyer’s Burgers in Memphis.

May 6, 2010

Dec. 13, 2013

78

Pay off my graduate school student loans.

May 6, 2010

Apr. 26, 2018

79

Learn how to pitch a tent and start a campfire.

May 6, 2010

80

Donate blood.

May 6, 2010

81

Go to a drive in movie.

May 6, 2010

82

Fly first class.

May 6, 2010

83

Restore a house.

May 6, 2010

84

Make a chocolate souffle.

May 6, 2010

85

Throw a surprise party.

May 6, 2010

86

Start a food blog.

May 7, 2010

87

Eat vegetarian for a month.

May 7, 2010

Aug. 9, 2010

88

Go skinny dipping.

May 7, 2010

Aug. 26, 2012

89

Take a cruise.

May 7, 2010

90

Audition for a Broadway play.

May 7, 2010

91

Host a coffee party.

May 7, 2010

92

Go to every continent.

May 7, 2010

93

Scan all of my old photos.

May 8, 2010

94

Scan all of my family’s old photos.

May 8, 2010

95

Cook a whole fish.

May 13, 2010

Jun. 9, 2018

96

Volunteer for a good cause.

May 13, 2010

97

Eat at Voodoo Doughnut.

May 13, 2010

98

Get over 5,000 hits on a YouTube video.

May 13, 2010

Dec. 6, 2012

99

Complete a food challenge.

May 13, 2010

100

Fall in love.

May 13, 2010

101

Get lei’d in Hawaii.

May 23, 2010

Jan. 18, 2013

102

Start a compost bin.

May 23, 2010

103

Take a pole dancing class.

May 25, 2010

104

Learn to make gnocchi.

May 25, 2010

Nov. 29, 2012

105

Attend a beach bonfire.

May 27, 2010

106

Learn to make wine.

May 27, 2010

107

Monetize my travel blog.

May 27, 2010

108

Work on an organic farm.

Jun. 5, 2010

109

Make a pinhole camera.

Jul. 21, 2010

110

Eat at the Publican.

Jul. 21, 2010

111

Own a bike and use it for transportation.

Jul. 21, 2010

112

Learn ten different shadow puppets.

Jul. 21, 2010

113

Make homemade marshmallows.

Jul. 21, 2010

114

Learn how to use a grill.

Jul. 22, 2010

115

Eat beignets from Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans.

Sept. 24, 2010

Sept. 17, 2016

116

Take a horse and carriage ride.

Sept. 24, 2010

Oct. 23, 2011

117

Get me photo taken in front of the Las Vegas Sign.

Sept. 24, 2010

118

Stay at the Stanley Hotel.

Oct. 21, 2010

119

See a psychic.

Oct. 26, 2010

Sept. 18, 2016

120

See Machu Picchu.

Jan. 2, 2011

Aug. 12, 2014

121

Host a pig roast.

Jan. 28, 2011

122

Get a margarita at Chipotle.

Mar. 12, 2011

123

Bake a pie from scratch.

Mar. 14, 2011

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124

Sleep in a wigwam.

Apr. 4, 2011

125

Have a water fight at crown fountain.

Jul. 31, 2011

126

Drive Route 66.

Aug. 7, 2011

127

Get picked up at the airport by someone with a sign with my name on it.

Aug. 12, 2011

Oct. 8, 2012

128

Take a nude drawing class.

Aug. 12, 2011

129

Eat something fried at the Texas State Fair.

Sept. 10, 2011

130

Do some canning.

Sept. 28, 2011

131

See La Sagrata Familia finished.

Sept. 29, 2011

132

Win at bingo.

Oct. 1, 2011

133

Bake a rainbow cake.

Oct. 21, 2011

134

Fire a gun at a shooting range.

Oct. 21, 2011

135

Go to Burning Man.

Oct. 24, 2011

136

Ride in a swan-shaped boat.

Oct. 24, 2011

137

Spend Christmas in Europe.

Oct. 24, 2011

138

Camp in Eastern Europe.

Oct. 29, 2011

139

Party in Ibiza, Spain.

Oct. 29, 2011

140

Eat pinchos in San Sebastian, Spain.

Oct. 29, 2011

141

Drink beer at Oktoberfest.

Oct. 29, 2011

142

Road trip in a VW bus.

Dec. 4, 2011

143

Invent a signature cocktail.

Dec. 17, 2011

144

Drive in a rally.

Dec. 23, 2011

145

Craft a Peeps diorama.

Dec. 23, 2011

146

Raid the mini bar.

Dec. 23, 2011

147

Eat a frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity.

Dec. 23, 2011

148

Do yoga.

Dec. 23, 2011

149

Study Spanish in Spain.

Jan. 6, 2012

150

Get a motorcycle license.

Jan. 6, 2012

151

Put together a Rubik’s Cube.

Jan. 11, 2012

152

Learn how to tie a tie.

Jan. 17, 2012

153

Sweat to the oldies.

Jan. 26, 2012

154

Read every Baby-Sitter’s Club book.

Jan. 26, 2012

155

Explore the Mekong Delta.

Jan. 26, 2012

156

Experience the Gibbon Experience in Laos.

Jan. 26, 2012

157

Make a rocking photo booth.

Jan. 26, 2012

158

Become a regular somewhere.

Jan. 28, 2012

159

Drive my car through a tree.

Feb. 16, 2012

160

Go to Disneyworld.

Feb. 16, 2012

161

Jump out of an airplane.

Feb. 26, 2012

162

Learn to twirl fire.

Feb. 26, 2012

163

Pick up some bartending skills.

Feb. 26, 2012

164

Point out 20 constellations.

Mar. 1, 2012

165

Go diving.

Mar. 1, 2012

166

Attend a Full Moon Party in Thailand.

Mar. 11, 2012

167

Organize my recipe collection.

Mar. 13, 2012

Dec. 20, 2016

168

Join a CSA.

Mar. 16, 2012

169

Get my photo taken with Kirsten Dunst.

Mar. 25, 2012

170

Grab a pint at a pub in Ireland.

Mar. 30, 2012

Oct. 1, 2013

171

Sit on the world’s largest rocking chair.

Apr. 1, 2012

172

Attend a food truck meetup.

Apr. 5, 2012

173

Walk the Camino.

May 23, 2012

174

Buy a pair of cowboy boots.

May 25, 2012

175

Attend Songkran.

Jul. 9, 2012

176

Light a lantern at the Chiang Mai lantern festival.

Jul. 9, 2012

177

Make pretty art in a latte.

Jul. 15, 2012

178

Watch a horror movie at Alamo Draft House.

Jul. 15, 2012

179

Go to the top of the John Hancock Tower.

Aug. 11, 2012

Jun. 24, 2014

180

Film a montage of me trying on outfits set to a catchy 80s song.

Sept. 11, 2012

181

Actually go to Bong Recreation Area.

Oct. 26, 2012

182

Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Nov. 14, 2012

183

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Nov. 14, 2012

Jul. 8, 2014

184

Host a themed movie marathon.

Dec. 29, 2012

185

Eat vegan for a month.

Dec. 29, 2012

186

Learn taxidermy.

Feb. 20, 2013

187

Get a fig tattoo.

Apr. 9, 2013

Apr. 14, 2017

188

Make a family tree.

May 11, 2013

189

Ride a camel through the desert.

May 11, 2013

190

Sleep in a treehouse.

May 11, 2013

191

Read the bible.

May 15, 2013

192

Learn to play the harmonica.

Aug. 16, 2013

193

Fly from O’Hare to Midway (or vice versa).

Aug. 16, 2013

194

Dance salsa like that.

Aug. 18, 2013

195

Get TEFL Certified.

Aug. 18, 2013

196

Live for a year in another country.

Aug. 18, 2013

197

Get my hearing checked.

Aug. 19, 2013

198

Create a web series.

Aug. 19, 2013

199

Watch Dark Side of the Rainbow.

Sept. 2, 2013

Sept. 2, 2013

200

Help someone cross an item off of their life list.

Sept. 3, 2013

201

Go on the Chicago architecture boat tour.

Sept. 26, 2013

202

Dance the tango in Argentina.

Sept. 26, 2013

203

Backpack through Africa.

Sept. 28, 2013

204

Attend Carnival.

Sept. 28, 2013

205

Watch the Nutcracker in New York.

Sept. 28, 2013

206

Compete at the Nathan’s Famous July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Oct. 6, 2013

Jul. 4, 2014

207

Road trip Ireland.

Oct. 21, 2013

208

Celebrate New Year’s at Hogmanay.

Jan. 1, 2014

209

Take a long walk on a pink beach.

Jun. 8, 2014

210

Visit Mexico.

Jun. 8, 2014

211

Sew a dress.

Jun. 8, 2014

212

Learn to Flamenco dance.

Jun. 9, 2014

213

Get an item of food named after me in a restaurant.

Jul. 8, 2014

214

Learn to braid my hair

Apr. 10, 2015

215

Walk on the Great Wall of China.

Jan. 19, 2016

216

Eat everything in Austin, Texas.

Jan. 19, 2016

Aug. 23, 2016

217

Visit San Francisco.

Jan. 19, 2016

218

See penguins in Antarctica.

Jan. 19, 2016

219

Buy a carpet in Morocco.

Jan. 19, 2016

220

Get my apartment featured on a design blog.

Jan. 19, 2016

221

Run a 10K.

Jan. 19, 2016

222

Take an improv class.

Jan. 19, 2016

223

Have a drink at an ice bar.

Jan. 24, 2016

224

Experience Iguazu Falls.

Feb. 1, 2016

225

Visit Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog’s Day.

Feb. 2, 2016

226

Take a hike in Patagonia.

Feb. 2, 2016

227

Visit the Prada store in Marfa.

Feb. 13, 2016

227

See the synchronous fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Jun. 25, 2016

228

Learn to play the banjo.

Aug. 9, 2016

229

Explore Petra in Jordan.

Oct. 23, 2016

230

Learn self defense.

Oct. 23, 2016

231

Eat all the pizza in Naples, Italy.

Oct. 23, 2016

232

See the animals of Africa on a Safari.

Oct. 23, 2016

233

See Niagara Falls from both sides.

Oct. 23, 2016

234

Learn sign language.

Oct. 23, 2016

235

Bath in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.

Oct. 23, 2016

236

Learn archery.

Oct. 23, 2016

237

Hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Oct. 23, 2016

238

See a tortoise in the Galápagos Islands.

Oct. 23, 2016

239

Eat a lobster roll in Maine.

Oct. 23, 2016

240

Stand in four states at once.

Oct. 23, 2016

241

Get a henna tattoo.

Oct. 23, 2016

242

Write a song.

Oct. 23, 2016

243

Slurp a milkshake at Black Tap in New York.

Oct. 23, 2016

244

Learn to make doughnuts.

Oct. 23, 2016

245

Learn swing dancing.

Oct. 23, 2016

246

Take ballet.

Oct. 23, 2016

247

Volunteer with pandas.

Oct. 23, 2016

248

Pick figs at a farm.

Oct. 23, 2016

249

See Hamilton.

Oct. 23, 2016

Jan. 24, 2017

250

See at opera at The Met.

Oct. 23, 2016

251

Learn Ruby on Rails.

Oct. 25, 2016

252

Go rock climbing.

Oct. 25, 2016

253

Take a DNA ancestry test.

Jun. 4, 2017

Jul. 6, 2017

254

Visit Tashirojima, Cat Island, in Japan.

Oct. 20, 2017

255

See the Terracotta Army.

Oct. 24, 2017

256

Ride in a Hello Kitty Airplane.

Oct. 24, 2017

257

Visit Santorini.

Oct. 25, 2017

258

Experience Ágitagueda art festival in Portugal.

Oct. 29, 2017

259

Drive U.S. 95 from Las Vegas to Tonopah (the free-range art highway).

Jan. 16, 2018

260

Visit the Dragon Temple at Wat Samphran

Jan. 31, 2018

261

Visit Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Jan. 31, 2018

262

Graduate from a web development bootcamp.

Jan. 31, 2018

263

Meet a sloth.

Nov. 4, 2018

264

Indulge in the Beijing Duck Dinner at Sun Wah BBQ.

Nov. 4, 2018

265

Shake the giant hands on the Golden Bridge near Da Nang, Vietnam.

Nov. 4, 2018

266

Visit Monet’s Garden

Dec. 2, 2018

267

Meet the Hemingway cats.

Dec. 2, 2018

268

Stay in the Idaho Potato AirBNB Hotel.

April 24, 2019

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10 Comments
  • Jake Bikle
    November 6, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    I love the items you have on your list as I am going to steal quite a few and put them on mine as well. It is encouraging to see one living their life and pursuing what they want to do! Always looking forward to life’s next adventure. How do you find flexibility within your schedule to complete these tasks? I am sure to pay for these travels you have a job, I am just curious because I am looking to do something along the same lines as you, but have to tailor my life accordingly. Hopefully you receive this message and could reach me on my email provided!

  • Liam Bahrmasel
    May 18, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Cool, thanks for your stuff. had to wright a thing in school of 50 things to do and I did all 50 of them from here! Liam, age 11

  • Austin Bahumas
    September 11, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Thanks, stole 5 of them for my list for schoolwork, thanks again.

  • Dhanraj Bhagat
    November 11, 2017 at 8:10 am

    I took 69 things from your list and few i added by my own. Reading your post I got an idea of collecting the list of things i wanted and want to do.
    Thanks you so much. and all the best for your goals.
    Keep rocking

  • Wasim Chowdhury
    January 1, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    “drive my car through a tree” gave me a good chuckle.

    • Steve Frazer
      December 23, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      Redwoods in California.

  • Angela Kvitovskiy
    March 2, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    I used a couple….. Hope you don’t mind!!!!

  • tim
    April 16, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    you are helping me with my list one item is to finish it and you give me ideas #200

  • Gladys M.
    May 27, 2018 at 11:06 am

    I am writing 30,000 things to own ,activities to do, skills to learn and places I desire to visit in my lifetime, your list has been of great use as I have borrowed several items on your list. Currently at number 110, I will continue adding more everyday.
    Thanks and regards,
    Gladys from Nairobi Kenya.

    • Jessica Dale
      November 28, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      30,000! I’m struggling to finish a 1000. I did complete a thousand before mind you but I felt a lot of them were unlikely ones to get done, I’m trying to do a more realistic but achievable bucketlist so far I’m u[ to 447. I’d like to see yours when you’re done. Jess from Australia

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