The Good Life

 Carnival, Rio de JaneiroI keep hearing about books with titles like, “1000 Things To Do/Places To Go/Foods To Eat Before You Die“.

I can’t stand stuff like this. Why? Because you read them with the hopes of making your life more interesting, but become depressed once you start investigating Travelocity to see how much it would cost to attend, say, Carnival in Rio De Janeiro and realize not only are you poor; you have a boring life.

My friend over at The Diaper Diaries found a list I like much better.  Everything in bold are things I have actually done.  I’ve always contended that being happy comes from appreciating what you have; and feeling effective comes from dealing not with huge things, but the life you are dealt. 

Also, this list makes me feel quite fascinating and who doesn’t like that feeling?! 

Feel free to leave a comment with “I’ve done this!” if you are so inspired. Enjoy! You have a great life 🙂

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone

08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea

13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game

16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars

20. Changed a baby’s diaper (duh)
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon

22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne (I still sort of shudder when I think of that New Year’s Eve party…)

24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment (how about all of Eigth Grade?)

27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can

32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster

35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking (see number 23)
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day (I tried to pass myself off as a German Exchange student).

38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states

41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had/Have amazing friends

43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country (some guy from the Ivory Coast, while in Seoul, South Korea)
44. Watched whales (I’ve done this twice; once in Alaska and once in Hawaii.  It was awesome!)

45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe

47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach (In case anyone is wondering – Lake Michigan is really, really cold at night. I didn’t like it at all.)
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan (well, visited isn’t the right word.  Unless the airport counts.)
55. Milked a cow (I grew up in Grand Ledge).
56. Alphabetized your cds
57. Pretended to be a superhero

58. Sung karaoke (I am a horrible singer, but on July 4th, 2001, I WAS Tina Turner singing “Proud Mary”)
59. Lounged around in bed all day (I totally miss college).
60. Played touch football (In high school, we Pom Pon girls played the Cheerleaders.  They killed us.)
61. Gone scuba diving

62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater

66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites (Mesa Verde – fascinating!!!)

70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River (I fell out)
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Gotten flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in a Rocky Horror Picture Show
96. Raised children

97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Passed out cold

99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray (At the Zoo.  Yuck.)
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth

112. Won money on a TV game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears

116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept 30 hours in a 48 hour time frame
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read “The Iliad”
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream

142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life



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6 responses to “The Good Life

  1. thediaperdiaries

    touched an iceberg. How cool!

  2. cleaver mama

    I am truly impressed and clearly need to talk to you more often. Perhaps on a one on one on wine basis. You are one fascinating lady!

  3. Yes, this list does make you feel fascinating. I’m envious of your iceberg touching too!

  4. Oh I’m jealous of the iceberg touching too, and the hot air balloon ride, and the whale watching… Great list! 🙂

  5. Are ya just gonna leave us hangin’ with the “Saved someone’s life been there done that” or are you going to expand upon that? 😉

  6. OK Gift of Green here you go! When I was about 8, I pulled my foster brother (who was 9), Mitch out of a swimming pool because he was drowning. Once I got him out, he coughed and sputtered, and then barfed. Lifesaving is not pretty 🙂

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