My Impossible List

After the movie The Bucket List a lot of big dreamers, myself included, wrote down a scraggly list of “things to do before death” and stuck it on the fridge to immortalise our life goals, and remind ourselves to do them….some day.

The problem with a bucket list is that, though it sets goals, they aren’t accompanied by any deadlines, so it’s very easy to never get around to actioning any of them. Without any defined timeframe in which to complete each task, it’s almost impossible to find the motivation to make any of them happen. The idea of a bucket list is that you sit down, compile a list of things that you want to do before you kick ‘the bucket’ and then put the list somewhere with the intention of doing those things…at some stage: preferably before you are in a retirement home, drooling into a cup and unable to remember your own name. Bucket lists are something you keep in a drawer in case you ever get diagnosed with a terminal illness, but the Impossible List is different. You write a list of goals that you want to start aiming for right away – not because you are going to die, but because you are going to LIVE.

In the spirit of actually making the bucket list happen, I have created this “Impossible List” The idea is not mine, but rather was created by Joel Runyon, who decided that a bucket list needed to transcend its static state, and become an evolving, fluid list that builds on itself and is constantly in progress. (You can read more about the Impossible List here.) The idea is that the impossible list has small achievements that you can work on right now, mark off and then progress to the next goal. Goals are also added onto it throughout life, when smaller goals are achieved, when opportunities present themselves, or when your life changes direction and you feel that fresh priorities need to be included.

The following is my Impossible List. It’s obviously a very personal list, but public accountability is encouraged so that the motivation for achieving these goals is higher. I’ve divided it up into sections, and have left the ‘travel’ section until last, since it accounts for almost half of the list itself.

I will be striking out items as they are achieved!

 academic and literary

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  • Graduate with a diploma
  • Graduate with a degree
  • Get accepted into my master’s degree
  • Be accepted into an overseas university for undergraduate studies
  • Be accepted into an overseas university for postgraduate studies
  • Be a mentor for another student
  • Study abroad
  • Finish my arts diploma in English
  • Present a paper at a conference
  • Present a paper at a conference overseas
  • Graduate with a PGDip
  • Graduate with a Masters Degree
  • Get accepted into a PhD program
  • Graduate with a PhD
  • Speak at a University
  • Get a tutoring position
  • Get an adjunct position
  • Get a tenure track position
  • Go overseas for research
  • Read 52 books in a year
  • Read every book on Rory’s Book List
  • Write a children’s book
  • Have an e-book I wrote published
  • Have a tree book I wrote published
  • Get a book signed by a favourite author
  • Start a niche blog
  • Gain 500 subscribers
  • Gain 1,000 subscribers
  • Write a play which is performed on stage

events

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  • Mardi Gras, New Orleans
  • Super Bowl
  • Comic Con
  • D23
  • A Broadway Musical
  • A West End Musical
  • An Olympic Opening Ceremony
  • A Drive-In Movie
  • A Steampunk event, in costume
  • A Cirque Du Soleil show
  • A Fashion Show

Misc

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  • Be a prison aid or chaplain
  • Get married
  • Have a child 
    • 3!
    • 4!
  • Own a Brussels Griffon
  • Get my full driver’s license
  • Gain 100 YouTube Subscribers
    • 250
    • 500
    • 1000
    • 2000
    • 5000
    • 10000
  • Meet my grandchildren
  • Take a film class
  • Live in another country for at least six months
  • Record a song in a studio
  • Write a song
  • Perform on stage
  • Take an art class
  • Be a DJ for a day
  • Achieve fluency in:
    • French
    • Te Reo Maori
  • Solve a Rubik’s cube
  • Own a designer purse
  • Own a designer handbag
  • Be an extra in a movie
  • Ride in a limo
  • Achieve my ‘mini-goal’ weight
  • Achieve my goal weight
  • Go on a cruise (preferably Disney)
  • Celebrate my 20 year wedding anniversary
    • 30
    • 40
    • 50
  • Get professionally fitted for a bra
  • Meet a celebrity
  • Attend a red carpet premier
  • Go to a concert
  • Make a quilt
  • Learn Ceroc
  • Have a professional photo shoot
  • Watch the IMDB Top 250 Movies
  • Cook every dish in a cookbook
  • Have a White Christmas
  • Visit a ghost town
  • Entertain the elderly at a Rest Home
  • Serve food at a soup kitchen
  • Start a charity
  • Join a church music team
  • Commit a random act of kindness every day for a month
    • for a year
  • Live off our own garden grown vegetables for 3 months
    • For 6 months
    • For a year
  • Read the Bible from cover to cover
  • Meet the Dalai Lama

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  • Go to a Disney Park
  • Go to Walt Disney World
  • Visit the Walt Disney Family Museum
  • Stay in a Disney hotel
  • Take a class at the Walt Disney Animation Studio
  • Become an annual passport holder
  • Make all the meals in a Disney cookbook
  • Go on a Disney cruise
  • Wear only Disney clothes for a month
  • Visit Walt Disney Studios in California
  • Watch every Disney film, in order of their original release
  • Paint Disney nails
  • See a Disney Broadway show
  • Attend a D23 convention
  • See a Disney on Ice show
  • Have a Disney themed room in my home

travel

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  • New Zealand
    • Hobitton
    • Attend a show at the Civic Theatre
    • Te Papa
    • Go to Rainbow’s End
    • Motat
    • Sky Tower
    • Go Skiing at SnowPlanet
    • Howick Historical Village
    • See a display at the Stardome Observatory
    • Tip Top Factory
    • Visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral
    • Fairymead
  • Go Swimming in Every Ocean
    • Pacific
    • Atlantic
    • Indian
    • Arctic
    • Antarctic
  • Visit all 50 US States
    • 48 to go
  • Visit Australia
    • Melbourne
    • Gold Coast
    • Brisbane
    • Uluru
    • Sydney
      • Opera House
      • Bondi Beach
      • Harbour Bridge
      • Port Jackson
  • Fly First Class
  • Visit 10 Countries
    •  Visit 20 Countries
    • Visit 50 Countries
    • Visit 100 Countries
  • Visit Las Vegas
    • Walk the Strip
    • See a Show
    • Caesar’s Palace
    • Planet Hollywood
    • Hard Rock
    • Graceland Wedding Chapel
  • Visit Massachusetts
    • Mark Twain House
    • Salem
      • Bewitched Statue
    • Harvard
    • Yale
    • Plymouth Rock
  • Visit Pennsylvania
    • Buy an Amish Quilt
    • Liberty Bell
    • Dutch Wonderland
    • Hershey
  • Visit Hawaii
    • Waikiki Beach, Honolulu
    • Got Lei’d!
    • Pearl Harbour
    • Hard Rock Cafe, Honolulu
    • IHOP
  • Visit New York
    • Grand Central Station
    • Niagara Falls
    • Time Square
    • Central Park
    • Empire State Building
    • Statue of Liberty
    • Rockefeller Center
    • Museum of Natural History
    • Guggenheim
    • Ground Zero
    • Chinatown
    • Radio City Music Hall
    • Brooklyn Bridge
    • Madison Square Garden
    • Chrysler Building
    • Washington Square Park
  • Visit Washington
    • Thomas Jefferson Memorial
    • White House
    • Smithsonian Museum
    • Capitol
    • Lincoln Memorial
    • Washington Monument
    • Madame Tussauds DC
  • Visit Tennessee
    • Grand Ole Opry
    • Sun Studio
    • Graceland
  • Visit Florida
    • Walt Disney World
    • Universal Orlando
    • World of Harry Potter
    • Kennedy Space Center
  • Visit Arizona
    • Grand Canyon
    • Red Rock State Park
    • Monument Valley
  • Visit Utah
    • Meet Extended Family!
    • Temple Square
  • Visit California
    • Universal Studios
    • MGM Studios
    • Disney Studios
    • Warner Bros. Studio
    • Hollywood Walk of Fame
    • Madame Tussauds Hollywood
    • Santa Monica Pier
    • Newport Beach
    • Hollywood Museum
    • Disneyland and Disney Downtown District
    • Disneyland California Park
    • Hard Rock, LA
    • Legoland
    • Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Boulevard
    • Celebrity Homes Tour
    • Titanic Museum
    • Ride in a yellow taxi
    • Drive up the 101
    • Go to Wallmart
    • Venice Beach
    • See the Playboy Mansion
    • Marilyn Monroe’s grave
  • Other US
    • Mount Rushmore
    • Drive Route 66
    • Stand on the Four Corners
    • Ride a cable car in San Francisco
  • Visit Italy
    • Trevi Fountain
    • Tower of Pisa
    • Ride a Gondola in Venice
    • See Michaelangelo’s David
    • No 17 Basilica of St Francis of Assisi
    • Write Something For Juliet’s Wall, Verona
    • Colosseum
    • Pantheon
    • Vatican City
  • Visit Austria
    • Sound of Music tour
  • Visit Egypt
    • Pyramids of Giza
    • Sphynx
    • Sinai
  • Visit The Holy Land
    • Float in the Dead Sea
    • Church of the Holy Sepulchre
    • Sea of Galilee
    • Dome of the Rock
    • Mount of Beatitudes
    • Golgotha Hill
    • Western Wall
    • Church of the Nativity
    • Garden Tomb
    • Gethsemane
    • Mount of Olives
    • Petra
  • Visit France
    • Notre Dame
    • Moulin Rouge
    • Crazy Horse
    • Eiffel Tower
    • Louvre
    • Disneyland Paris
    • Paris Opera House
    • Monet’s home in Giverny
    • Versailles
    • Arc De Triomphe
    • Sacre-Coeur
  • Visit London
    • Abbey Road
    • Buckingham Palace
    • Ride a Double Decker
    • Use a Red Phone Box
    • Go on the London Eye
    • Madame Tussauds London
    • Tower Bridge
    • Big Ben
    • Westminster Abbey
    • Trafalgar Square
    • Globe Theatre
    • Harrods
    • Wembley
    • The Shard
    • Charles Dicken’s Old Curiosity Shop
    • Charles Dickens Museum
    • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
    • Platform 9 ¾
  • Other UK
    • Stonehenge
    • Chawton House
    • White Cliffs of Dover
    • Ireland
      • Oscar Wilde’s House
      • Titanic Museum in Belfast
    • Scotland
      • Loch Ness
      • Rosslyn Chapel
    • Bath
      • Roman Baths
      • Jane Austen Centre
      • The Circle
  • Visit Gisbourne
    • Meet whanau
    • See my grandfather’s picture hanging in Penu marae
    • Stand on the Maori land my family inherits
  • Visit India
    • Taj Mahal
  • Visit Netherlands
    • Meet Stephen’s extended family
    • Eat at Lekke Ite
    • Anne Frank’s house
    • Van Gogh Museum
  • Visit Germany
  • Visit Belgium
  • Visit Denmark
    • Hans Christian Andersen House
    • The Little Mermaid
    • Legoland
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