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
  • Receive a partial scholarship for my undergraduate studies (Eight!)
  • Receive a full scholarship for my master’s degree
  • Receive a TeachNZ scholarship for my graduate teaching degree (Kupe Maori High Achiever’s)
  • Be a mentor for another student
  • Graduate with a graduate teaching qualification
  • Become a registered teacher (provisional)
  • Become a registered teacher (full)
  • Take on a Middle Management role in a school
  • Become a Principal
  • Study abroad
  • Finish my arts diploma in English
  • Present a paper at a conference
  • Present a paper at a conference overseas
  • Graduate with a Masters Degree
  • Get accepted into a PhD program
  • Receive a full scholarship for a PhD
  • Graduate with a PhD
  • Present my research at a university
  • Get a tutoring position
  • Get a tenure track position
  • Go overseas for research
  • Receive a post-doctoral scholarship or bursary
  • Write a tertiary course

 

Writing / Reading Goals:

  • Read 52 books in a year
  • Read every book on Rory’s Book List
  • Write a children’s book
  • Write a college course
  • Write content for an app
  • Have an e-book I ghost-wrote published
  • Have a tree book I ghost-wrote published
  • Have a fiction book I wrote published
    • e-book
    • hardcover
  • Have a non-fiction book I wrote published
    • e-book
    • hardcover
  • Have a book I wrote made into an audiobook
  • Edit a magazine
  • Read a poem I wrote aloud in front of others
  • Get a book signed by a favourite author
  • Attend a writer’s conference
  • Be accepted into the New Zealand Author’s Society
  • Join Christian Writer’s NZ
  • Be the editor of a newspaper
  • Plan and take part in a literary pilgrimage
  • Attend a writer’s group
  • Go on a writer’s retreat
  • Complete NaNoWriMo
  • Start a niche blog
  • Write a play which is performed on stage

events

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  • Mardi Gras, New Orleans
  • Super Bowl
  • San Diego Comic Con
  • A Musical on Broadway
  • A Musical at the West End
  • An Olympic Opening Ceremony
  • A Drive-In Movie
  • The Macy’s Parade
  • A Steampunk event, in costume
  • A Cirque Du Soleil show
  • A Fashion Show
  • Attend a show at the Pop-Up Globe Theatre

Misc

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  • Serve as a prison aid or chaplain
  • Take the kids camping in a caravan
  • Build a tiny house on wheels
  • Buy land
  • Buy our first home
  • 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
  • Gain dual citizenship
  • 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
  • Lose weight
    • 10 kilos
    • 20 kilos
    • 30 kilos
    • 45 kilos
  • Go on a cruise
  • Celebrate my 10 year wedding anniversary
    • 20
    • 30
    • 40
    • 50
  • Meet a celebrity
  • Attend a red carpet premier
  • Go to a concert
  • Buy an Amish quilt
  • Cook every dish in a cookbook
  • Have a White Christmas
  • Visit a ghost town
  • Become a marriage celebrant
  • Become a Justice of the Peace
  • Entertain the elderly at a Rest Home
  • Serve food at a soup kitchen
  • Serve food to the homeless on Queen St
  • 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 exclusively, 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
  • Visit Disneyland at Christmas
  • Visit every Disneyland on earth
    • California
    • Florida
    • Tokyo
    • Paris
    • Hong Kong
  • 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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  • Eat at every Hard Rock Cafe on earth
  • New Zealand
    • Hobitton
    • Stratford
    • Guinea Pig Village
    • Carterton Stonehenge
    • Taranaki Pioneer Village
    • Attend a show at the Civic Theatre
    • Te Papa
    • Go to Rainbow’s End
    • Silverdale Pioneer Village
    • Motat
    • Sky Tower
    • Go Skiing at SnowPlanet
    • Michael Parekowhai’s Lighthouse
    • The Maritime Museum
    • Rotorua Maori Village
    • Rotorua Bible Musem
    • Visit Weta Workshops
    • Howick Historical Village
    • See a display at the Stardome Observatory
    • Tip Top Factory
    • Visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral
    • Auckland Art Gallery
    • Walk the Te Ara I Whiti Lightpath
    • Fairymead
    • Gisborne
    • Marsden Point
  • 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
    • Emily Dickinson Museum
    • Louisa May Alcott’s House
  • 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
    • Jurassic Park filming locations
    • See the pink hotel
  • 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
    • Strand Bookstore
    • 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
    • Patsy Cline Museum
    • The Cash Museum
  • Visit Mississippi
    • Lewis Ranch
  • Visit Florida
    • Walt Disney World
    • Universal Orlando
    • World of Harry Potter
    • Kennedy Space Center
    • Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
    • Cocoa Beach Half Marathon
  • 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
    • Bubblegum Alley
    • 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
    • Pan Am Experience
  • Other US
    • Mount Rushmore
    • Drive Route 66
    • Stand on the Four Corners
    • Ride a cable car in San Francisco
    • Forks
    • Stay in the Bella Swan house AirBnB
    • Alcatraz
    • The American Writer’s Museum, Chicago
    • Missouri Toy Museum
    • Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum
    • University of Texas – Gutenberg Bible
    • Mountain Lake Lodge, Virginia
  • 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
    • Roman Forum
    • Pantheon
    • Vatican City
  • Visit Austria
    • Sound of Music tour
    • Austrian National Library
    • Freud Museum
    • Literature Museum
  • 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
    • Shakespeare and Company bookstore
    • Versailles
    • Paris Marais Doll Museum
    • Arc De Triomphe
    • Sacre-Coeur
  • Visit London
    • Abbey Road
    • Buckingham Palace
    • Ride a Double Decker
    • Use a Red Phone Box
    • Holy Trinity Church
    • Go on the London Eye
    • Colmar Commune
    • Madame Tussauds London
    • Tower Bridge
    • Big Ben
    • Westminster Abbey
    • Trafalgar Square
    • Globe Theatre
    • Harrods
    • Look at Sylvia Plath’s work at The British Library
    • 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
    • Guernsey
    • Oxford
    • Cambridge
    • Chatsworth House
    • Cotswolds – Tolkien Locations
    • Beatrix Potter House
    • Monk’s House
    • Ashdown Forest
    • Brighton Toy Museum
    • Bath
      • Roman Baths
      • Jane Austen Centre
      • The Circle
  •  Ireland
    • Oscar Wilde’s House
    • Titanic Museum in Belfast
    • James Joyce statue in Dublin
    • The Blarney Stone
  •  Scotland
    • Loch Ness
    • Edinburgh old town
    • Fife
    • Inverness
    • Loch Ness
    • Rosslyn Chapel
    • Callanish Stones
    • Doune Castle
    • Orkney Islands
    • Elephant House
    • The Writer’s Museum
    • The Harry Potter Bridge
    • Holyrood House
    • Urquhart Castle
    • Stirling Castle
    • Culloden Battlefield
    • St Giles Cathedral
    • Camera Obscura
    • Calanais
  • 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
    • Amsterdam
    • Visit the Efteling theme park, and stay in the Snow White room
  • Visit Germany
    • Berlin Wall
    • Bernkastel

 

  • Visit Belgium

 

  • Visit Denmark
    • Hans Christian Andersen House
    • The Little Mermaid
    • Legoland
  • Visit Switzerland
    • Greisinger Museum

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